V&A Museum Destination Guide

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Established in 1852, the V&A Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design. Based in South Kensington, London, it houses over four million objects ranging from textiles and paintings to sculpture and metalwork. Highlights include the jewellery wing which features extraordinary pieces such as the gilded silver Bridal Crown, also the museum’s fashion collection that spans multiple centuries. Crossing the Channel by ferry gives you easy access to England and London from the port of Dover, as well as from Newhaven.

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The Victoria & Albert Museum

Getting there

The Victoria & Albert Museum is based in South Kensington and you can access it by car or on foot. You can cross the Channel by ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven, taking around four hours and drive to London from Newhaven via the M25 in around two hours. Or you can travel by ferry from Calais or Dunkirk to Dover in 90 minutes or two hours respectively. From Dover you can reach Central London by car in less than two hours via the M20.

How to get to the V&A Museum

How to get to the V&A Museum

The V&A Museum is based in Central London which can be reached easily by car and public transport. You can get the tube from South Kensington underground station directly to the V&A Museum. There are also multiple bus routes that will take you to Cromwell Gardens.

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V&A Museum

What to see near the V&A Museum

Two famous museums, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum share South Kensington with the V&A Museum, should you be on the lookout for similar activities. Close by you will find Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park which provide the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. Here you will find The Albert Memorial and Kensington Palace where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reside as well as Kensington Roof Gardens. This hidden oasis boasts an award-winning restaurant and epic views of the city. South Kensington also offers a vibrant shopping scene with an abundance of local eateries.

V&A Museum

The V&A Museum is home to millions of artefacts that are a result of 5000 years of human creativity. It features an eclectic range of collections spanning over 145 galleries created by some of the world’s most talented designers, sculptors and craftsmen. The museum entertains visitors daily with interesting talks, tours and audio guides.

The museum contains collections of; furniture, architecture, textiles, fashion, photography, sculpture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, and much more. Visitors can enjoy tea in the oldest museum café in the world as well as take part in various workshops, courses and events. Children and adults can explore the V&A Museum via family- friendly trails or borrow a backpack filled with hands on activities that kids will love.

Opening Times

  • Daily from 10am until 5.45pm
  • The museum is open every Friday until 10pm.

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