map of V&A South Kensington location

V&A South Kensington is open seven days a week. General admission is free and you don’t need to book.

Look at our Digital Map – or one of our trails.

For self-guided formal education group visits, including schools, colleges and nurseries, please see our schools page.

Getting here

  • Nearest Underground stations: South Kensington (5-minute walk), Gloucester Road (10-minute walk).
  • Victoria Station (35-minute walk)
  • Bike-hire is available at Exhibition Road and Thurloe Place
  • Several bus routes stop at V&A South Kensington – see for details

Find out about parking around the V&A


The nearest step-free tube station is Earl's Court (1.2 miles)

The Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road entrances are step-free and wheelchair accessible.

If you'd like to borrow a wheelchair or walking stick, fill in this accessibility aid form at least 24 hours in advance of your visit.

Disabled visitors are entitled to discounted exhibition tickets. You can add a free carer ticket with each disabled ticket. Find out what's on and book online.


Over seven miles of inspiring galleries are waiting for you. Use our interactive map to explore, or pick up a paper map on entry. We've also created a series of online trails to help guide your visit around the galleries.

The Fashion Gallery (Room 40) will be closed Friday 31 May during the day, reopening at 6pm for extended Friday opening-hours.

The Fashion Gallery (Room 40) will be closed on Friday 31 May during the day, reopening at 6pm for extended Friday opening hours.

The Tapestry Gallery (Room 94) is closed from 29 April until mid-July for essential maintenance.

The Theatre and Performance Galleries (Rooms 103 – 106) are closed until summer 2024 for essential maintenance.

The Gilbert Galleries (Rooms 70 – 73) are closed for redevelopment from 4 March 2023 until the end of 2025.

Exhibitions and displays

Find out about our new exhibitions and displays programme in What's On.


Support for the V&A is more important than ever – we'd like to thank all of our members for continuing to support us.

Please remember to bring your Membership card and identification.



Our toilets are open throughout the building and are regularly cleaned throughout the day.


Open 10.00 – 17.30 daily (10.00 – 21.30 on Fridays). Luggage is charged per item.

£3 – Coats, small bags (smaller than an average cabin bag), umbrellas, child scooters

£5 – Cabin bags (56 × 45 × 21cm)

£7 – Larger bags, folding bikes and adult scooters

Luggage with wheels, and bags larger than 56 × 45 × 21cm, are not allowed in the galleries. As part of our security procedures we may ask to search your bag.

Buggy park

A buggy park is available near the Exhibition Road entrance and Cromwell Road Entrance.


Lifts are operating throughout the building.


The V&A Main Shop, Fashion Shop and Exhibition Road Quarter Shop are open 10.00 – 17.30 daily (10.00 – 21.45 on Fridays). You may prefer to shop online. The V&A is a charity and every purchase made in our shops helps to support us.

Cafés and Garden

The Main Café is open from 10.00 – 17.00 Monday to Sunday, serving a range of hot and cold meals, cakes and pastries, hot and cold drinks, teas and coffee.

The Garden Café is a hidden oasis in the centre of the building and is open all year round (only open on weekends during winter period).

Places to stay

Stay at our neighbouring hotels during your stay in London, conveniently located for you to enjoy your visit to the V&A. The V&A is grateful to our Hotel Corporate Members for their support:


See our visiting FAQs and Membership visiting FAQs for further information.

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