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Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

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Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

KidRated’s Old Operating Theatre Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: Surgical demonstrations on Saturdays at 2 pm
  • Best for parents: Visit Borough MarketSouthwark Cathedral as well
  • Top tip: Narrow spiral staircase unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs

Looking for a quirky and educational day out in London with your kids? The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret is a hidden gem that’s perfect for a family adventure! Located near London Bridge, this unique museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of medicine and surgery.


First off, kids will be amazed by the old surgical instruments and the atmospheric setting of the oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe. The tales of past medical practices are both eerie and intriguing, sparking curiosity and a bit of wonder.


Next, grab a family trail guide at the entrance. These trails are packed with fun facts and engaging challenges that create a great way to learn about the history of medicine while keeping young minds entertained and active.


Also, don’t miss out on the immersive app that brings the exhibits to life. The app offers interactive features and augmented reality elements, allowing kids to dive deeper into the stories behind the displays. It’s like having a personal tour guide in your pocket!


Plus, the Old Operating Theatre hosts special half-term activities that are perfect for families. From hands-on workshops to exciting storytelling sessions, there’s always something fun and educational happening during school breaks. These events make history come alive and provide a memorable experience for kids of all ages.


If your kids are into this weird and wonderful museum, why not also check out the Clink Prison Museum which can also be found in London Bridge?

Booking advice:

  • Family tickets available
  • Under 6 years go free



Herb Garret
9a St. Thomas’s St

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7188 2679


Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


I came here with my family and as freaky as it was, it was also pretty cool. After seeing how things were done back in the day, I’m glad we have the health care we have today! Unless this is your niche interest, I wouldn’t say this is a hot spot for you to hang out with friends. But it’s at least very interesting for a day out with your family.

Parent Point of View

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Laura Porter

  • You’ve got to climb a spiral staircase to enter so this is only for older kids.
  • This is probably best for kids really into medical history or when you have a London Pass.
  • The shop has quite a lot for kids so they actually might spend longer there than in the museum.

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