Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane's Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The unusual and unique home of Sir John Soane, eccentric architect of the Bank of England, presents a chimera of colors, unusual perspectives and decorative ornaments drawn from many centuries. Entry is free but timed tickets must be booked online.
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Neighbourhood: Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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  • Holborn • 3 min walk
  • Chancery Lane • 6 min walk
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  • AKTraveler50
    Port Ludlow, Washington273 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating, eclectic museum
    This is a fascinating, eclectic museum filled to the brim with such an assortment of artifacts that it's hard to describe. We walked in and walked around without a tour, but with the help of a map and the knowledgeable and friendly guides, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. This is a small museum, but there are a lot of nooks and crannies. I think if we were to come again, we would book a tour. I'm sure there are some things that we missed. If you're a history buff, an art or architecture buff, or just someone fascinated with historical artifacts, then this is the museum for you. We would definitely come back the next time we're in the neighborhood.
    Thanks for such a lovely review. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
    Written 6 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time
    This is certainly a weird place and well worth visiting. It is the house of a wealthy architect who instructed that it should be left as it was on the date of his death in 1837. There is lots to see and the exhibits are purposefully not labelled so that the atmosphere can be appreciated if not enjoyed. It is so stuffed full of antiquities that it is difficult to see how someone could have lived there. You are likely to have to queue to enter although admission is free. There are also guided tours of the 'closed" rooms and these have to be booked in advance. The staff are extremely helpful and will explain the unusual exhibits and history behind them. One of London's hidden gems.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • LewBowers
    Portland, Oregon77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for anyone interested in architecture
    Anyone interested in architecture must visit this house. In addition to an interesting collection of antiquities, the house itself is fantastic. Sloan was a famous architect and you can see and experience the various ways that Sloan brought natural light into all parts of his home. I found it fascinating. Everything has been left as it was when Sloan died in the 1830s. Excel at example of a period house designed by a gifted architect.
    Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for the review!
    Written 30 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Lori T
    Westlake, Ohio2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lesser visited London locales
    Three days in London to visit lesser known museums and neighborhoods. Sir John Soanes museum was a real treat. It had a little of everything in an eccentric house. We also checked out the dock lands and museum. A part of modern London that was very cool and surprising. Especially, the museum gave a perspective on the shipping industry of bygone days. We also did our own walking tour of east London and the Jack the Ripper locales. We took a Thames boat tour that was informative and a convenient way to get to Greenwich. I would only recommend this if the weather is nice. Overall you can’t go wrong anywhere in London. Such a great world class city!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Emma M
    Salisbury, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A super small museum.
    I'll start with information - when you arrive and before you enter the building you will be asked to put your coats and bags into clear carrier bag. if they don't fit into the bag, you are directed to the cloak room when your belongings will be stored and you will be given a numbered tag to show when you want to retrieve them at the end of your visit. The cloak room is manned. So, you can keep some items with you and you can carry them with you, as long as they fit in the plastic bag. None of this was explained, but when I asked I was told that some areas are very cramped and you have more awareness of your possessions if you are carrying them. It is worth buying the guide book for £3, card payment only. This gives you some idea of the rooms contents, it really is the most fascinating collection of objects and room guides will give you more details. There's a nice small giftshop, normal London prices, I would definitely go back and do a guided tour to get more out of my visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Steve_of_N21
    London, United Kingdom3,054 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy the guide to get the most out of this collection.
