1880s almshouse room - photography Hannah Taylor
The Geffrye is now closed for a transformational, two-year development.
Although the main museum is closed, there are still reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a programme of events and activities in our front gardens.
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Visit one of the Geffrye's 18th-century almshouses which has been fully restored to its original condition, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in former times. Tours are led by our knowledgeable team of volunteers.
Tours are available on the following days:
- Saturdays**28 April, 12 and 26 May and 9* and 23 June 2018
- Tuesdays: 8 and 22 May and 12 and 26 June 2018
- Wednesdays: 2 and 16 May and 2 and 20 June 2018
- Thursday: 31 May 2018
Timed entries are at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm with additional 4pm tours between April and October.
Tours are priced at £5 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free.
Get a coffee and cake for £5 from our neighbours at the Hoxton Cabin, by showing your stamped ticket when you finish your tour.
Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note that owing to the nature of the building, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here.
** New Object Handling tours
Themed object handling tours will run on Saturday afternoons at 2 and 3pm, and 4pm from April.
- Saturday 28 April - Keeping home
- Saturday 12 May - Lighting and heating
- Saturday 26 May - Food preparation and eating
- Saturday 23 June - Lighting and heating
London History Day
Thursday 31 May, 11am - 4.30pm (last entry 4.15pm). Free
Join us for a special almshouse tour which reflects the theme of Ageing with Courage, and asks what was life like for pensioners at the Geffrye almshouse.
Open House Families
* Saturday 9 June, 10am - 4pm
Celebrating Open House Families with activities for all ages.
Almshouse tours at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
Explore our almshouse buildings and get a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s by joining a tour produced by young people that is especially designed for families.
Group visits to the almshouse
For advance booking for groups of 8 or more contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7739 9893.
Please note that a maximum of 10 spaces per tour can be reserved for pre-booked groups; if your group is more than 10 we can split your group over 2 tours. This allows us to keep 6 spaces for other visitors that turn up on the day.
Unfortunately we are unable to take advance bookings for tours on Saturdays.