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Bradshaw’s Guide

Places of Amusement

Terms and Times of Admission to the following Buildings, Institutions, &c., in London and its suburbs

  • Antiquarian Society, Somerset House, by letter to the Secretary.
  • Blind School, St. George’s Fields, free,
  • British Institution, 52 Pall Mall, 1s. February. March, and April, 10 to 5, Exhibition of British Artists; June, July, and August, 10 to 6, Ancient Masters.
  • British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Monday Wednesday, and Saturday 10 to 4, 5, or 6 according to the season; the New Reading Room (covered in by a dome of iron and glass, 140 feet diameter, and 106 feet high, the largest but one in the world), daily, from 9, to readers, by ticket, to be obtained by letter of the Principal Librarian, Mr. Panizzi
  • Buckingham Palace, Royal Stables, Picture Gallery, &c. by special order from the Lord Chamberlain’s office, St, James’s Palace; for the Royal Stables on application to the Clerk of the Mews.
  • Burford's Panorama, Leicester Square, 10 till 5, and 7 till 10, 1s.; on Fridays, 2s. 6d.
  • Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly, free
  • Chelsea Hospital, Chelsea Royal Military Asylum: admission upon application. Botanic Gardens, by order, to be obtained at Apothecaries’ Hall
  • Chiswick Horticultural Gardens. Open, daily, by member’s order.
  • Christ's Hospital, Newgate Street; a fine collection of Paintings, and its Dining Hall: tickets by application to any of the Governors.
  • College of Surgeon's Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (except in September), 12 to 4, surgeon’s order.
  • Commercial Docks, Shipping, free.
  • Crosby Hall, Bishopsgate Street, free.
  • Crystal Palace, Sydenham.
  • Custom House, Lower Thames Street, 9 to 3, free celebrated for its long room, of nearly 200 feet
  • Deaf and Dumb Asylum, Old Kent Road, free.
  • Deptford Dock Yard, Deptford, 9 to 4, free.
  • Duke of York's Column, St. James’s Park, May to September, 12 to 3, 6d.
  • Dulwich Gallery, Dulwich College, daily (except Sundays), from 10 till 5 in summer; 11 to 3 in winter, free.
  • East India Museum, Fife House, Middle Scotland Yard, Whitehall, daily, free.
  • Geological Museum, Jermyn Street, free, 10 to 4.
  • Greenwich Hospital, 10 to 7 in summer, or 3 in winter; Mondays and Fridays, free; other days, 3d.
  • Guildhall, King Street, Cheapside, 10 to 3; good collection of Paintings, free.
  • Guy's Hospital, St. Thomas’s Street, Borough, Medical Museum, on introduction by any of the students.
  • Hampton Court Palace, every day except Friday, free. Cardinal Wolsey’s Hall, the noble Shrubberies, Parks, and Gardens, and the Gallery of Paintings. A fee of 1d. to the Vinery.
  • Highgate Cemetery, Highgate, free.
  • Institution of Civil Engineers, 25, Great George Street, Westminster, member’s order.
  • Kensal Green Cemetery, Kilburn, free.
  • Kensington (South) Museum (with which is now blended the Government School of Design), is open daily from 10 till 4, and from 7 till 10 on Monday and Thursday evenings; free on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays; on the other days, 6d. each person. A choice collection of pictures, and a large display of objects in relation to education, architecture, trade, &c. Students are admitted on payment of a small fee.
  • Kew, Botanical Gardens, open from 1 to dusk, every day, free; from 2 on Sundays.
  • King's College, Somerset House, Anatomy and Curiosities, introduction by member or student.
  • Linnaean Society, 22, Soho Square, Library open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; and the Museum on Wednesday and Friday, from 12 to 4. Order from member.
  • London Docks, East Smithfield, 10 to 4, free. The Wine Vaults from 10 to 2, by a tasting order from a wine merchant.
  • London Missionaries' Museum, Bloomfield Street, Finsbury; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 to dusk, free.
  • London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery, free.
  • Lowther Bazaar, 35, Strand; Lounge, free.
  • Mansion House, connecting Cornhill with Poultry, 11 to 3, trifle to attendant, when the Lord Mayor is out of town.
  • Mint, Tower Hill, 11 to 3, free, by order from the Master of the Mint. T. Graham, Esq.
  • Monument, Fish Street Hill, 9 to dusk, 3d.
  • Museum of Asiatic Society, 5, New Burlington Street, by member’s order
