Visiting

The public can visit the Royal College of Physicians from 9am to 5pm Monday–Friday to explore our museum collections, medicinal garden and Grade I listed architecture – entry is free.

You will see

Guided tours

Take a guided tour of the Royal College of Physicians and discover 500 years of history, art and medicine, our acclaimed Grade I listed building, and our medicinal garden.

  • Book a tour for your group of 6+ led by our expert history team or our partners - guided city walks specialists Discover Medical London
  • Groups of six or more can visit the RCP by appointment only or as part of a pre-booked tour. Only groups led by our staff and authorised guides can explore the building.

To find out more about our tours and to send feedback on your museum visit, email history@rcplondon.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 20 3075 1543. 

Opening hours

  • Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
  • Last entry 4.30pm (excluding bank holidays and other closure days)

Address

Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent's Park

London NW1 4LE

Email: enquiries@rcplondon.ac.uk

We are closed to the public on bank holidays and:

  • 6 July 2016
  • 19 July 2016
  • 26 July 2016
  • 29 July 2016 (Please note that the last day to see the John Dee exhibition is Thursday 28 July, not the 29th as advertised)
  • 1–31 August 2016 (for essential maintenance work)
  • 14 September 2016
  • 20 September 2016
  • 11 October 2016
  • 16 November 2016
  • 23 December 2016.

Museum and exhibition visitors

On arrival: Please sign in at our reception desk. You will be given directions and details of rooms available to see that day, and a free multimedia museum visitor guide packed with information about RCP history and architecture.

Facilities: A cloakroom is available. We don't have a café, however many cafés, pubs and restaurants are within 5-10 minutes' walk in Regent's Park and around Great Portland Street station. (The refreshments you see around the building are for pre-booked event delegates only.)

Groups: Groups of six or more can visit the RCP by appointment only. Please email history@rcplondon.ac.uk and we'd be delighted to advise you. Only groups led by our staff and authorised guides can explore the building.

The RCP is a busy conference venue and occasionally the exhibition gallery and other spaces will become crowded as delegates move around the building, particularly at lunchtime. We do appreciate your patience and you can explore the rest of our building, collections and medicinal garden at these times.

Building accessibility

The RCP strives to make its Grade I listed building as accessible as possible. If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a visit or discuss your special requirements, please contact the RCP switchboard on: +44 (0)20 7935 1174.

Travel

By underground:

  • Regent's Park station on the Bakerloo line (3 minutes' walk)
  • Great Portland Street station on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines (5 minutes' walk)
  • Warren Street station on the Victoria and Northern lines (10 minutes' walk)
  • King's Cross station (5 minutes by taxi) – step-free access.

Transport for London Journey Planner

By train:

  • Euston station (15 minutes' walk) – step-free access (but not to underground)
  • King's Cross station (5 minutes by taxi) – step-free access
  • St Pancras station – Eurostar terminal (5 minutes by taxi) – step-free access
  • Marylebone station (5 minutes by taxi).

National Rail Enquiries

By road:

  • From the north: A4201 Albany Street from A41 North, the M1, A1, M40 and M25
  • From the east: A501 Euston Road from A13 East, the M25, the M20 and the M2
  • From the west: A501 Marylebone Road from A40 Westway, the M4 Heathrow and the M25
  • From the south: A4201 Portland Place from Westminster and the A23, M25 and M23 Gatwick.

Car parking:

  • The RCP has free car parking for disabled visitors, limited parking for event organisers and is outside the congestion charge zone.
  • There are public car parks within walking distance located on A4201 Portland Place, Devonshire Street, Munster Square and Cardington Street. Please see the map.

Cycle stands

  • The RCP has cycle stands for guests – please ask at reception.

By air:

  • Heathrow: Express train from Heathrow Airport (15 minutes to Paddington station, then three stops on the underground to Great Portland Street station)
  • Gatwick: Express train from Gatwick Airport (30 minutes to Victoria station, then three stops on the underground to Warren Street station)
  • Stansted: Express train from Stansted Airport (45 minutes to Liverpool Street station, then five stops on the underground to Great Portland Street station).