Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays.
The Museum is located in central London, in the historic Borough of Southwark along the same street as the Shard, south of London Bridge. Search for a red brick church with white dressing stone on the corners. This is St Thomas' Church and the museum is located on the garret, or attic, of this church. The entrance is through the bell tower and 52 steps up a spiral staircase. The museum is within walking distance of London Bridge Underground Station, Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral and other major attractions in the area including the rebuilt Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, and the Clink Prison.
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See below the map for information pertaining to transportation links, admission prices, access, and a note about our facilities.
*Please, be advised that there are NO TOILETS on site. For more information and alternatives, please, see the facilities section below.
**Visitors are encouraged to finish their hot drinks and food before going up the stairs into the Museum.
***Please, do carry water with you since the space can get very hot during the summer.
- Underground connections: Northern and Jubilee lines (London Bridge)
- Mainline Rail connections stopping at London Bridge.
- Buses: Bus station and taxis in concourse at London Bridge Station: 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 521, RV1
- Coaches: are usually able to stop briefly in St Thomas’s Street for set-down.
- Parking: Union Car Parks, 53 Southwark St, London, SE1 1RU, 020 7378 6639Union Car Parks, 70-78 St. Thomas St, London, SE1 3QU, 020 7378 9749 Euro Car Parks, 10 Tooley St, London, SE1 2PF, 020 7378 114.
Full price Adult £6.50
Under 18 £3.50
Family (2 adults + up to 2 children under 18) £15.00 – additional children +£1 each
National Trust Partner
Disabled access to the Museum is limited. It is in the attic space of a 300 year old church and entrance is via a 52-steps narrow spiral staircase. There are braille guides to the museum and an induction loop is available for talks. Planning permission to make changes to the listed building, allowing lift access has been awarded and, development plans will be implemented after September 2017. Alternatively, Museum staff can give talks to your group. For further details on access please contact the Museum.
- No Toilets on site. Please, take a note that the Museum does not have visitor toilet facilities. Visitors are advised to use the public toilets at Guy's Hospital, London Bridge Station or Borough Market (all within walking distance).
- No Refreshments: The Museum does not have a cafe although there are many cafes and restaurants in the area including the very fine food available at the famous Borough Market.
The Museum has a lovely shop where the visitors can find all sorts of gifts and books connected to the museum and the history of medicine, anatomy, and surgery.