Museum accessibility

Find out how to get around our museum and what we offer to help you enjoy your visit

We are currently having problems with our dedicated phone line but you can still reach us by sending an email to education@bankofengland.co.uk

Open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. We’re also open late, until 8pm, every third Thursday of the month. Closed on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Entry is free, no need to book ahead.

Our new exhibition Slavery & the Bank is now open.

We want everyone to enjoy our museum

If you would like to contact us before your visit, you can call us on 020 3461 5545. This phone is staffed from 9am to 11am and 4pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can leave a message outside these hours and we will call you back.

You can also email us at: education@bankofengland.co.uk

On the day of your visit, please speak to our staff at our information desk if you need any assistance.

Parking

There are no disabled parking places near the museum. Drivers and coach operators who drop off or pick up passengers on the double yellow lines on Bartholomew Lane do so at their own risk. The City of London Corporation has a map of designated disabled parking bays in the area.

Public transport

You may find Transport for London’s accessibility guide useful.

Wheelchair access

We welcome wheelchair users. If you use a wheelchair, please come to the main entrance of the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AH. 

When you get there, please press the large button with a wheelchair symbol on. It’s at wheelchair level near the left-hand rail. Our security staff will operate the lift and our museum staff will escort you to the museum.

There is space for up to six wheelchairs at a time in the museum.

Steps

There are three steps up to the museum entrance on Bartholomew Lane. Once through these doors, there are three more steps into the museum. There are also a few steps going up and down into some of the galleries inside the museum. We have portable ramps which we can put down for wheelchair users. If you need these, please tell us in advance, if you can. Don’t worry if you can’t.

Toilets

We have an accessible toilet. But it does not have a hoist.

Guide and assistance dogs

We welcome guide and assistance dogs and are happy to provide water.

Borrow a wheelchair

We have one wheelchair that you can borrow. Please speak to our staff at our information desk. Please bring a companion because we cannot provide anyone to accompany you. 

Seating

Our main galleries have some seats.

Induction loop

An induction loop is available at our information desk. Please switch the setting on your hearing aid to the T position.

British Sign Language

Our Smartify audio-guide of the museum is available with BSL interpretation, to be enjoyed in the gallery or at home. In addition, a signed video introduction to our museum is available at our information desk.

Subtitles

Some of the videos in our galleries are subtitled. Please ask our museum staff to point you in the right direction.

Large-print guides

Large-print guides are available for our temporary exhibition. Please ask for more information about large-print guides at the information desk.

Magnifying glasses and torches

Magnifying glasses and torches are available from the information desk.

Ear defenders

We do not have a quiet room but you can borrow a set of child or adult ear defenders from the information desk, free of charge.

Visual story guide

Read our visual story guide to the museum.

Tell us how we are doing

We welcome your views on how to make our museum a place everyone can enjoy. 

If you have any comments or suggestions, please speak to a member of staff at our information desk, or get in touch using the contact details above.

This page was last updated 31 May 2022

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