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Geffrye Museum

KidRated’s Geffrye Museum Top Tips:

  • Look out for great holiday activities
  • If the weather is nice, the garden is unmissable
  • If you’re in the area, why not visit the Museum of Childhood

Exploring homes from 1600 to the present day, the Geffrye Museum looks at how the way we use our homes has changed through the ages.


Set in an 18th-century almshouse in Hoxton, east London, the main museum is one long corridor allowing you to quite literally walk through time. The 20th century rooms are in a modern extension to the original house.


The Geffrye is a great place for younger kids. Everyday there are fun arts and crafts activities in the Kids’ Zone and in the gardens, weather permitting. The cafe has a children’s menu and a good selection of breakfast and lunch foods as well as cakes and coffee. It’s right next to the Kids’ Zone so a perfect place for parents to have a coffee while the kids get creative.


On special days you also have the chance to take a tour of the two restored almshouses.  The Geffrye is particularly special at Christmas when each room is decorated how people of that era would have decorated for the festive season.


It’s also a great museum for kids to be able to roam free – it’s so small that it’s impossible to get lost!

Booking Advice:

  • The museum is free
  • Audio guides are £3.50 and available from the reception
  • Activities and guided tours to the restored almshouse are first come first serve – tours of the almshouse are free for kids



136 Kingsland Road
E2 8EA

Phone number:

+44 (0) 20 7739 9893


Opening hours:

The Geffrye closed on 7 January 2018 for two years for a transformational development project.
The restored almshouse is open for tours on certain Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays - check website for details:

How to get there:

Overground: Hoxton

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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • The free lockers are well worth using.
  • It’s a long narrow corridor so take care not to block the access.
  • If you prefer to eat outside have a picnic in the front garden (there are benches) but not in the period gardens at the back of the museum.
  • So many fun free holiday activities it’s worth returning often.


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