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Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2010/11

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Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2010/11

As I've done this every year since 2005, I might as well do it this year!! I have detailed below when some of the major tourist attractions in London are closed over Christmas and the New Year together with links to more detailed opening times.

I think I've included the majority of the major sights but if anyone has others to add or indeed has further information, then please do.

There will also be no transport on Christmas Day and it tends to start closing down earlier than usual on Christmas Eve but it's mostly back up on Boxing Day.

On Christmas Day, many of the restaurants in the immediate area of Leicester Square should be open as they were last Christmas when I took a walk in the area. Plus it was quite nice walking in the parks and around London without all the traffic and crowds that you usually get. That's assuming of course that the weather behaves.

Firstly here are the attractions that are open on Christmas Day:

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not

Believe it or not they are open 365 days a year.

http://www.ripleyslondon.com/yourvisit.php

Charles Dickens Museum

They have in the past been open on Christmas Day but no details are available on their website so check their website nearer the time.

http://www.dickensmuseum.com/visiting/

London Walks have 2 walks on Christmas Day

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.

www.walks.com

Here’s the Christmas details for the other main London attractions

Westminster Abbey

Thursday 23rd December - open for tourist visiting 9.30 am with last admission at 1.30 pm.

Friday 24th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

Saturday 25th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

Sunday 26th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December - open for tourist visiting 10.00 am with last admission at 3.30 pm.

Wednesday 29th December to Friday 31st December – opens for tourist visiting 9.30 am with last admission at 3.30 pm apart from Wednesday when last admission is at 6.00 pm

Saturday 1st January - open for tourist visiting 9.30 am with last admission at 1.30 pm.

Sunday 2nd January - Worship only – no tourist visiting

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

Details of Advent and Christmas services are at the link below:

westminster-abbey.org/worship/christmas/chri…

St Paul’s

Thursday 23rd December – open for tourist visiting 8.30 am with last admission at 2.30 pm.

Friday 24th December - open – open for tourist visiting 8.30 am to last admission at 2.30 pm.

Saturday 25th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

Sunday 26th December - Worship only – no tourist visiting

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December - open for tourist visiting 9 am to last admission at 4 pm.

Wednesday 29th December to Saturday 1st January – opens for tourist visiting 8.30 am with last admission at 4 pm

Sunday 2nd January - Worship only – no tourist visiting

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

Details of Advent and Christmas services are at the link below:

stpauls.co.uk/documents/…20vso.pdf

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. Also, St George’s Chapel will be closed from 1 pm on 23rd December

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

nmm.ac.uk/visit/times-and-admission/#closures

Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark is closed for conservation work to be undertaken but is expected to reopen in late 2011.

www.cuttysark.org.uk/index.cfm…

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

britishmuseum.org/visiting/admission_and_ope…

Museum of London

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December

www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/VisitUs/

Museum in Docklands

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December

www.museumindocklands.org.uk/English/VisitUs/

National Gallery

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

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/

National Portrait Gallery

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.

http://www.npg.org.uk/visit.php

Tate Modern

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.

tate.org.uk/modern/information/default.htm

Tate Britain

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

tate.org.uk/britain/information/default.htm

Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition

Closed 24th and 25th December

shakespeares-globe.org/exhibitiontour/…

London eye

Friday 24th December – open 10 am to 5.30 pm

Saturday 25th December – Closed

Friday 31st December – open 10 am to 3.00 pm

It is also closed for annual maintenance from the 8th to 21st January 2011

londoneye.com/VisitorInformation/OpeningTime…

London Aquarium

Friday 24th December – Open 10:00- 15:00 (last entry 14:00)

Saturday 25th December - Closed

Sunday 26th December – Open 11:00 - 19:00 (last entry 18:00)

Friday 31st December - 10:00- 15:00 (last entry 14:00)

http://www.sealife.fi/local/feed_times.php

London Dungeons

Closed 25th December

thedungeons.com/en/…content

Madame Tussauds

Closed 25th December

madametussauds.com/London/…Default.aspx

Britain at War Experience

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December

www.britainatwar.co.uk/information.html

And remember, for most of these museums, galleries, churches, etc, these are the only days of the year that they close.

Merry Christmas all!!

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1. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2010/11

geffrye-museum.org.uk/whatson/…

Some additional Christmas Festivities at the Geffrye Museum.

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2. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2010/11

Yes, good!

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3. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2010/11

Wonderful and extremely helpful post, thanks so much!

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5. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2010/11

dlf68 - the Abbey isn't open on Sundays to the general public, so it'll be a normal Sunday set of services

westminster-abbey.org/whats-on/christmas/chr…

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Peter Pan Cup Swimming Race

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9. Re: Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2010/11

Very helpful! Thanks so much for posting this.

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capitalhotel.co.uk/restaurantbar_afternoonte…

at Capital you can have also a Christmas Afternoon Tea