NHM Facade - November 2014

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 (access at the corner of Exhibition 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

What's on

From family-friendly events and activities to exploring the Museum after dark at World Wild Webs: Our Interconnected Planet, find out what's on this autumn. 

Museum of the Moon

Your Instagram feed will look out of this world. See the free installation by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Until 5 January 2020

Explore the Museum

From dinosaurs to human evolution, discover what you can see and do in our free galleries.

  • 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

Please note: there are major road works taking place on Tring High Street from 28 May 2019 for about 22 weeks. These works involve rolling road closures and may impact on your journey to the Museum.

Please follow road diversion signs as directed and check the SGN website selecting Tring or use the Roadworks map for closure details.

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. 

Please note: until summer 2020 there will be no visitor parking in the Akeman Street car park while our Ornithology building undergoes major works. Two disabled parking spaces are still available in our Akeman Street car park. Parking is available in the Hastoe Lane car park and in town.

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.

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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.

Things to do at Tring

British Dinosaurs

Go on an adventure around Britain and discover why it's the birthplace of dinosaur studies in our free family exhibition. 

Until 11 October

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 Museum

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.