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Children exploring the Gardens

Plan Your Visit

Museum opening times
The Museum and Butterfly House will open from Thursday 3 December.
Café opening times
Our Café and kiosk will be open from 9am - 4pm, for a fresh and delicious range of snacks, treats and hot and cold drinks to take away.

Gardens opening hours
Open from 7.15am (Monday to Saturday) or 8am (Sunday and Bank Holidays) until 4.20pm.

Please follow social distancing advice.
We hope you will enjoy your visit to the Horniman. We've included lots of information here to help you make the most of your visit.

The Horniman Museum and Butterfly House will reopen from Thursday 3 December.

Entrance to the Gardens is free.

You do not need a ticket to visit the Gardens.

What can I see on my visit?

Our Gardens are open, including the café and kiosks (takeaway only), toilets and Sunday market, but please continue to follow social distancing and the latest safety advice.

What will not be open?

Following the latest government guidance, the Museum and Butterfly House will close from Thursday 5 November. The Animal Walk will also be closed, along with Plonk Golf.

A green circular logo with We're good to go written on the top half, a tick in the middle, and the words visit England written on the bottom of the circleThis information will change in response to guidance from the Government and Public Health England. Please check back before your visit. Thank you for your understanding as we adapt to the situation.

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Download our Gardens map to help you plan your visit.

Gardens map

If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit and follow NHS guidance.

The Garden toilets are open during Gardens opening hours. Extra cleaning and additional safety measures remain in place.

We encourage visitors to use contactless methods of payment where possible in the Cafe and kiosk.

Please follow social distancing guidelines throughout your visit, including when speaking to our staff.

The Gardens have concrete paths throughout. Some of the paths are very steep and on wet or frosty days may not be suitable for wheelchair users or anyone who is unstable on their feet.

The ground on the Nature Trail is uneven and can be muddy in rainy weather, so is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone unstable on their feet.

Find out more about access at the Horniman.

The Horniman is a charity.

At this time more than ever we rely on your generous support to ensure we can shape a positive future for generations to come.

Please make a donation when you visit on one of our contactless donation points, or donate online.


There are toilet facilities in the Gardens, near the Bandstand.

There is an increased cleaning regimen in place across the Horniman – please follow social distancing guidelines.

Only assistance dogs are allowed inside the Museum.

Dogs are allowed in our Gardens, but must be kept on leads.

Dogs can be released from their leads in the Meadow Field.

Dogs must be kept on leads during events in the Gardens (concerts, performances, etc.).

The cloakroom and lockers facility will not be available, so please only bring coats and bags that you can carry comfortably through your visit.

We provide free WiFi in some areas of the Gardens close to the Museum, but access and signal strength can be intermittent in some areas.

When available, please choose ‘Horniman Public Wi-Fi’.

The Café and kiosk in the Gardens are open for a fresh and delicious range of snacks, treats and hot and cold drinks to take away, open from 9am until 4pm daily.

Please use contactless payment if you can.

Find out more about food and drink at the Horniman.

If you think you have lost property at the Horniman, either call us on 020 8699 1872 (x183) or e-mail

We welcome your photography and filming at the Horniman for personal, non-commercial use. Please refrain from using a tripod, monopod or supplementary lighting. Flash photography is not permitted. These can damage the objects and the cases that they are housed in.

If you would like to conduct commercial photography or filming at the Museum or Gardens, or feature any of our collections commercially or for any other purpose please contact our Venue Hire team – All commercial filming and photography enquiries must go through them.

If you are a journalist or have an editorial photography question, please contact the Press Team –

If you would like to obtain digital images of the collections for use in your research or publications, we may be able to help. 

Visit our Images and Media page to find out more and apply for Reproduction Rights.

The Horniman is a charity so income gained through commercial activity goes back into running the Horniman.

We love to see the results of photography and sketching in our galleries, as well as artwork inspired by Horniman visits. You can view a selection of our favourite pieces shared by visitors on Pinterest.

If you’re choosing to share your Horniman visit or any sketches, don’t forget to tag us on Twitter @HornimanMuseum and Facebook, or on Instagram be sure to use the #horniman hashtag or tag us @HornimanMuseumGardens.

Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Road
Forest Hill
London SE23 3PQ
By train / London Overground
The Horniman is a five to ten minute walk from Forest Hill station and is signposted from the platform 1 exit. Please be aware this walk is uphill, although there are several bus services which stop at both the station and Museum.

Forest Hill is on the London Overground line between Highbury and Islington and West Croydon / Crystal Palace line which offers a high frequency service from North, East and South London.

The station is also well served by trains from Central London, Croydon and Surrey. Direct train services run from London Bridge (approx every ten minutes, journey time 15 minutes) linking with the Northern and Jubilee Underground lines, and London Victoria linking with the Victoria, Circle and District Underground lines, East Croydon, West Croydon, Sutton, Purley and Caterham. Please use the Journey Planner to the right or visit TFL Journey Planner or National Rail Enquiries.
By Bus
176, 185, 197, 356, P4 - stop outside the Museum and Gardens on London Road. 122 - stops on Dartmouth Road P13 - stops on Underhill Road 363 - stops on Sydenham Hill Road See the route from Forest Hill Station by bus.
By Bicycle
There are bicycle racks on the Avenue, near the main entrance on London Road. If you are traveling through the Gardens with your bike, please dismount and walk your bike through, for the safety of our visitors.
By Car
Parking is severely limited in local area, so we recommend using public transport to come to the Horniman. A pay-and-display car park is available locally behind Sainsbury’s, and there are two pay-and-display car parks at Forest Hill station (one at the front, one at the back). Please avoid parking on private roads. For coaches, there is a drop off point outside the Museum near to the Clock Tower.
Accessible Parking
Limited on-site car parking is available for disabled visitors. Call 020 8699 1872 for more details and have a look at the information on our access page.