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V&A Museums

Beyond South Kensington

The V&A is comprised of the museum at South Kensington, the V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, and the archives and stores at Blythe House, Kensington Olympia. All V&A museums have free entry.

  • V&A South Kensington

    V&A South Kensington is the world's greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. Discover 3000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings.

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  • Museum of Childhood

    The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is home to one of the world's largest and oldest collections of toys and childhood artefacts. The collection, which dates from the 16th century to the present day includes dolls, teddy bears, toy soldiers, train sets, model cars, puppets, rocking horses, costumes, board games, and some of the first jigsaw puzzles ever made.

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  • Theatre Collections Online

    The V&A's Theatre Collections have now moved from the Theatre Museum building in Covent Garden, and new theatre and performance galleries at South Kensington opened in Spring 2009.

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V&A South Kensington,
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Opening Times 

Museum Opening Hours

10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00. ).
Closing commences 10 mins before time stated

Closed 24, 25 & 26 December

The tunnel entrance to the V&A is open from 10.00 - 17.30 daily but may be closed, on occasion, on the advice of London Underground.

The National Art Library

Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.30, Friday 10.00 - 18.30

Please go to the National Art Library pages for full details of opening times and closures .

The Prints & Drawings Study Room and the RIBA Architecture Study Rooms

Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.00

Please go to the Study Rooms page for more information .

Indian & South-East Asian Study Room

Available by appointment only, from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive.
Please go to the Study Rooms page for more information .

Textiles Study Rooms

Daily from 10.00 to 17.00
Please go to the Study Rooms page for more information .

Learning & Interpretation Resource Centre

Every Tuesday from 09.30-16.30.
By appointment only
Please go to the Learning & Interpretation Resource Centre page for more information.

Blythe House Archive & Library Reading Room

Tuesday to Friday, from 10.00 to 16.30, by appointment only.

Please go to the Archives page for more information.

Booking and payment details

Bookings & Tickets

Exhibition Tickets

Advance telephone and online booking

Our booking line telephone number is 0844 209 1770. To book online visit individual exhibitions for details. We recommend advance booking for exhibitions to guarantee entry. A booking fee, or handling charge, is payable on all pre-booked tickets.  Advance telephone and online tickets can only be booked up to 48 hours prior to visit.

In person at the V&A - in advance or on day of visit

Tickets are available from the Information Desks in the Main Entrance. Tickets are subject to availability, and no booking fee applies

Concessions are available for senior citizens, full-time students* and ES40 holders. Tickets are free for V&A Members and Patrons, under 12s, people with a disability and up to two carers, ICOM / Museums Association card holders, school, college, university and community groups. Art Fund and D&AD members get half price entry including concessions but excluding family tickets.

Group Bookings

Groups (10+) please call +44 (0)20 7942 2211 to book.
Special talks and tours are available to complement the exhibitions. Read more here
or call +44 (0)20 7942 2764 or email [email protected]

Tickets for Activities and Events

Advance telephone and online booking

Activities and events can be booked by telephone on +44 (0)20 7942 2211, or online by visiting Events Booking Online .  A handling charge per transaction applies.

Advance booking by post

Send cheques (made payable to Victoria and Albert Museum), or credit/debit card details (card number, expiry date, and issue number if appropriate), with a covering letter, to:

Bookings Office
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

In person at the V&A - in advance or on day of the event

Tickets are available from the Information Desk in the Grand Entrance. Tickets are subject to availability and no booking fee applies.

Concessions are available for senior citizens, full-time students*, and ES40 holders.

*The student concession applies to full- or part-time UK students taking state funded or private courses accredited by nationally approved agencies. A current institutional student card or NUS card is acceptable as proof of status. Overseas students with an EC student card or International Student Identity Card (ISIC) also qualify for the student rate.

Nearest Tube Station

Travel Information

The Victoria and Albert Museum is located at Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

You can travel to the musuem in a number of easy ways:

By Foot

The V&A is ten minutes walk from Harrods, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park

By Bicycle

The V&A is a couple of minutes ride via Exhibition Road from the cycle paths in Hyde Park. Cycle racks are available on Cromwell Gardens immediately to the right of the Grand Entrance and there is a cloakroom just inside. Find out more from Transport for London .

By Public Transport

London Underground (The Tube):The V&A is a five minute walk from South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line). South Kensington is a five minute tube journey from Victoria, ten minutes from Covent Garden and Lecicester Square and 15 minutes from King's Cross St Pancras.

The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge underground station (on the Piccadilly Line). Knightsbridge is a ten minute tube journey from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras.

Bus: Buses C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus site-seeing tour of London.

Travelling by Road

By road Cromwell Road is the main A4 route into London from the West.

Coach Parking

There is a coach drop-off point in both Exhibition Road and outside the Museum on Cromwell Road. The nearest coach parks are located at Warwick Road, Bayswater Road and Park Lane

Car Parking

There are meters on Exhibition Road. Blue badge parking bays are directly outside the Exhibition Road entrance. Find our more about car parking near the V&A .


Eating & Drinking

Green salad with parmesan

The V&A Café

The V&A Café offers hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, pastries and cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks, wine and beer.  All food is prepared and cooked on the premises using fresh food, bought daily.

The Café is located in the V&A's original refreshment rooms, the Morris, Gamble and Poynter Rooms. These three rooms formed the first museum restaurant in the world and were intended as a showpiece of modern design, craftsmanship and manufacturing.

Opening times

Hot cross buns

The Café is open 10.00-17.15 and from 10.00-21.30 on Fridays.

The Garden Café

The Garden Café is open during the summer for drinks and snacks from 10.00-17.15.


Both the V&A's Cafés are great for children, with a wide range of food for all tastes. High chairs are provided in the main café. Main meals are half-price for children under 10.

The Café is run by award-winning London caterers, Benugo. For more information about the Café, please contact v&[email protected].

Packed lunches


Packed lunches may be eaten in the Lunchroom. For information about booking the Lunchroom, please see Booking & Facilities .

Tap water

There is a water dispenser in the café


Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000  



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