Planning a trip to London?

Foursquare can help you find the best places to go to.

Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

History Museum and Museum
Bermondsey, London
Save
Share
7.3/10
59
ratings
  • Lauren K.
    "... small quirky museums. Climb up the creaky wooden staircase and step..."(3 Tips)
    Jordan R.
    "Offbeat and quirky museum."(2 Tips)
    Doug S.
    "Don't book yourself in for surgery, the facilities are a bit old"(2 Tips)
    Suzi
    "tiny spiral staircase"(2 Tips)
22 Tips and reviews
Filter:
  • climb
  • museums
  • theaters
Log in to leave a tip here.

Sort:
  • Popular
  • Recent
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KeithNovember 1, 2014
    One of London's best small quirky museums. Climb up the creaky wooden staircase and step back into the 1820s, when students filled the platforms to watch the next amputation: http://bit.ly/1wmJzhY
  • Antony M.
    Antony MossAugust 20, 2012
    Quirky, fascinating, nauseating! Includes operating theatre from days when it was a theatre, with drip tray to catch blood before it soaked through the floor onto the congregation of St Thomas' below!
  • Suzi
    SuziSeptember 21, 2011
    You have to climb up a tiny spiral staircase to get in; if you don't break your leg doing so don't worry as there is lots of broken leg memorabilia inside!
    Upvoted Oct 20
  • Caroline A.
    There is a tiny door to the left, which almost makes the place look closed. Open it and carefully navigate up the steep spiral staircase to the museum.
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJune 6, 2013
    Climb the stairs to see what operations were like before the time of anesthetics—and if you're up for it, come during one of the surgical reenactments. Read more
  • Richard G.
    Richard GregoryOctober 28, 2010
    Recommended: During the holidays there is occasionally a re-creation of the gruesome 19th century surgery practices that once took place there. Very surreal, but well worth a watch! Read more
  • Wojciech Jan G.
    This unique atmosphere helps understand exhibition located in this museum. Awesome 😍
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphJuly 13, 2012
    At this old operating theatre near London Bridge, occasional tours recount grisly tales of primitive medical treatments. Amputations without anaesthetic were common, painful deaths frequent.
    Upvoted Oct 20
  • HISTORY UK
    HISTORY UKJanuary 17, 2011
    The oldest operating theatre in the country was rediscovered by chance during building work in 1957. There is sand under the floorboards to stop blood dripping through into the rooms below.
  • Nikki J.
    Nikki JojiOctober 11, 2012
    They often hold very interesting talks by leaders of the medical profession - Harold Ellis was amazing!
  • Aurelie S.
    Aurelie SilvestreDecember 7, 2014
    Quirky and well preserved place. A little gem in SE1. A must see!
  • Susan P.
    Susan PriceJune 8, 2012
    It's a bit dim, but worth squinting at all the cabinets with drugs, cures and herbs. The theatre itself doesn't disappoint.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinNovember 26, 2015
    Fascinating museum. Check out the operating theatre. Must have been very grusome.
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MarlowDecember 18, 2009
    A healthcare time capsule museum in the attic of St. Thomas', filled with great (if a bit macabre) medical devices and stories. Read more
  • Damien S.
    Damien SaundersOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    take a photo of the skull as you walk in the entrance
  • Luke M.
    Luke Murphy-WearmouthSeptember 16, 2010
    Once home to Florence Nightingale, who some say still watches over what goes on here... #ldnghosthunt
  • Doug S.
    Doug ShawSeptember 28, 2011
    Don't book yourself in for surgery, the facilities are a bit old
  • Morgans Hotel Group
    Morgans Hotel GroupAugust 7, 2012
    Part of the Guy's hospital buildings
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RonronJanuary 6, 2012
    Offbeat and quirky museum.
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TurnerNovember 23, 2009
    Have a look at a genuine Victorian operating table. Not a pretty sight. Read more
  • Damien S.
    Damien SaundersOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    read Dr jekyll & Mr Hyde after your visit
  • Felipe
    FelipeSeptember 28
    Se siente una sensación extraña entrar ahí pensando todo lo que se hacía en el pasado.
83 Photos

Related Searches

  • old operating theatre museum & herb garret london
  • old operating theatre museum & herb garret london photos
  • old operating theatre museum & herb garret london location
  • old operating theatre museum & herb garret london address
  • old operating theatre museum & herb garret london
  • old operating theatre london
  • old operating theatre museum london
  • old operating theatre museum & herb garret london
  • old operating theatre museum and herb garret london
  • the old operating theatre museum london
  • old operating theatre museum & herb garret bermondsey london

Foursquare © 2016  Lovingly made in NYC & SF