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Leighton House Sambourne House

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Sambourne House

Locations

Leighton House: 12 Holland Park Rd, London, W14 8LZ

Sambourne House: 18 Stafford Terrace, London, W8 7BH

Please note that both houses are located within 8-minute walking distance apart.

Opening times

Leighton House: Wednesdays to Mondays 10:00am – 5:30pm

Sambourne House: Wednesdays to Sundays 10:00am – 5:30pm

Last admission to both Leighton House and Sambourne House is 4:30pm.  If you have a joint ticket to both museums, please keep this in mind to make sure you have enough time for your visit.

Christmas opening times:

Please note that Leighton House and Sambourne House will close on 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 December 2022 and  on 1 January 2023.

Admission charges

Tickets can be purchased on the door however booking in advance is recommended for all  - including free and concessionary tickets -  to guarantee entry to our museums.

Adults: £11

Concessions: £9 

(Full-time students, visitors aged 65+, visitors with disabilities, job seekers, Blue Badge holders. Valid proof required on arrival)

Children 6-18yrs: £5

Joint tickets

Adult joint ticket to Leighton House and Sambourne House: £20.00

Concession joint ticket to Leighton House and Sambourne House: £16.00

(Full-time students, visitors aged 65+, visitors with disabilities, job seekers, Blue Badge holders. Valid proof required on arrival)

Children (6-18yrs) joint ticket to Leighton House and Sambourne House : £8

Free entry

Children under 6yrs,  accompanying carers, Blue Badge Guides, The Friends, accredited press* and members of the Art Fund, ICOM and Museums Association. Valid proof required on arrival.

At Leighton House, there is free entry  to the shop, the De Morgan Café,  the garden and The Tavolozza Drawings Gallery.

* Please arrange your free press pass in advance by contacting Marketing Manager, Ana Garcia, on ana.garcia@rbkc.gov.uk

 

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How to get here

Underground

High Street Kensington (District and Circle Line):

Approximately  800 metres, 10 minute walk to Leighton House.

Approximately  320 metres, 5 minute walk to Sambourne House

Holland Park (Central Line):

Approximately 1.2 km, 15 minute walk through Holland Park to either Leighton House or Sambourne House.

Kensington Olympia (London Overground):

Approximately 650 metres, 8 minute walk to Leighton House.

Approximately 1.2km, 15 minute walk to Sambourne House.

We recommend checking the Transport for London website prior to your journey to make sure there are no disruptions to your travel plans.

Buses

9, 23, 27, 28, 49, 328 stop on Design Museum / Kensington High Street/ Earls Court Road. 

Cycling

There are cycle racks for a limited number of bicycles outside the Leighton House visitor entrance. There are no dedicated cycle racks at Sambourne House. There are additional cycle racks along Kensington High St within easy reach of either museum. There are also numerous Santander Cycle docking stations in the immediate area.

Parking

Both Leighton House and Sambourne House do not have any onsite parking and we recommend travelling by public transport where possible. There are no drop-off parking spaces at Leighton House and Sambourne House.

Limited metered parking is available in nearby streets from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm, Saturday 8.30am to 1.30pm. There is free parking on Sunday. There is additional parking in the Holland Park Car Park off Abbotsbury Road (pay and display), which is 10 minutes’ walk from either museum. 

For more parking information please visit Kensington and Chelsea Guide to Parking  

Admission Information

Entrance

Entry to Leighton House is via the ground floor reception and is now step-free.

Entry to Sambourne House is via the reception room on the lower ground floor which is reached by 7 steps and is not wheelchair accessible.

Bag size policy

Bags and items larger than cabin bag size (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) are not permitted in any part of our museums. We recommend that large backpacks are not taken into the historical areas of either Leighton House or Sambourne House.

Photography

Photography is allowed in both houses. Photographs must be for personal use only, using hand-held cameras and phones. Flash photography is not permitted. Additional equipment such as tripods, monopods, gimbals and lighting is not permitted in the rooms. We encourage everyone to share images of your visit on social media, please do tag us when possible. For commercial photo shoots, please contact our Venue Hire team.  

Facilities

De Morgan Café, Shop and Outdoor spaces

Leighton House

There is a shop in the reception area, selling a curated selection of products inspired by our collections. You can also browse our online shop here: Leighton House Museum Shop (rbkc.gov.uk)

The De Morgan Café is located on the ground floor, with direct access to the garden for light refreshments. 

Weather permitting, the garden will be open for visitors to enjoy.

Entry to the shop, the De Morgan Café and garden is free.

Sambourne House

There is no café on site at Sambourne House. There is a small shop in the the reception area.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout both Leighton House and Sambourne House. 

Smartify 

Learn more about our collections with Smartify, a free-to-download museum’s app. 

Cloakroom / Lockers

Leighton House

There is no dedicated cloakroom at Leighton House.  Suitcases and large bags are not permitted at either of our museums. This also helps to preserve the delicate fabric of the historic interiors.

Sambourne House

There are a limited number of secure lockable racks for you to store some personal items during your visit however there is very limited space and no dedicated cloakroom on site. Suitcases and large bags are not permitted

Seating

Benches, seating and portable folding stools are available at Leighton House. There is very limited public seating at Sambourne House however there are a small number of portable folding stools. Ask a member of our team and we’ll be happy to help.

Accessible toilets and baby changing

Leighton House

Gender-neutral and accessible toilets including baby change facilities can be found on the lower ground floor.

Sambourne House

Two gender-neutral toilets are found on the lower basement level without step-free access. Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of this museum, there are currently no accessible toilets or baby change facilities.

Buggy Access and Parking

Leighton House

Buggies and push chairs can be used on all floors of the new wing and in the Learning Centre on the lower ground floor. Unfortunately, buggies and pushchairs can’t be taken into the historic house.

Sambourne House

Due to this historic nature of the museum, there is no access for buggies and pushchairs. A limited number of buggies can be parked in the lower basement level during your visit but please note that there is no step free access to the museum so any buggy or pushchair must be carried down a short, steep flight of steps to reach the basement reception.

Lifts and step-free access

There is a passenger lift at Leighton House which provides access to all floors of the museum, with platform lifts located on the ground floor and basement to provide additional step free access. Each of these lifts will accommodate standard wheelchairs and mobility aids.

There are no lifts located at Sambourne House and unfortunately the house not wheelchair accessible.

Accessibility

Visit our Accessibility page