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Horniman Museum and Gardens

An outdoors living museum.

  • 4.6

  • from 7122 Google reviews

A large tree in a park
A large tree in a park

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About the garden

Home to an impressive collection of trees, The Horniman Gardens are a living history of how plants are used as medicines, food, dyes, and materials. They also show how the natural environment has changed from various times and places. The Museum itself is home to a wonderful collection of curiosities, from taxidermy to anthropological artifacts from around the world, and even an aquarium down in the basement.

Many of the trees outside were planted in the gardens as field boundary markers for the Victorian houses that were pulled down in the 20th century, before the Museum was built.

The Horniman Gardens are also home to a number of living collections, including London's oldest Nature Trail, a Butterfly House and an Animal Walk.

Opening times

The Gardens are open daily, from 7.15AM (or 8AM Sunday and Bank Holidays) until dusk (see website for seasonal variations).

Useful details

Garden area

16 Acres

Dog walking

undefined Yes - Dogs on leads, with one area where dogs are free to roam.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - you can lock up your bike at Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Greater London, SE23 3PQ

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Find the garden

Horniman Museum and Gardens
Greater London
SE23 3PQ
Sat Nav Postcode
SE23 3BT
Public Transport
Yes - nearest train station is Forest Hill (Overground and National Rail), and the Horniman is served by a number of bus routes.
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 7122 Google reviews

Christine R

a month ago


Such a lovely place to leisurely walk about. Beautiful views, the animals outdoors are fun, the aquarium is quaint , the museum is impressive. I really like the way everything was displayed- very interesting items. It is small enough to do in a few hours or a day to enjoy it all. We did not visit the butterfly garden due to our own time crunch.

Stella Michael

8 months ago


We had a beautiful day here. Initially booked for butterfly house (adult £6.50 and children under 3 are free) and it was very nice. There were many butterflies flying around and a small glass house with cocoons hanging. After that we went to the small Aquarium (adult £5) and my daughter enjoyed it soo much. They had a few museums for free which was very interesting Global Collection, Music instruments (with a lot of collections) and more. My daughter enjoyed walking through the small animal farm too. Outside they had a space to have picnic and a small pretty flower garden. We enjoyed it a lot :) The only critic i have are the prices in the cafeteria. It was very expensive! Next time we would bring our own food and have a nice picnic there.

Miroslav Petkov

6 months ago


Great place for any age! Besides being free for general admission the museum offers a broad range of historical and biological knowledge. There’s an interactive area for children where you can see a real beehive. The cafe has a decent selection of food on the pricier side. The gardens have sections ideal for children as well as areas where one can relax. On top of that there are a lot of little signs that give useful information about what the plants actually are. Definitely recommend this place for a day trip!

Karen Webb

3 months ago


Was interesting. Lots of other activities to do at a cost, from £5pp upwards. But if looking for a free day out and want to use a couple of hours, worth doing. Parking is tricky, I was fortunate to park outside one of the entrances but there is no parking on site, have to find a nearby street to park on.

Annemieke Morkus Hillo

3 months ago


The place has soooo much to offer ESPECIALLY on a Sunday when the market is open! The butterfly exhibit is really nice but be aware it's humid and hot. There is mini golf for the children too!! And a beautiful park to relax and have a simple picnic at

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0208 6991872

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