The Bank of England Museum houses many important artefacts from the Bank’s over 300-year history. It also goes into detail about the work it carries out today as part of its role at the centre of the economy.
Since it was founded in 1694, the Bank has had a hugely important place in the UK’s economy, especially when it comes to maintaining monetary and financial stability. As the actual Bank itself is still a working institution, the decision was taken to create a museum to demonstrate its history, role and responsibilities.
The address is Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH and the museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm (last entry is at 4.45 pm). Entry to the museum is free.
Talks and presentations
A number of talks and presentations have been developed to give visitors an understanding of the history of the Bank and the work it is responsible for. These have been divided into five different talks:
- Money – Aimed at 5 to 7-year-olds, this talk gives kids the chance to handle money, find out about gold and learn how to spot genuine bank notes.
- Pounds and pence – Aimed at 8-14-year-olds, this presentation covers the history and purpose of money, why the price of goods changes over time and how the Bank is tasked with keeping prices low and stable.
- Keeping on an even keel – Aimed at 14 to 16-year-olds, this talk uses an entertaining manner to explain why low inflation and a safe and stable financial system matter to the UK economy.
- Past and present – Suitable for all visitors with a general interest in the Bank, this talk looks at its history and some of its main functions in the present day banking system.
- Introduction – Suitable for all, this talk is given in small groups upon arrival and outlines the history of the Bank, its architecture and its work. This talk needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
Nearby tube stations
Liverpool Street station
Head west on Liverpool Street towards Old Broad Street. Next, turn left on Old Broad Street, turn right on to Thread needle Street and right again on to Bartholomew Lane. This walk will take about seven minutes.
Located less than a minute away, just come out of the station and take a right, and then follow signs.
Cannon Street station
This station is only open Monday to Saturday. Head north on Cannon Street, turn right on Cannon Street and then turn left on St Swithin’s Lane. Next, turn left on to King William Street, turn right on to Lombard Street, and then left on to Pope’s Head Alley. Finally, turn right on to Cornhill, turn right on to Thread needle Street and right again on to Bartholomew Lane. The walk will take about six minutes.
Mansion House station
Head north on Garlick Hill towards Queen Victoria Street, before turning right on Queen Victoria Street. Next, turn left on to Princess Street, right on to Thread needle Street and right again on to Bartholomew Lane. This walk will take eight minutes.
As the museum is located in the City of London, parking is at a premium. However, the two nearest car parks are:
Thames Exchange, Bell Wharf Lane, EC4R 3TB
Head east on Upper Thames Street towards Cousin Lane. Turn left on to Dowgate Hill, turn right on Cannon Street and then turn left on St Swithin’s Lane. Next, turn left on to King William Street, turn right on to Lombard Street, and then left on to Pope’s Head Alley. Finally, turn right on to Cornhill, turn right on to Threadneedle Street and right again on to Bartholomew Lane. This walk will take nine minutes.
158-170 Aldersgate Street EC1A 4HY
Head south on Aldersgate Street towards Little Britain, continue on to St Martin’s Le-Grand and then turn left on Gresham Street. Next, continue on to Lothbury and then turn right on to Bartholomew Lane. This walk will take about 11 minutes.
Nearby attractions or places of interest
- Mansion House (City of London, City, London EC4N 8BH)
- The Monument (Fish Street Hill, City, London EC3R 8AH)
- The Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe, City, London EC3V 1LP)
- St Paul’s Cathedral (St Paul’s Churchyard, City, London EC4M 8AD)
- Barbican Centre (Silk Street, City, London EC2Y 8DS)
- Broadgate Ice Rink (Exchange House, City, 12 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2BQ)
- HMS Belfast (Morgan’s Lane, Bankside, Tooley Street, London SE1 2JH)
- Tower of London (Tower Hill, City, London EC3N 4AB)
- Tate Modern (Bankside Power Station, Bankside, 25 Sumner Street, London SE1 9TG)
- The Shard (96 Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 9SG)