"The Bank" City of London - The Square Mile Tip by DUNK67

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  Bank of England
by DUNK67

The Bank of England Museum is a little known and little publicised attraction but well worth a visit if you are interested in money or simply just want to learn about it.

The museum is located in Bartholomew Lane on the side of the main Bank building. As soon as you enter your bags are thoroughly searched before being allowed to enter. The admission is free but it would be worth paying to get in.

The museum traces the history of money and Banking in England as well as that of the actual Bank of England building.
There are many exhibits on display including a million pound note, current currency, and even 59 facsimile gold bars.
In one display there is a gold bar which you can pick up with one hand although it is very heavy at 28lbs (13kg), and a current value (22-11-04) of 95 635.

Did you know that thousands of pounds worth of bank notes are shredded every day because they aren`t very good quality, ripped or dirty, you can buy ornaments with some of the shredded notes in the Museum Shop?

The Bank museum is great place to learn how money is printed and the origins of the current banking system.

At the end of the tour there is a small shop selling a variety of things from coin sets to cd roms about the Bank.

Address: Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH
Directions: The nearest Tube station is Bank on the Northern, Central, Circle, District, and the Waterloo and City lines as well as the Docklands Light Railway.
Phone: 020 7601 5545
Website: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk

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  • Updated Dec 5, 2004
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