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.

Group Prices

Groups of at least 10 people paying enjoy a discount on admission charges. The group prices are:


Children are those aged 5-15 inclusive. Seniors are those aged 60 and over.

For groups of 25 or more paying adults, one organiser is admitted free of charge.

For groups of children, one supervising adult is admitted free for every 10 paying children

Group admission charges are paid by the organiser on behalf of everyone in the group, not individually.

Extras for Groups

For groups we will usually be able to offer additional benefits, depending on your exact requirements. For example

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. If your driver has a mobile phone we can call him or her when you are ready to be collected.

Red routemaster bus outside museum building.

Disabled visitor groups

We welcome groups of disabled visitors. We will try whenever possible to make special arrangements for extra help to groups of disabled people. For example, a handling collection can be made available to groups of visually impaired people, or an introduction to the museum can be give using a visual presentation for deaf people. Please let us know about your particular needs.

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Booking your visit

Please be sure to book in advance. You can book in advance by e-mail - or make an enquiry. Please give your name, address, and telephone number, as well as your e-mail address, and fax number if you have one. Please let us know the number of people, whether adults, children, Senior Citizens etc., and the time and date on which you would like to visit. If you have any additional requirements (e.g. refreshments) please let us know either when booking or, if booking well in advance, nearer the time.

In planning the visit, you should allow a minimum of an hour for a short visit. Most groups will find two hours is an ample time to spend, depending on how long they want to browse in the shop. 90 minutes is a happy medium and a suitable period to plan for most groups. Allow more time if bringing a packed lunch to eat in the museum or if lunch is being provided by a caterer.

Museum facilities and shop

The museum has ladies and gents toilets which are very modern, with hot water soap, paper towels and hot air hand drying machines always available. There is a toilet near the entrance suitable for wheelchair users and the mobility impaired. This also has a baby changing facility.

Browsing in the shop is enjoyed by many groups of visitors and we are well stocked with books and gifts to suit every pocket and purse and for all 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:

Your itinerary could be an out-and-back trip from the museum, either to Camden or to Islington through the long Islington Tunnel, a fascinating experience. Alternatively your boat trip could be a one-way journey before or after your visit to the museum. Your boat can drop you near public transport or a place where your coach can collect you.

If you do not have enough people in your group for a private boat charter, you can book places on one of the regular passenger boats which run between Camden and Little Venice. To get to Camden, from the museum, either:

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.