Please note all walking times are based on average walking pace for an adult of average fitness. Please adjust times accordingly for older adults, wheelchair users or those with physical impairments or health issues.
Rail / London Overground
The Horniman is a 5-10 minute walk from Forest Hill station and is signposted from the platform 1 exit. Please be aware this walk is uphill, although there are several bus services which stop at both the station and museum (see below).
- Forest Hill is on the London Overground line running between Highbury & Islington and West Croydon / Crystal Palace which offers a high frequency service.
- The station is also well served by trains from Central London, Croydon and Surrey. Direct train services run from London Bridge (approx every ten minutes, journey time 13 minutes) linking with the Northern and Jubilee lines, and London Victoria linking with the Victoria, Circle and District lines, East Croydon, West Croydon, Sutton, Purley and Caterham.
Check the Transport for London Journey Planner for further details.
The following buses stop near the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
- Buses 176, 185, 197, 356 and P4 stop outside on London Road.
- Bus 122 stops on Dartmouth Road.
- Bus P13 stops on Underhill Road.
- Bus 363 stops on Sydenham Hill Road.
Parking is severely limited in the local area, so using public transport to come to the Museum is recommended if possible.
There is limited on-site car parking for disabled visitors – call 020 8699 1872 for more details or find more information here. A pay-and-display car park is available locally in Pearcefield Car Park behind Sainsbury’s which has 5 disabled spaces, and there are two pay-and-display car parks at Forest Hill station (one at the front, one at the back).
Please avoid parking on private roads.
Getting to Know the Venue
Facilities at the venue include a shop, cafe, lift and accessible toilets. Wheelchair hire is also available. For more information, please see the Planning Your Visit page on the Horniman website.
The Horniman is fully accessible from the main public entrance on London Road. The Museum and Gardens are both wheelchair and pushchair friendly with accessible toilets. Toilets inside the Museum are fully accessible, and a lift gives access to all the exhibition areas.
For more information on access to The Horniman Museum and Gardens, please see their website accessibility information page.