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Despite its postal address in Kent, Bethlem Hospital is in the south-eastern suburbs of London, in the Borough of Bromley, and its location is clearly shown on maps of Greater London.
From Central London, via Streatham or Crystal Palace to the A214. This passes the north end of Monks Orchard Road.
From further south, via the A232 Croydon to Orpington Road. This passes the south end of Monks Orchard Road just west (the Croydon side) of West Wickham.
From Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge, to Eden Park, via trains travelling to Hayes (Kent). Two trains per hour: journey time 30 minutes. Train times change during rush hour periods. Some trains on this line also leave from Cannon Street. Walking time from Eden Park Station, 10 to 15 minutes, or take the 356 bus from outside the station to Bethlem Royal Hospital.
From Victoria, frequent fast trains to East Croydon: journey time about 15 minutes. Buses from outside the station and travelling towards West Wickham, Nos. 119, 194 and 198, pass the south end of Monks Orchard Road. Walking time from the bus stop, 5 to 10 minutes.
Bethlem Royal Hospital is at the Shirley end of the 356 route, which runs to Forest Hill.
Bethlem Hospital occupies a large site and the buildings are widely scattered, but it is easy to find the Archives and Museum, which is close to the entrance. If you are on foot, turn right just inside the gate, and you will find our building a little way down the road on the right hand side. It is well signed. This is a service road, and the traffic barrier is opened only for Heavy Goods Vehicles: so if you are driving you will have to turn left and follow the signs, working your way round until you are nearly back where you started. You may find it easiest to park in the visitor's car park near the gate, or outside in Monks Orchard Road, and walk the short distance to our building.
We are in a single story building with a wheelchair access ramp. Disabled toilets are in the cafeteria building next door. Disabled parking is available immediately adjacent to the Archives and Museum building.
The Museum is open:
Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.
(Open selected Saturdays 11am to 5pm: 14 Jan, 11 Feb, 10 Mar, 14 April, 5 May, 2 June and 7 July 2012)
It is closed on Bank Holidays and other (NHS) statutory holidays. We have only a small staff, and the museum is occasionally closed at other times at short notice. Please telephone to check opening times, before planning a special visit. ◊Contacts
The Archives are open:
Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm, by appointment only.
We regret that there is normally room for only one reader at a time, or two if both are working on the same project.