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Almshouse 14 Tours

Discover what it was like to live in Hackney 200 years ago on tours of our restored 18th-century almshouse dwellings.

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Embark on an interactive walk through Almshouse 14 to see for yourself how residents kept warm, slept, ate, and did their washing centuries ago.

Our Visitor Experience volunteers will lead the tours, which include: 

  • A general introduction to the almshouses and the history of Hackney 
  • Conversations around Robert Geffrye, how he contributed to the buildings and his involvement in slavery and exploitation.  
  • A viewing of Michael McMillan’s Waiting for Myself to Appear, film piece. Learn more about the film here 
  • An interactive and multi-sensory tour of our two restored almshouse rooms and basement. 


Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the building, the almshouse rooms are not wheelchair accessible. 


Tours last 45 minutes and start promptly at 2pm every Saturday. Wherever possible, we will try to admit latecomers but admission cannot always be guaranteed – please arrive on time to avoid disappointment. 

Ticketing information 

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes in advance of the tour, to allow our staff time to check your ticket, and to check your belongings into our lockers and use facilities (there are no facilities within Almshouse 14). 
  • For group bookings or to enquire about availability, please contact us at 
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets can be exchanged for later dates, subject to availability. 


We have temporarily paused almshouse tours while we recruit new tour leaders. Explore all tours for the Museum's tours and talks, available to book every week.

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Almshouse 14, Museum of the Home

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