Sir John Soane's Museum Tours
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Housed within the walls of his own home, Sir John Soane’s Museum was designed to inspire students of architecture and drawing by providing examples of different architectural styles and decoration. It has been open to the public since 1837.
Sir John Soane was a successful British neoclassical architect, responsible for designing several important Regency-era buildings, including the Bank of England. After becoming professor of architecture at the Royal Academy, he decided to create a museum within his home (made up of three buildings in Lincoln’s Inn Fields) for his students, and the result is a quirky collection of copies of famous statues, Soane’s architectural models, and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
Visit independently or book a tour that visits the museum, like the secret gardens excursion of London that includes afternoon tea.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Admission to the museum is free.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible but is narrow in parts. There are a few special custom-sized wheelchairs available.
- You can prebook a guided tour.
- The museum does not have a shop or cafe.
How to Get There
The museum is located at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in Holborn, London. The closest tube (subway) stop is Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) which is a short walk away. Numerous buses including nos. 1, 59, and 188 stop nearby on Kingsway.
When to Get There
Sir John Soane’s museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am–5pm. Last entry is at 4:30pm. It’s also open on bank holidays. Weekends are the busiest time to visit.
Take a Break at Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Thought to have inspired Central Park in New York, the urban green space at Lincoln’s Inn Fields is a popular spot to stop and take a break on any busy day out visiting London’s museums. Close to Sir John Soane’s Museum and the British Museum, it’s the largest public square in the city.
Address: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, England
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Sir John Soane's Museum
Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
Private and Luxury
Discover the historical pubs of London on a private walking tour along the infamous ‘street of shame.’ Your guide tailors the stops to your group, choosing from about 30 pubs and gin distilleries along the route. Stop for a drink at four or five famous pubs and get recommendations from your guide for drinks. Finish near Covent Garden where you can dine in a haunted centuries-old pub.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Private and Luxury
Get the most out of your experience in London's world-class museums by booking a private guide to lead you through. You and your private party will enjoy personalized attention and the ability to focus on the types of art that interest you. Since your guide has a degree in art history, you'll be treated to educated commentary on all the art and artifacts.
Nature and Wildlife
See the capital in bloom on a full-day tour of London’s most beautiful and little-visited gardens, followed by a decadent High Tea at the Kensington Palace Orangerie. With a maximum of 4 people and private transport by black cab, you’ll enjoy the personalised attention of your guide, as you stroll around pretty rose gardens, green squares and sunken gardens. Visit the Lincoln's Inn Fields and the John Soane Museum, browse the London Garden Museum and learn about medicinal plants and flowers at Chelsea Physic Garden.
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