- Visit the William Morris Gallery to learn about the life and designs of this radical Victorian designer who influenced Britain locally and nationally.
- Check out the interactive and immersive exhibitions and activities on offer, from dressing up, to sketching and more.
- Pop into the William Morris Gallery shop to pick up some unique souvenirs inspired by the arts and crafts movement.
- Don't miss out on the nearby London attractions from parks, wetlands, markets and more great London days out.
For a great day out in Walthamstow, check out the William Morris Gallery, which is a museum dedicated to the artist, designer, early socialist and conservationist, William Morris. The building was William Morris's home, now a grade II listed building and Georgian home, showcasing material relating to the life of this radical figure. Conveniently, there is the William Morris Gallery shop, and the William Morris Gallery cafe on site, so when you're done soaking up the life and work of this figure, you can relax and take something home for memorabilia.
This is one of London's hidden gems, located in Walthamstow, where you can learn about William Morris, his artistic designer legacy, and he influenced both local and national history through his contribution to the famous arts and crafts movement. With a range of interactive activities, exhibitions and rooms, your little ones will be stimulated and entertained for the whole day, while learning and maybe even inspired to get designing themselves.
Your kids will be able to get involved in fun, creative tasks such as drawing, sketching, even dressing up too which makes for a wonderful historical, immersive experience. These activities will stimulate creative bones and creative outlets, perfect for beginners, budding artists and the Van Gogh's of the family. Plus, don't miss out on the events, workshops and other family-friendly days out that William Morris Gallery hosts. So, it's no wonder families flock to the museum to take part in a variety of fun activities and events, so be sure to check out their family fun schedule.
As the exhibits are interactive, immersing yourself into the history of William Morris, your little one will be entertained for the whole day, getting up close and personal with artefacts, objects and materials relating to the designer's life. For more fun museum days out in London, check out the V&A Museum of Childhood to complete your cultural tour, where your little ones will have blast engaging in fun exhibitions, watching performances and more.
Get active and feel the fresh British air in the surrounding parkland at the William Morris Gallery, the area is stunning, so perfect or a relaxing stroll, Your little ones will love feeding the ducks, plus there are great soft play facilities and a climbing area so the little ones can let off some steam and have a blast. There is a large green field area, plus a skateboarding zone, so your kids, whether they're big or small, will be able to run around and let their imaginations run wild. This area, known as Lloyds Park, was where William Morris himself would often spend time to reflect, think, and get creative. The perfect plan is to go after a visit to the William Morris Gallery shop.
Plus, if you're looking for fun things to do near the William Morris Gallery and in and around Walthamstow, you have a great number of options. If your kids are feeling extra active, check out the Vestry House Museum, which gives a comprehensive story relating to the borough of Waltham Forest and the people here. The Museum boasts a great schedule of events exhibitions, and family friendly activities, such as Bremer Car, about the first petrol engine motorcar. Plus, why not visit Walthamstow Village? Walthamstow Village has a great number of shops for you to browse, along with great food options when you're feeling peckish. Then, when you're done, be sure to check out one of the longest street markets in Europe, aka Walthamstow Markets!* Get down and get bargaining for some great deals, unique items and more. For nature lovers, be sure to visit Walthamstow Wetland, which is London's biggest urban wetland reserve, where you'll find a diverse range of wildlife, located in a serene spot.
For more fun London days out, check out Victoria Park so your little ones can get active in one of the largest parks in Tower Hamlets, home to play areas, cafe, sports pitches and more.
What to know before you go
- The William Morris Gallery opening times are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
- When you're feeling peckish, there is a cafe/tea room onsite serving delicious snacks, food and refreshments, along with kid-friendly meals, high chairs and bottle warming facilities. Alternatively, there are plenty of eateries nearby in Walthamstow, plus parks, like Lloyd Park, if you wish to bring a picnic.
- There are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities
- The site is fully accessible, with lifts, and navigable for those using wheelchair and pushchairs.
- The William Morris Gallery is located by Lloyd Park, north east London, in Walthamstow, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
- If travelling via public transport, Walthamstow Central station (Victoria Line and overground) is a 15 minute walk away, or a short bus journey. Blackhorse Road (Victoria Line) is also close by. Take the bus routes 34, 97, 215, 275, or 357 to Bell Corner. Or, the 123 to Ilford from Blackhorse Road station stopping at Lloyd Park, where from there it is a 10 minute walk. You could just walk for 20 minutes from Blackhorse Road, too.
- If travelling via car, get off at Billet roundabout from the North Circular and go via A112.
- The Gallery has three disabled parking bays for blue badge holders only. There is no other parking at the Gallery and parking in the local area is very limited. It is therefore advisable to come by public transport if at all possible. Alternatively, look here for NCP parking nearby.