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A large tree in a park

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Cafe or restaurant
Disabled facilities


An outdoors living museum.

About Horniman Museum and Gardens

Home to an impressive collection of trees, The Horniman Gardens are a living history of how plants are used as medicines, food, dyes, and materials. They also show how the natural environment has changed from various times and places. The Museum itself is home to a wonderful collection of curiosities, from taxidermy to anthropological artifacts from around the world, and even an aquarium down in the basement.
Many of the trees outside were planted in the gardens as field boundary markers for the Victorian houses that were pulled down in the 20th century, before the Museum was built.
The Horniman Gardens are also home to a number of living collections, including London's oldest Nature Trail, a Butterfly House and an Animal Walk.

Garden Facilities

Toilets, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, Cafe/Restaurant, Gift Shop

Garden Features

Winter: Snowdrops
Spring: Daffodils, Cherry Blossom, Perennial Borders
Summer: Roses, Perennial Borders
Autumn: Autumn Colour
Year-Round: Formal Garden, Wildlife Garden/Nature Trail, Greenhouses/Glasshouses

Tickets & Discounts

Day ticket prices: Free to visit. There is a charge for the Butterfly House, Aquarium and some exhibitions and events. See website for details.
Season ticket prices: Members tickets are available, see website for prices.

Good to Know

  • Dog Walking: Yes - Dogs on leads, with one area where dogs are free to roam.
  • Family Friendly: Yes - Children of all ages.
  • Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).
  • Bicycle Storage: Yes - you can lock up your bike at Horniman Museum and Gardens.
  • Public Transport: Yes - nearest train station is Forest Hill (Overground and National Rail), and the Horniman is served by a number of bus routes.
  • Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using SE23 3BT.
  • Last Entry: Same as 'Closing Time'.
  • Size of Site: 16 Acres.
  • Profile Information: Last updated by Horniman Museum and Gardens in 2021.
Please check the latest COVID-19 guidance before your visit.
The Gardens are open daily, from 7.15AM (or 8AM Sunday and Bank Holidays) until dusk (see website for seasonal variations).

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Find Us

100 London Road Forest Hill London Greater London GB SE23 3PQ

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