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Please note that our visits are for Merton U3A members only.
When booking, please provide a separate cheque for each event.

21 June 2018

Brooklands Museum Brooklands is the birthplace of British motor sport and aviation. Our tour lasting 1½ hours will include a visit to the new “Aircraft Factory” which evokes an authentic factory atmosphere of the past, of which the centrepiece is the famous “Wellington”. Also on display are vintage cars, bicycles, motorbikes and a VC-10 once belonging to the Sultan of Oman. After the tour, members will be able to explore the rest of the site including the London Bus Museum or perhaps take a simulated flight on Concorde (£5 extra – tickets available on the day). The museum closes at 4pm. There is a café on site.

13 July 2018

Kneller Hall houses the Royal Military Academy of Music which trains musicians for the British army. It is also home to the School’s Museum of Army Music. Our tour will cover the history of military music, the use of music in battle and the ceremonial use in state events, such as Trouping the Colour and Changing the Guard.

14 August 2018

Royal Chelsea Hospital houses some 300 army veterans live. The idea behind this magnificent building, housing the Chelsea Pensioners, was inspired by the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. Two residential wings are linked by the Great Hall and the Wren Chapel. Our guided walking tour around the site, led by a resident, will last about 90 min followed by an opportunity to visit the museum, shop and café.

13 September 2018

Eltham Palace is a stunning Art Deco mansion set in beautiful landscaped gardens. It was built in the 1930s for the Courtaulds onto the existing Great Hall of the medieval palace. The lavish rooms include a bathroom with gold plated taps and a centrally heated area for the family’s pet ring-tailed lemur. Our 1½ hour tour of the house will include its magnificent interiors and furnishings and also the medieval Great Hall, childhood home of Henry VIII. There is a café on site where refreshments can be bought before and after the tour.

LIST OF VISITS 2009 onwards

This list is meant to prompt suggestions for future visits, which are always welcome. Venues must be easily accessible by public transport (one change from Wimbledon permitted), and preferably offer a guided tour or presentation for groups that is not available for individuals.


May The Langdon Down Trust Centre
June Whitelands College at Roehampton
July Fulham Palace
August Broadcasting House
September Linley Sambourne House
October Bank of England Museum
October Guildford and Clandon Park
November Whitechapel Art Gallery


February Royal Mint
March Government Art Collection
April Geffrye Museum and gardens
June Musical Museum Brentford
July London Fire Brigade Museum
September Leighton House Museum
October National Theatre, Backstage
November Saatchi Gallery and the National Army Museum Gallery


February The Foundling Museum
March The Hotung Gallery at the British Museum
April Kenwood
May Buckingham Palace Gardens (canc)
May Chiswick House and Gardens
June Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition
July The Hunterian Museum
August 7, Hammersmith Terrace
September The Palace of Westminster and The Jewel Tower
October The Guildhall Art Gallery
November Bank of England Museum


February The Supreme Court of the UK
March The Women’s Library
March Museum of the Order of St. John
April M.C.C., Lord’s Ground
May Museum of London
May Stanley Picker
June The Design Museum
July The De Morgan Centre
August Buckingham Palace
September Stanley Picker, Poppy Factory, Supreme Court
October The Jewish Museum of London
November The National Archives at Kew


February Wesley's Chapel
March Amongst Heroes: the Artist in working Cornwall
April Kew Gardens, The Charterhouse
May The Freud Museum
June Royal Hospital Chelsea
July Brooklands Museum
August Buckingham Palace
October London City Walk
October Houses of Parliament
December Big Ben
January Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
February Big Ben
March The Reform Club
April Fishmongers Hall
May Royal Courts of Justice
May Chelsea Physic Garden
June Broadcasting House
July Fulham Palace
September Whitechapel Bell Foundry
October The Old Palace, Croydon.
November Strawberry Hill
January Florence Nightingale Museum
February Ragged School Museum
March Geffrye Museum
March Museum of the Order of St John
April 2 Temple Place
May Regent's Park Mosque
June Musical Museum, Kew
July The Globe Theatre
August Bevis Marks Synagogue
September Blitz tour organised by Museum of London
October The Art of the Garden at the Queen's Gallery
November Sir John Soane's Museum
January Watermen's Hall
February Maritime Greenwich
March The Royal Institute of British Architects HQ
April Charleston
April The Wallace Collection
June Westminster Cathedral
July The Charterhouse
August The Supreme Court
September St Bartholomew's Hospital
October Royal Albert Hall
November Royal School of Needlework
December Somerset House
January Freemason's Hall
February Clothworkers' Company
March College and Museum of Optometrists
April Twickenham Stadium
May Warren House
June Spencer House
July Vintners Hall
August National Theatre backstage
September Dorich House Museum
October Royal College of Physicians
November Goldsmiths' Hall
December St Pancras Hotel
January The Cinema Museum
February Normansfield
March Fuller's Brewery
April Skinners Hall


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