Visits by Coach

Information for coach operators


Bringing your coach party to the museum. This page answers coach operators' questions, and those of organisers wanting to bring a party by coach.

Bringng a Group

If you are a group organiser please have a look at our groups page. This page is intended for coach operators and drivers

Drop Off

Coaches can drop off passengers right outside our front door in New Wharf Road. The nearest on-street coach meters can be found by following this link to coach parking places on the TfL website. We can call your driver's phone when you are ready to be collected.

Red routemaster bus outside museum building. ages.

Boat Trips for groups

A boat trip in conjunction with a museum visit is an ideal way to really experience the atmosphere of the Regent's Canal and view the buildings and sights of the canal from the water. The museum has it's own mooring on the canal, right next to our back door. There are two types of boat which can be hired:

Boats can do return trips along the canal or can take a party to Paddington, or eastbound, where the coach can meet them.

If it all seems complicated, don't worry, our friendly staff will help you organise it all.

Other things to do

The King's Cross area offers more for the visitor than you might have thought! If you are looking for an additional attraction close by, why not consider one of the following:


The museum can provide tea and coffee and we sell canned soft drinks and ice creams in the museum shop. The charge per person for tea/coffee/biscuits is £1 (including VAT), payable by the organiser on behalf of the whole group. The charge is calculated on the number of people in the group - not the number who want tea or coffee. Tea/coffee for groups must be requested in advance.

There are many public houses near the museum. Most of these offer food at lunchtime. In addition there are several smaller cafes selling simple hot meals at sensible prices. However most of these would not have space for a larger group. Around King's Cross there are a number of burger bars and other fast food outlets. There are several reasonably priced sandwich bars within a short walking distance and there are several good restaurants. It is possible to arrange for a buffet lunch to be delivered by a caterer to the museum so that a group can have lunch in the museum. In fine weather groups often like to eat outside. However the group organiser will need to book and pay for the lunch delivery directly with the supplier.

Alcoholic drinks are not permitted during normal opening hours. Events with alcohol are considered to be private functions. Please see our venue hire sub-site for information about our function hire services.

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Itinerary ideas

These are just examples - you can plan your day to suit your group:

  1. Coach drops passengers at museum. About 90 minutes later, boat picks them up and takes them to Paddington, in about 2 hours. Coach collects party at Paddington having waited in the coach park at London Zoo. This will be more economical, the more people are in the group. It is a sensible option for a coach-sized party.
  2. Coach drops passengers off at museum. 90 minutes later party sets out to walk to Camden, with or without a guide from the museum. At Camden, party boards a scheduled boat to Paddington, where the coach picks them up. Some free time at Camden for lunch can be added in. There are numersous fast-food outlets and cafes near the canal in Camden.
  3. Coach drops passengers at museum. Two community boats are waiting to take 24 people for a trip through Islington Tunnel and back. A further 24 people visit the museum. About 75 minutes later, the two boats have returned to the museum, and those who have been on the tunnel trip start their museum visit, whilst the other hald of the party embark for their cruise. The boats set off a second time, with the other half of the group on board. Suitable for groups of 48 people. Coach picks up passengers 3 hours after dropping them off and takes them on to another attraction.