Visitor information

You no longer need to pre-book a time for your visit at most of our venues, although some do still recommend / require booking. 

We want to keep you and our staff safe so we will be monitoring visitor numbers to ensure our venues don’t get too crowded. We also recommend that you wear a face covering when you visit. 

We have a packed programme of events and exhibitions to enjoy over the summer and we're looking forward to seeing you soon. 

Plan your visit here.

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