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Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

Right, it's that time of year again to detail when london's major attractions will be closed over the Christmas period. Fell free to add any that I have missed.

Westminster Abbey

Monday 24th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

Tuesday 25th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

http://www.westminster-abbey.org/

St Paul’s

Monday 24th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

Tuesday 25th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

http://www.stpauls.co.uk/

Tower of London

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.

hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/…openingtimes.aspx

Hampton Court Palace

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/planyourvisit/…

Kensington Palace

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/planyourvisit/op…

Windsor Castle

Closed 25th and 26th December

The castle is open on Christmas Eve but St George’s Chapel is only open for worshippers attending services.

www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp…

Natural History Museum

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/index.html

Science Museum

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum.aspx

V & A Museum.

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

www.vam.ac.uk/your_visit/opening/index.html

Kew Gardens

Closed 24th and 25th December

www.rbgkew.org.uk/visitor/timeskew.html

Imperial War Museum, Churchill museum and Cabinet War Rooms, HMS Belfast

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

london.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.00b002

http://cwr.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.00f002

hmsbelfast.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.00e002

National Maritime Museum, Queen's house and Royal Observatory (all in

Greenwich)

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

www.nmm.ac.uk/server/show/conWebDoc.373

Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark is closed for conservation work to be undertaken.

Somerset House and associated galleries.

Closed 25th and 26th December

www.somerset-house.org.uk/planning/index.html

British Museum

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December and 1st January

www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/visit/opening.html

Museum of London

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January

www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/YourVisit/

Museum in Docklands

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January

museumindocklands.org.uk/English/YourVisit/

National Gallery

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January

www.nationalgallery.org.uk/plan/default.htm

National Portrait Gallery

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.

http://www.npg.org.uk/live/opening.asp

Tate Modern

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.

www.tate.org.uk/modern/information/hours.htm

Tate Britain

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

www.tate.org.uk/britain/information/hours.htm

Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition

Closed 24th and 25th December

shakespeares-globe.org/tourexhibition/…

London eye

Closed 25th December.

londoneye.com/VisitorInformation_wtv.aspx…

London Dungeons

Closed 25th December

thedungeons.com/en/…content

Charles Dickens Museum

Closed 25th December and 1st January

http://www.dickensmuseum.com/opening.htm

Britain at War Experience

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

www.britainatwar.co.uk/information.html

and finally….

London Walks operate 365 daya a year and will have 2 walks on Christmas Day (although they may yet add another walk in the evening).

At 11 am - Christmas Morning 1660 - Samuel Pepys's London

At 2 pm - The Charles Dickens Christmas Day London Walk

Both start from the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree.

walks.com/Homepage/…589

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41. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

Hey HoustonKaren....we are also flying in to London on Christmas day from Houston....maybe we are on the same flight???? My plan is to place a grocery order and have it delivered to our rented flat on the 23rd. The owner has agreed to receive it and put it up for me. We are taking the GEX bus (yuk) but it was the least expensive. Trully hoping to catch a cab on to our flat. My hub will be jet lagged and teen daughter energized so I am planning to walk to Trafalger sq. and around a bit. The Hard Rock Cafe might be open on Christmas Day.... it's the original and we will go one day while we are there. Also, last year the hop on hop off bus operated on Christmas with a 2 day pass for the price of one....a good way to see the highlights. We are flying CO at around 3 pm the 24th....

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42. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

As someone who travels a great deal to other countries, I am not surprised to learn that Great Britain's traditions include pretty much shutting down for a couple of days over the Christmas holidays. I am, however, sorry that posters on this forum felt it was right and proper to respond in a fairly "snide" way to someone who was distressed to learn her holiday plans might be flawed. Americans make a big deal about Christmas too, but commercial activities (and transportation venues) don't shut down completely.

I work in the healthcare industry and our folks are providing care and services 24/7 365 days a year. There are many other industries where folks do indeed work every day of the year.

I can't help wondering how, e.g., nurses and doctors in London get to work (if they don't have a car) over the holidays?

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43. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

abby, why visit another country yet make no attempt to familiarise yourself to how it will be there? Should we all assume that everywhere does things the way we do them at home? If so, why travel?

And the health service and all other such organisations make provision for their staff. You could google it for yourself and wonder no more.

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44. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

Abby,

I think you might find that the tone of Karen's post has encouraged others to reply in the manner they have. I too like other health professionals & emergency service workers will work over the holiday period as these services are essential.Providing attractions for tourists is not essential & workers are entitled to spend some time with their families on our major UK holiday.If you are going to spend major $$$ on a UK ( or any ) holiday research is required first not as an afterthought.

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45. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

Just wanted to push this to the top again....just one month to go....

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46. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

Kicking this to the top again for those with recent inquiries.

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47. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

This is the first I have read this thread and laughed at Karen's post. I fully believe in shutting down everything non-essential over the Christmas holiday. You are enjoying your holiday away from work, why shouldn't everyone else?

One year I forgot a grocery item for Christmas dinner and we went without because I refused to go to the store and support the idea of people having to work on the holiday.

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I would just like to mention one other thing about museums closing over Christmas and New Year. In many cases, these are the only dates they close and are open for the rest of the year, 7 days a week and some don't charge a fee, relying instead on government grants and donations.

Some of the major museums in other cities only open 6 days a week and will charge an entry fee. Here's a few examples:

The Louvre in Paris, considered by many to be the greatest museum in the world is closed every Tuesday. This year it also closed January 1st, May 1st, May 8 and will be closed on December 25 and I imagine the same dates next year as well.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is also closed on Tuesdays and on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Prado Museum in Madrid, renowned as being the largest art gallery in the world, is closed on Mondays and the 1st January, Good Friday, 1st May and 25th December.

So, let's not begrudge the museum workers their Christmas holiday.

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One year I forgot a grocery item for Christmas dinner and we went without because I refused to go to the store and support the idea of people having to work on the holiday.

As challenging as this trip has been for us arriving on Christmas day I agree that things should be closed. I wish more stores here in the US would do it. I am quite certain that I will have forgotten something on our grocery order but we will make do and survive.

Actually looking forward to wandering around an empty city our first day before the hustle and bustle starts. Cheers!

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50. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times for major attractions

That is a good attitude, lv2cook, you will have an awesome trip, I'm sure!! I envy you the walking around an empty London scenario. I have never been that it hasn't been heaving with tourists.

Please report back on your trip when you get home!