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