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Geffrye Museum, Hoxton

Posted by on Thursday, 12 January, 2012 in Museums, Rainy day, Sunny day

Geffrye Museum, Hoxton

Interested in interior design?  Then a trip to the Geffrye Museum of the Home could be for you.  Located on Kingsland Road in Hoxton, just a stone’s throw from the City of London, the Geffrye Museum’s permanent display consists of eleven rooms decorated in the style of different periods from 1600 to the present day.  The museum shows how the changing lifestyle of the urban middle classes in Britain over the past 400 years affected the design of their homes, complete with furniture and artefacts from each era.  We visited during the Geffrye’s ‘Christmas Past’ exhibition, for which the period rooms had been decorated to demonstrate how the festive season was celebrated throughout the ages.

This small and friendly museum is a pleasant spot to pass an hour or two. The rooms are laid out on the ground floor of the building and are accessible with a pushchair, although we found the route through the exhibits to be narrow in the oldest period rooms, particularly when a school party was squeezing past us.

If you have older children, the museum’s website has a well-designed kids’ zone with online and printable games and activities, including the chance for children (or adults!) to design their own room or herb garden – handy for preparing for, or following up from, your visit.

Sign for the herb garden at the Geffrye Museum

The herb garden is open between the beginning of April and the end of October

The Geffryre museum’s herb and period gardens, located to the rear of the museum (and visible from the platform at Hoxton station), are open from April to October, but there is plenty of space for little ones to toddle about in the museum’s front garden all year round.

Interest rating

More interesting for mums than babies, but lots of activities for older children.

Admission cost

Admission to the permanent displays and gardens is free.  There may be a charge for entry to special exhibitions.


There is an attractive, light and airy restaurant overlooking the Geffrye Museum’s gardens.

As a rough guide, a cappuccino will set you back £2.25.  The menu offers a range of snacks and light meals.


There are baby changing facilities (which a member of staff kindly pointed out on our arrival).

The restaurant provides high chairs.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12 – 5pm

Closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

Contact details

Telephone: 020 7739 9893

Getting there

Address:  Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E2 8EA



By train:

The closest station is Hoxton (London Overground), which is located directly to the rear of the museum and has step free access from the platform to the street.

The nearest tube stations are:

– Old Street (Northern Line) – fifteen minute walk or short bus ride (243); or

– Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan Lines) – short bus ride (149 or 242).

By bus: 67, 149, 242, 243, 394.

While you are in the area…

Check out the boutiques, traders’ market (Tuesday to Friday, Sunday), cafes and bars at Spitalfields, Commercial Street, E1 6AA (a fifteen minute walk from the Geffrye Museum).


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