When it comes to museums, London sure does have a lot of options. There are museums dedicated to art, science, history, the city of London, design, books, medical curiosities, toys and even one dedicated to fans.
While all of these museums offer something special for their visitors, one that you absolutely shouldn’t miss on your next visit to the capital is the Natural History Museum. This amazing museum is chock-full of interesting displays about the natural world – from prehistoric to modern day.
Among the most popular exhibits is the Dinosaur Room, which features informational displays, fossils of the extinct creatures like Triceratops and Iguanodon and even an animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex with a fearsome roar.
As well as the brilliant collection inside the museum, the Natural History Museum is also spectacular to view from the outside. This stunning piece of architecture was completed in 1880, and it is covered in terracotta tiles to form beautiful patterns, as well as relief sculptures of flora and fauna – the west wing features living creatures, while the east wing includes various extinct animals.
How to find the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is located on the corner of Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road in South Kensington, West London. Its postcode is SW7 5BD.
Its neighbours include the Science Museum and the V&A, and together the three are often referred to as The Museums.
The local area is sometimes called Albertopolis, in reference to Prince Albert, the spouse of Queen Victoria. Prince Albert was a driving force behind the Great Exhibition of 1851. The exhibition was held in nearby Hyde Park, and the profits made from the event were used to purchase the area now known as Albertopolis. Following the purchase of the land, various educational and cultural institutions were placed there. As well as the Museums, these included Imperial College London, the Royal College of Art, the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial.
Kensington Gardens also shares a border with Alrbertopolis.
What’s the best way to get to the Natural History Museum?
As with just about any destination in London, there are plenty of ways for visitors to get to the Natural History Museum, and one of the best options is the London Underground. The closest Tube stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines.
Both stations are about five minutes away from the museum, but most visitors prefer South Kensington because it connects to an underground pedestrian route that leads to all three of the Museums. This means you don’t have to worry about crossing streets and it even provides some protection from the elements when it’s windy or rainy outside.
Another option could be to take a bus to the Natural History Museum. Several services run in the local area, including the 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1.
If you’re planning on cycling to the museum, there are public cycle racks on Exhibition Road. The nearest docking stations for the London cycle-hire scheme can be found outside the museum’s Exhibition Road entrance, and there’s another one on Thurloe Place, near the South Kensington Tube station.
For those who want to drive to the Natural History Museum, please note that there are no parking facilities for the museum and on-street parking is limited. The closest public car park is on Harrington Road. The Museums are not within the Congestion Charge zone, but depending on where you’re driving from, you might have to drive through the zone since its border is fairly close by – so be sure to plan your route appropriately.
What’s the best hotel near the Natural History Museum?
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that’s located near the Natural History Museum, then be sure to check out the Park Grand London Kensington. Located less than one mile from the museum, the hotel is only two minutes from Earl’s Court Tube station, meaning you could be at the museum is less than 15 minutes from your comfortable bed.
With plenty of home comforts like flat screen televisions, tea and coffee stations and free WiFi in all the rooms – not to mention lovely contemporary decor and high-quality furnishings, our rooms provide the perfect ambience, and everything you need to relax and unwind after a day of exploring the Natural History Museum. What’s more, there’s even a restaurant where you can fuel up before you head out.
With so much to love about our accommodation, you’ll definitely want to get home and tell everyone you know about the Park Grand London Kensington hotel – and, of course, the wonderful time you had at the Natural History Museum too.