The Cromwell Road main entrance to the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum 
at South Kensington

  • Free entry

  • The Natural History Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London SW7 5BD

  • Open every day 10.00-17.50
    Last entry 17.30
    Closed 24-26 December

Getting to South Kensington


The Museum has three entrances, on Cromwell Road, Exhibition Road and Queen's Gate. 

Cromwell Road: This entrance is open and has step-free access. Closest Tube station: South Kensington

Exhibition Road: This entrance is open and has step-free access. Closest Tube station: South Kensington

Queen's Gate: This entrance may be open during busy periods, such as holidays and half term. Closest Tube station: Gloucester Road

Follow @NHM_Visiting on Twitter for the most up-to-date entrance information during peak times.


By Tube

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. The station is approximately five minutes’ walk from the Museum's Exhibition Road entrance.

Gloucester Road station also services the above Tube lines and is approximately 5 minutes' walk from the Queen's Gate entrance.

Use the Transport for London Journey Planner to find the quickest route to the Museum.

By bus

Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop close to the Museum.  

By bicycle

There are cycle racks on Exhibition Road. The nearest Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are outside our Exhibition Road entrance and on Thurloe Place, near South Kensington Tube station.

By coach

For groups travelling by coach, the drop-off point is outside the Cromwell Road entrance.

By car

We do not have parking facilities on-site and parking around the Museum is limited.

Disabled parking

We have a small number of parking spaces on-site for Blue Badge holders. Please book in advance by calling us on +44 (0)20 7942 6230. You can access these spaces via Queen's Gate, SW7 5HD, to the west of the Museum.

There are also twelve Blue Badge parking spaces on Exhibition Road. These spaces are managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and cannot be booked in advance. You can park there for four hours between 8.30 and 18.30. Find out more on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's website.

Access at South Kensington

Make sure your visit runs smoothly with our guide to luggage storage, cloakrooms, toilets, lifts and parking.

You'll also find information about facilities for disabled visitors.

Eat, drink and shop

Visit our restaurant and cafes to enjoy fresh food and drinks, or find a gift in our Museum shops.

Gallery announcements

We sometimes need to close galleries. Check these updates before your visit.

Things to do at South Kensington

Fun activites for families and kids

Plan the perfect family day out. From dinosaurs to hands-on science, blue whales to sleepovers, there's something for everyone.


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See what's on from December to February, including movie nights and hidden treasures, gruesome crimes and new discoveries.


Life in the Dark

Leave daylight behind and put your senses to the test in this illuminating exhibition. Meet the creatures that thrive at night, in pitch-black caves and deep in the sea. 

Closes 24 February. Kids go free

See the world's best nature photography

Now in its fifty-fourth year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on Earth.

  • Free entry

  • The Walter Rothschild building
    Akeman Street
    Hertfordshire HP23 6AP

  • Open Monday - Saturday 10.00-17.00
    Sunday 14.00-17.00
    Closed 24-26 December

Getting to Tring

The main Museum entrance is on Akeman Street. There are accessible entrances on Park Street and via the Museum's Akeman Street car park.

By train

There are regular train services to Tring station. The station is about two miles from the Museum and can be reached by bus or taxi.

You can check train times using the National Rail journey planner, and find local transport information on the Tring Town Council website.

By bus

Buses run from most of the towns in the area. Plan your bus journey on the Hertfordshire Travel Information website or call Traveline on +44 (0)870 608 2608.

By road

Tring is on the A41, 30 miles north-west of London. From the M25, exit at Junction 20.


There are two free car parks - one next to the Museum on Akeman Street and the other off Hastoe Lane. 

Our car parks get full quickly during half term and other busy periods. Alternative cars parks are available off the High Street. Dacorum Borough Council-managed car parks are free for the first hour with a small charge thereafter.

Coach parking

There are two coach parking spaces in the car park off Hastoe Lane.

Tring car park map

Access at Tring

Make sure your visit runs smoothly with our guide to entrances, cloakrooms, toilets, the shop and cafe.

You'll also find information about facilities for disabled visitors.

School visits at Tring

Plan a school visit and find out more about student workshops and activities.

Things to do at Tring

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Highlights

Explore the world's best nature photography, highlighting the incredible range of life on Earth.

Until 10 March. Free

What's on

Find out what events are happening at the Museum at Tring. Join in with exhibitions, workshops and activities for kids. 

Explore the galleries

From anglerfish to zebras, meet the stars of our free galleries. There's six to explore, plus the Rothschild room which tells the story of one man's passion that created the Museum.