Bruce Castle Museum

Admission to the museum is free.

About Bruce Castle Museum

Accredited Museum logo

Bruce Castle Museum is accredited by Arts Council England. The ACE Accreditation Scheme sets national standards for UK museums. Entry is free to all visitors.

Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th Century manor house in 20 acres of parkland. William Compton - a member of Henry VIII’s court, built the oldest surviving parts of the building.

Since then the building has been modified several times by subsequent owners including the Coleraine family. One of the wives of the 2nd Lord Coleraine is said to haunt the building.

Sir Rowland Hill's family ran a progressive school for boys at Bruce Castle during the Victorian period. Sir Rowland reformed the British postal system and became famous for introducing the Penny Post.

Bruce Castle opened as a Museum in 1906 and now houses local history collections relating to the borough of Haringey. The collection of paintings may be viewed on the BBC website in the external links section towards the bottom of this page.

Bruce Castle Park was the first public park in Tottenham. There is a Tree Trail to follow and the park is part of the Better Haringey Walking Trail.

Green Tourism (silver) logo

In 2012 we were granted a silver level award by Green Business UK Ltd. Our supporters include representatives of Friends of the Earth (FoE). Click here to see the 2012 winners of the FoE national photographic competition on renewable energy (external link).

As part of our commitment to the Green Tourism Business Scheme (external link) we have established a Visitor Charter.

Each year, National Fairtrade Fortnight encourages us all to think a bit more about how and where our food is produced. Bruce Castle Museum buys Fairtrade products.

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Opening hours

  • Museum
    Wednesday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm
    • Visiting groups including schools may book to visit at other times
  • Local History Archives Search-room
    Wednesday and alternate Saturdays 1pm - 5pm
    Thursday and Friday 9.30am - 5pm
    • It is advisable to book an appointment to ensure we can accommodate your visit.
    • Please note: the building will be closed to the public from 21 December 2014 until 2 January 2015
  • The Museum and Archives are always closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and the Summer Bank Holidays.
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Car Park

Our car park opens at 9am and closes at 5pm. It is intended for visitors to the museum and archives service only; including those attending functions held on the premises. Parking your car is your own responsibility. We cannot be held responsible for any parking tickets incurred by anyone, under any circumstances parking outside our gates.

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Archives and Local History Service

Bruce Castle is also home to the borough's Archives and Local History Service.

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Loans and Donations and Bequests to the Museum

If you are considering donating an object of local historical interest to the museum please contact the Curator. Our address, telephone number and additional contact details are given at the bottom of this page.

Registered museums seeking a loan of objects from collections held by Bruce Castle Museum are subject to agreed standards of transport, security and display. For enquiries please contact the Curator.

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Publications for Sale

A list of publications about local history and associated interests for sale at Bruce Castle Museum can be found in the attached files section at the bottom of the page.

The museum also has a number of small traditional toy items and souvenirs for sale at modest prices and great gifts produced by Haringey's Studio 306.

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Bruce Castle Museum works with local people and other partners to collect, record and care for Haringey’s unique cultural heritage and to promote the understanding and enjoyment of that heritage through access and education for all.

Contact details

Bruce Castle Museum
Lordship Lane
N17 8NU

Tel 020 8808 8772
020 8808 4118

The Museum is free to all visitors.

How to get to Bruce Castle Museum

Map Bruce Castle Museum and Park; click on the link in the external links section

Bicycle/On Foot
In line with our Green Visitor Charter we encourage you to come by bicycle or on foot to the museum. You can secure your bicycle near the round Tudor tower to the front of the building.

Mainline Train
Bruce Grove Station (London Liverpool Street line). On leaving the station walk up Bruce Grove (5 mins), the museum is directly ahead, located in Bruce Castle Park.
Or take the number 243 or number 123 bus from stop K on Bruce Grove to stop LE on Lordship Lane (Journey time approximately 2 mins). Bruce Castle Museum is just across the road, located in Bruce Castle Park.
National Rail website (external link)

Victoria Line to Seven Sisters station (Zone 3).
At the top of the escalators exit the station by the steps to your left, round the back of the newspaper kiosk. There will be a bus stop right in front of you at the top of the steps. Take bus 243 along the High Road. After about 5 minutes the bus will turn sharp left and travel up Bruce Grove. At the top of Bruce Grove the automatic announcer will state, 'The Roundway East Arm'. This is your stop. Get off the bus and walk back a few yards to the crossing. Take care as you cross Lordship Lane, and then enter Bruce Castle Park, just along to your right. The museum will be facing you.
Or Piccadilly Line to Wood Green Station (Zone 3).
Upon exiting the station turn immediately to the left. This road is Lordship Lane and Bruce Castle Museum is approximately 25mins walk. Or take the number 243 bus from the first bus stop on your side of the road - it is about one minute's walk away (Journey time approximately 10 mins).
TFL Journey Planner website (external link)

Buses 243,123 and 318 all stop near Bruce Castle Museum. See above for directions from the overground and underground stations.
TFL Journey Planner website (external link)

To help plan your journey visit our Travel page.

There is a car-park to the rear of the museum, entrance is located on Church Lane (space for max 20 cars) - parking is free for visitors to the museum and archive service. Street parking nearby is only available on non-match days for Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Attached Files

Filename Filetype Size
Shop Publications List - 2012 Microsoft Word DocumentWord90 KB

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