    A small museum just off Lincoln Inn Fields showcasing the eclectic collection of the neo classical architect Sir John Soames. Based over the two town house buildings and three floors which was Soames place of residence during his life, it’s a fascinating collection of artworks and drawings. The corridors and passageways are tight so only limited numbers are allowed in at any one time, but an efficient queuing system is employed on the pavement outside. It is free to enter but as there is no information given on the actual collection pieces the available guidebook for £3 is pretty essential, and at a price point lower than a half of lager will cost you in the nearby pub, a reasonable investment that will aid your understanding of this museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Simon H
    Singapore, Singapore314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a trip back to 1837
    After many trips to London, we finally got to this fascinating museum. Left pretty much as it was in 1837 (by Act of Parliament, no less), Sir John Soan's museum is an amazing timecapsule of Georgian/Regency life. While I was indeed interested in the collection, I was actually even more interested in the house itself. You could actually imagine what it was like to be a wealthy person back in 1837. I thus actually liked the absence of the labels, signs and interpretive screens you see in most museums. There are numerous helpful and knowledgeable volunteers around to answer any questions. I should also note the exhibition on illuminations - fascinating, and something I hadn't been aware of.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • william d
    Coventry, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Compact but quirky collector's home
    This is a surprising, quirky and compact museum. The personal collection of one man who crammed his home with ancient artifacts and paintings by artists such as Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. When Sir John Soane ran out of room he purchased the neighbouring terraced town houses and extended into them. Being an architect he ingeniously used skylights and mirrors to illuminate his collection, which he passed to the nation upon his demise. Entrance is free, but due to the confined space you will need to queue outside before gaining entry, which is strictly controlled so that the maximum permitted capacity is not exceeded. There are rules about what bags can be taken in (so best not to have one at all) and even the smallest bag has to be covered with the provided plastic bag. There is a toilet and a classy souvenir shop, but not much else by way of facilities. Items are unlabelled, but there's an excellent guide book at just £3.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Whitehalltraveller
    Pinner, United Kingdom404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a museum!
    I’ve been wanting to visit this museum for years and finally made it. What a gem, the museum is like tardis, book the highlights tour as the guides are excellent who will explain everything and you will access parts of the museum only available on the tour. I absolutely loved it! Another friend of mine visited and didn’t do the tour and couldn’t appreciate everything on site. Highlights tour has to be booked in advance and is worth every penny!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 January 2024
  • u2fan56
    London, United Kingdom872 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint and historical museum and free
    My wife and I went to Sir John Soane's Museum recently. Recommend to go when it opens because the is queue and will get busier throughout day. The museum is small so they have to manage the number of people. The museum is free which is nice. Lot of history packed into small space. Recommend to interact with the museum staff who help you better understand the room and history.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 February 2024
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Sue C
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
This has been on my To See list for a long time but somehow was closed when I happened to be in London. So I was thrilled to find it just around the corner from the Bedford Hotel last week.
You'd really need to visit several times - there's SO much to see. The room stewards are helpful and well informed which is very helpful. There is the most amazing collection of everything really. Interestingly there is a concurrent exhibition of amazing works by Liberian Lina Iris Viktor which was an extra treat. I'm going back for more in October.
Written 15 July 2024
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SydnTooli
Sydney715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Shocked at how amazing this museum was. Over 3 separate buildings, this museum contained a treasure trove of exhibits, sculptures, paintings, parts of buildings, all superbly displayed. Skip the bigger names and spend an hour or two here. Highly recommended. More than 5 star.
Written 15 June 2024
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Explore585948
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Made a 20-minute detour to visit this museum, only to be told we couldn’t go in as we had one cabin-sized bag with us which wouldn’t fit in the luggage store. It was first-thing on a Sunday and we saw maybe three other visitors.