  • National Gallery, Trafalgar Square; Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 to 5 or 6; to students only, Thursdays and Fridays; closed six weeks from middle of September, free. Catalogues, 4d. upwards.
  • National Gallery, South Kensington, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, free.
  • Norwood Cemetery, Norwood, free.
  • Nunhead Cemetery, Peckham, free.
  • Pantheon, Oxford Street, Conservatory, Aviary Bazaar, free. A very amusing Lounge.
  • Polytechnic Institution, 309, Regent Street, 12 to 5, and 7 to 10, 1s.
  • Private Picture Galleries, only accessible by special introduction. Those of the Marquis of Westminster, Upper Grosvenor Street; Earl of Ellesmere, Bridgewater House; Duke of Sutherland, Stafford House; Lord Ashburton, Piccadilly; Sir Robert Peel, Whitehall Gardens; Duke of Devonshire, Piccadilly; Mr. Hope’s Collection, are worth visiting; letters for tickets must be addressed to the noble owners.
  • Royal Academy, Trafalgar Square; 8 to 7, Is. May, June and July. Exhibition of Modern Paintings.
  • Royal Exchange, Cornhill, open till 4 p.m.
  • Royal Institution Museum, Albemarlc Street, 10 to 4, by member’s order. Minerals.
  • Royal Society, Burlington House, General Museum, member’s order and trifling fee to the attendant.
  • St. Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, Picture Gallery and Medical Museum.
  • St. George's Hospital, Hyde Park Corner, medical student’s order.
  • St. Paul's Cathedral, Ludgate Hill, open daily, from 10 till dusk, to see the whole of which costs 3s. 2d.
  • Sapper's Museum, Woolwich, Curiosities, admission upon application.
  • School of Design, South Kensington Museum.
  • Soane's Museum, 13, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, every Thursday and Friday in April, May, and June, from 10 to 4, and on Tuesdays by special application, from February till August Society of Arts, John Street, Adelphi, daily, except Wednesday, 10 to 4, free.
  • Soho Bazaar, Soho Square, free.
  • Somerset House, Naval Models, from 10 to 4, free.
  • Thames Tunnel, Rotherhithe and Wapping, 1d., accessible by the river steamers.
  • Tower of London, Tower Hill, 10½ to 4; Armouries, 6d.; Jewel Office, 6d.
  • Tussaud's Wax Exhibition, Baker Street, Bazaar, Portman Square, summer, 11 to 10, in winter, 11 to dusk, and 7 to 10, 1s. principal room, 6d. each Napoleon, &c.
  • Theatres. — Adelphi; Astley’s; City of London; Govent Garden (Italian Opera); Drury Lane; Haymarket; Italian Opera, Haymarket; Lyceum, Wellington Street, Strand; Marylebone, Church Street, Paddington; Olympic, Wych Street; Pavilion, Whitechapel Road; Princess’, Oxford Street; Queen’s, Tottenham Court Road; Sadler’s Wells, Islington; St. James’s, King St.; Standard, Shoreditch; Strand; Surrey, Blackfriars Road; Victoria, New Cut, Lambeth.
  • United Service Institution Museum, Whitehall Yard, January to September from 11 to 5, rest of the year from 11 to 4; admission by member’s ticket.
  • Water Colours, Old Society of Painters in — Exhibition of Water Colour Drawings, 5A, Pall Mall East, 9 to dusk, 1s., May, June, and July.
  • Water Colours, Institute of the New Society of Painters in — 53, Pall Mall, 9 to dusk, 1s., May, June, and July.
  • Westminster Abbey, 9 to 6 in summer, and 11 to 2½ in winter; the nave, transept, and cloisters, free; the choir and chapel, 6d.
  • Woolwich Arsenal, 9 to 11, and 1¼ to 3, free; and from 9 to 11 and 1½ to 5 in summer. All foreigners must apply through then ambassador to the Ordnance Office for an order.
  • Windsor Castle, by command of Her Majesty the Queen, the State Apartments at Windsor Castle, will in future be open for inspection of visitors without any fee. Tickets of admission to be obtained gratis from the Lord Chamberlain’s office at the Castle, after 1 p.m. The days of admission are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, April to October, 1 to 3; November to March, 12 to 2.
  • Zoological Gardens, Regent’s Park, 1s.; Mondays 6d, 10 to dusk.

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Places nearby

  • Berkshire : Windsor

    The seat of her majesty the Queen, and of her ancestors from the period of the Conquest. Eton College also is within a short distance.

  • Hertfordshire : St. Albans

    This ancient town of Herts, should be visited for its venerable abbey church, and that of St. Michael’s, which contains an excellent full-length statue of Lord Bacon.

  • Kent : Rochester

    This ancient borough town, having been a British town before the Roman invasion, stands in a rich vale on the banks of the Medway.