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Horniman Museum and Gardens

An outdoors living museum.

  • 4.6

  • from 6294 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 6294 Google reviews

Andrea Takacs-Carvalho

2 weeks ago


Beautiful gardens with well care landscaping in a interesting hilly land. It is a fantastic place to bring children of all ages, in pretty much all weather. There is plenty of free activities to enjoy, like the mini animal park (although I found it to be sad). Or with a little investment I highly recommend the butterfly house. My 6 year old was extremely interested and amused. The museum has fun exhibits but the local community is honestly the best part of any experience there: super welcoming and family friendly people!

Sadique Ali

2 months ago


Great place for the kids. Very interesting stuff on show.... The manager is probably the person ever!!! Went out of the way to find us a quiet room.... Absolutely amazing person. Thank you so much.

Spacey Hong

a week ago


We had an absolutely amazing time today at the museum. My kids, 5 and 2 years old, were really intrigued by the specimen of the animals and the aquarium. The butterfly house receptionist was a bit aloof but the man working there was really friendly. He showed us a very long hanging caterpillar and made a butterfly origami for my daughter. She is holding on to it as her treasure. Thank you. The cafe is very efficient and clean and the food is one of the best in the parks and museums we’ve been to. The Guineas cake was superb. They are still serving delicious mull wine and mull cider as well as baileys hot chocolate. I went for a spiced pumpkin soup which was scrumptious for a cold day like today. The kids enjoyed their pasta and fish fingers. We also appreciated the drinking water stand where we refilled our water bottle. We really felt that a lot of thoughts have been put into making our visit enjoyable. Thank you so much to all the staff. One thing that could be improved is the online booking system. We kept having issues with it and ended up having to go to the visitor centre to get our tickets.

Marjorie Coomber

7 months ago


I just went to the gardens today not the museum.the garden's is a beautiful space with several things to do in it. There is a very small farm but it is still lovely to be so close to animals such as an alpaca and some sheep. There are some large musical instruments that children and adults can have fun with making lots of sounds. There is also a butterfly house which you have to book to get in but it is well worth a visit. There is also a refreshment kiosk.

byblis persephone 2.0

a week ago


This museum is certainly unique in London and reminds me of the Pitt-Rivers Museum located in Oxford. It is principally a museum dedicated to natural history (through the display of fossils and taxidermy animals) and also anthropology. If either of these topics interests you, I would recommend you check it out. It is also completely free (besides from the aquarium and other exhibitions).

Contact the garden

0208 6991872

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