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Around the Horniman

Discover what you can see and do on your day out to the Horniman, from strolling through our Grasslands Garden, to discovering the quiet South Downs Meadow.

The Horniman Gardens are open. The Museum, Butterfly House and Animal Walk are closed.

The majority of the Horniman is free to enter, with a charge for our Butterfly House and Aquarium, as well as occasional exhibitions and events.

You can find lots of information below about the places you can visit, the displays you will see, as well as the sights and features of the Horniman. 

We also have lots of trails and tours that you can take at your own pace. Find out which are the best for you.

Trails, tours and activities

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Activity

Nature Challenge: Plastic Free July

Plastic is bad for the Planet. Learn about plastics and how you can reduce your use of it in this Nature Challenge, as part of the Plastic Free July initiative.
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Activity

The Mindful Museum of Me

An extra special warm hello from the Horniman Museum and Gardens, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Recovery College and Ldn Dares Drama Co. Relax and explore this mindful resource, The Mindful Museum of Me.
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Activity

Nature Challenge: Minibeasts

Take part in this Nature Challenge to learn about why minibeasts are good for the planet as part of National Insect Week.
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Activity

Nature Challenge: World Oceans Day

Take part in this Nature Challenge to find out why oceans are so important and explore some of the ways that people can help ocean life.
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Activity

Make! arts and crafts tutorials

Enjoy making things? Love arts and crafts? Find some of our arts and crafts tutorials here, and make something exciting from things found around the house.
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Activity

Create a Nature Notebook

Are you a nature explorer? Create a Nature Notebook, try different nature challenges and add them to your notebook. What will you discover about the world around you?
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Activity

Nature Challenge: Trash or Treasure

One person's trash is another person's treasure. Try this nature challenge, download the activities to add to your Nature Notebook, and see if you can make something useful out of rubbish.
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Walk

Gardens Walk

Walking is one of the simplest exercises we can do; even 10-minute…
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Walk

Architectural Walk

Clocktower The impressive Clocktower has become an iconic feature of the Horniman…
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Trail

Sundial Trail

Solar time is a bit different from clock time. We…