Changes to Tours of the Private Apartments

Due to huge public demand, from September we are making it even easier to see Soane’s private apartments and Model Room!

After opening in May this year, over 2,000 people have taken tours to see these restored spaces. Visitors are once again - after 160 years - exploring Soane’s collections of models, drawings, watercolours and stained glass as he intended. Due to the delicate nature of the spaces, tours are the only way to see the apartments and have been booked up well in advance. We have been thrilled with the positive response so far.



In order to ensure as many people as possible can see these spaces, from Tuesday 1 September, we will be increasing the number of Private Apartment tours, from 5 to 13 each week. Visitors will no longer need to pre-book, and can turn up on the day. There will still be a capacity on each tour but places will now be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. We expect demand to continue to be high so do arrive early. These tours are led by our expert guides and will remain free of charge.


The private apartments can also be accessed on our Highlights Tour, which introduces all of the most spectacular treasures within the Museum. These will also increase in number from September, with new tours taking place on Tuesday and Saturday mornings when we are at our busiest. Booking on the Highlights Tours is still essential and is currently being taken until the end of the year. Tickets cost £10. Click here to book.

These changes will make it even easier to see the magnificent private apartments and we are delighted that even more people each week will be able to see these rooms that remained hidden for so long. 

More information can be found here.

Posted on 28 July 2015 in Announcements
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