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British Museum
The British Museum | Photo: David Robertson

Our blockbuster museums are bursting with treasures and a tour with a Guidelines guide is the best way to see the big-league artefacts and exhibitions. Your guide will take you straight to the heart of wonders such as the British Museum, the National Gallery or the Victoria and Albert Museum. You'll come away with more than bare facts, too: you’ll understand the context of what you're seeing and why it’s so important.

London's best Galleries and Museums

No matter what your interest, London has museum or gallery for you, but some of our favourites are listed below:

  • Bank of England Museum

    Money talks and this museum has a lot to say. Exhibits on currency, forgery and weapons used to protect all the gold and silver!
  • Inside the British Museum

    British Museum

    The Big One. Houses artefacts from every world culture and every age of man. Ask us for the highlights tour – you won’t be disappointed!
  • V&A Museum of Childhood

    Everything child-related: toys, games, clothes and one of the largest collections of dolls houses in Europe.
  • Courtauld Gallery

    Discover world-famous masterpieces by van Gogh, Manet and Cézanne, with paintings, drawings and bronzes by Degas, among one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world.
  • Tate Modern.

    Design Museum

    The brainchild of British design guru Sir Terence Conran, this museum celebrates contemporary design. Come and be astonished at the art around us in everyday life from motorway signage to domestic appliances.
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery

    England’s first purpose built art gallery, pre-dating the National Gallery and housing one of the world's most important collections of European old master paintings of the 1600s and 1700s.
  • The Fan Museum

    The world’s only museum dedicated to fans and their role in the femininity and fashions of days gone by. See its 3,500 antique fans, some of which date back to the 1200s!
  • The Florence Nightingale Museum

    Devoted to one of Britain’s first advocates of free healthcare, the Florence Nightingale museum uses her belongings, letters and memorabilia to show her achievements that still underlie today’s modern hospitals.
  • The Freud Museum

    Containing Freud’s original couch, this beautiful home shows the pioneering psychoanalyst’s study recreated when he fled to London just as it had been in Vienna.
  • The Garden Museum

    The burial place of Captain Bligh, of HMS Bounty fame, this museum in the former church of St Mary Lambeth, records and celebrates how new species of flowers, shrubs and trees were imported to Britain in the days when a long sea voyage was the only way to find them.
  • The Hayward Gallery

    At the heart of the Southbank Centre, the Hayward Gallery is a major force in London’s international modern art scene, with installations, exhibits and talks.
  • The Royal Hospital Museum

    Exhibiting connections to Joseph Merrick (the 'Elephant Man'), and heroic nurse Edith Cavell, this museum’s new section on forensic medicine (sponsored by crime writer Patricia Cornwell) features original material on murders such as Jack the Ripper and Dr Crippen.
  • National Gallery

    The Museum of London

    The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present. Very child-friendly – a good first stop in London to orient yourself!
  • The National Gallery

    Housing one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world, the National Gallery is the place to see all the great masters. We’ll guide you through the collection, or a single period – you choose!
  • The National Portrait Gallery

    See the faces of famous folk you‘ve heard about on your tours. Meet king and queens, artists and authors – everyone who’s anyone in British public life is here.
  • The Queens Gallery

    Her Majesty holds stunning porcelain, antiques and works of art in trust – all for us! Come and see them at this special gallery right next to Buckingham Palace.
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    Wallace Collection

    Twenty-five galleries housing superb Old Master paintings, furniture and porcelain. Don’t miss its world class armoury, with more than two thousand pieces from Britain and Europe.
  • The Royal Academy of Arts

    Home of the world-renowned Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts was founded by George III in 1768. American painter Benjamin West served as its second president. Still a school at which the best of British artists and architects have studied, the RA is the place to go for English art at its best.
  • The Saatchi Gallery

    Now housed at the elegantly redeveloped Duke of York Square, the Saatchi collection still works to build the audience for contemporary art. You’ll see it here first – the gallery acts as springboard for the careers of many young artists who later become big names on the international art scene.
  • Tate Britain

    Definitive collection of British art from 1500, including the largest collection of works by J M W Turner in the world.
  • Tate Modern

    Marvel at this iconic re-born power station and the setting it provides for Britain’s collection of international modern art from the 20th century onwards.
  • Victoria & Albert Museum

    Swan wallpaperNo buts about it, the V & A is the world's greatest museum of decorative art and design. Take in amazing artefacts including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, metalwork, sculpture and textiles. Our specialist guides will make sure you don’t miss the jewels of the collection.
  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

    Tennis enthusiasts will not want to miss this journey into the heart of the game. Tour No 1 Court, the press room and, when building work allows, Centre Court. See the world-famous Wimbledon trophies and a collection of clothing and equipment from the 1880s.

Tour Rates

Length Cost
Half Day (morning or afternoon up to 4 hours) £288 plus transportation costs
Full Day (7–8 hours) £396 plus transportation costs

Entrance fees, transportation costs, meals and refreshments not included.

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