We cannot be the only people who would visit with a small suitcase so luggage storage needs to be improved.

We were directed to the medical museum across the park, which apparently has a bigger luggage store, but this was closed on Sundays so we had a completely wasted trip.

I’m a journalist for a property publication and wanted to mention the museum in my next travel feature as our readers love architecture, but sadly won’t be able to do that now.
Written 9 June 2024
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Demothesis
Portsmouth, UK292 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
A mere stones throw from the Hunterian Museum, is this quirky and fascinating house. I spent a good 45 mins wondering the various rooms open to the public.

Entry is free, but all bags have to be checked in or placed into a clear plastic bag they provide. You are not allowed to carry anything ‘over the shoulder’ into the house.

Whilst quite quirky, the house has many narrow areas that will restrict movement, especially if busy. When I visited they had a number of school children looking round. Whilst I was glad to see them learning, this did make movement very haphazard.

It is quite interesting, but small children may get bored quickly. It is very much a looking museum and touching of anything is almost nonexistent.

Glad I visited, but would not return.
Written 6 June 2024
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Emily
London, UK436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Great Collection of Objects, pictures and drawings as well as a well preserved house.
Lots to see, and staff were very friendly & helpful.
No descriptions on items, but you can buy a guidebook.
Free entry and worth a visit.
Written 26 May 2024
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Melanie O
Saint Louis, MO36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Totally unexpected and fascinating. We were looking for the next layer of tourist spots and this was perfect. If you like classical themes and art, this is the place. There is so much displayed here that you can get a bit overwhelmed but the guides love the place and are very happy to spend time with you.
Written 25 May 2024
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,784 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This smallish museum is situated in the home of Sir John Soane who was a very good architect as well as being a collector of all manner of things but particularly Roman and Egyptian type artifacts. There's even a sarcophagus.

It's free to visit and you can take photos for personal use. Ang bags will be placed inside a plastic bag to help protect the contents of the museum. Because you do get up close and personal with the pieces. The place is jam-packed with items. Quite extraordinary.

Make sure you visit all floors and take time to gaze in awe at this mini-British Museum.

Well worth a visit. Best tube stop is Holborn.
Written 21 May 2024
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Thanks for your very kind review!
Written 23 May 2024
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sheepygold
london5,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I haven't been here for a few years and decided to bring my nephew who has never been. We came on bank holiday Monday and were greeted by a queue outside - we waited about 10 minutes. Inside it was quite busy but not uncomfortably so. We managed to get on a tour of the top floor which is not generally open. The tour lasted about 25 minutes and was very worthwhile especially seeing the cork model of Pompeii. We also chatted to a couple of the staff who were very knowledgeable. This is an excellent museum and pretty much unique as the house is as the owner left it when he died nearly 200 years ago. Allow 2 hours here. If you have time consider visiting the Hunterian Museum across the way.
Written 8 May 2024
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Thanks for visiting and for your kind review. Delighted that you enjoyed seeing the Private Apartments!
Written 23 May 2024
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Mel 200
Florianopolis, SC145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you want to avoid the standard tourist route, come here!

Quickly queue, despite only a few people entering at a time.

An unusual museum, the objects are just a foot away from you, so be careful not to bump into anything.

I don't recommend coming with children for this reason.

John Soane is a very interesting figure and his house is definitely very rich in culture, pieces of the world, in different eras.

Worth the visit, more than many large/well-known museums.

I recommend buying the guide book to understand the pieces.

I saw some people with guides taking a tour but I don't know the prices.
Written 28 April 2024
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burmagirl
United Kingdom26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I’ve been to this museum before in 2012 which was fantastic but it was undergoing renovations so we weren’t able to see all of the building. So it was a fascinating visit 2nd time around. As my friend I have health issues I phoned ahead to check on accessibility. The lovely chap named Sam was extremely helpful and mentioned there was a lift we could use. This was a game changer for us. The staff especially the duty manager were so kind and helpful throughout our visit.

I have osteoarthritis and had a stroke a few months ago and my balance has been affected. So I did lean and had my fingers lightly touching against a table in one of the breakfast rooms and was told off. None of the furniture is to be touched as so much was the original furniture was belonged to the Soanes Family. I completely understand the concern especially if children are running around and there’s a risk of bumping into busts or precious objects. However, a 200 year solid table I might perhaps argue will last even longer than me! There are so many precious items in the collection including an Egyptian Sarcophagus belonging to SETI 1.

I loved the hidden lift behind what looked like a cupboard door! We also loved the hidden Hogarth paintings behind some wooden doors. Just loved the whole experience. This wonderful museum is free of charge and relies very much on donations. If you can visit then please go and see them.

I’d like to thank all the staff for being so helpful and helping to make our visit special.
Written 23 April 2024
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