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Eel Pie Island Museum

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The history of Eel Pie Island tells a fascinating and varied story. From the role it played in the RnB boom of the 60s to its historical boatyards, maverick characters and pioneering spirit of inventive creativity, these fabulous stories are told in the museum, not just on its walls, but also from the first-hand experience of some of its superb volunteers.

Celebrating all that has made this little Thames island so famous - from it's working boatyards to the part the Eel Pie Island Hotel played in the British Blues explosion of the 1960s and how it helped superstars such as the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton kick start their musical careers.

The Eel Pie Island Museum brings this fantastic history to life - come and see just what this little island in the centre of Twickenham offers in the way of musical and river-related heritage and the creative, inventive nature of many of its inhabitants.

Following the success of the Eelpiland exhibition at the Stables Gallery in 2013 and the pop-up Museum over the summer of 2015, the Eel Pie Island Museum opened in 2017 right in the heart of Twickenham.

 

Group Visits: (10 or more)

Available by prior arrangement only.

Group visits for 10+ take place outside of usual opening hours, giving exclusive access to the Museum, with friendly, knowledgeable volunteers on hand to chat and inform.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are also included in the price.

Visits can include an in-house presentation, or guided Walking Tour of Twickenham’s Embankment, overlooking Eel Pie Island (weather permitting).

Eel Pie Island Museum can also put you in touch with The Eel Pie Pub if you would like to pre-book a tasty lunch for your visit.

 

Please contact eelpieislandmuseum@gmail.com to discuss what works best for you.

Private group visits are £10 per person to include either a presentation or Walking Tour, or £7 per person for exclusive museum access only.

 

Guided Walking Tours:

Guided walking tours for groups can be booked (for 8 and up to 20 participants), taking in the best views of Eel Pie Island, as seen from Twickenham’s Embankment. 

All walks (even if taking place outside of the Museum’s regular opening times) include entrance to the Museum.

A walking tour typically lasts 45-60 minutes, and questions and contributions from participants are very much encouraged!

 

Choose from either:

‘A SLICE OF EEL PIE’ – Eel Pie Island’s fascinating past and present, told on a stroll along Twickenham’s historic Embankment. 

‘ARCADIAN THAMES’ - from Eel Pie Island to Marble Hill House, celebrating four centuries of the Twickenham’s historic riverside.

 

£10 per person (non-Member) for walking tours.

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Annual Passport (unlimited visits for 1 year)£6.00 per ticket
Single visit£4.00 per ticket
Under 16s (must be accompanied by an adult)Free

The Eel Pie Pub, in Church St, also offers a 15% discount on food to EPIM ‘passport’ holders. Just show your membership card when you order.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Visiting by Car:

Pay & Display Richmond Council parking directly opposite the Museum in the York House car park (TW1 3AA).

Additional council-run car parks can be found within a 3-minute walk of the Museum:

Arragon Rd TW1 3NG (behind Waitrose) Church Lane TW1 3NX

Public Transport Directions

Visiting by Bus:

33, 290, 490, H22, R68, R70 - stops are 1-minute walk from Museum (on Richmond Rd/York St)

110, 267, 281 - stops are a 2-minute walk away (on London Rd)

 

Visiting by Train:

Twickenham Station is a 4-minute walk away

 

Visiting by Tube:

Nearest tube is at Richmond (District Line).

Twickenham Station is two stops on the train.

Richmond Station, then take a bus from the bus stop directly outside to Lebanon Court stop which takes you to within sight of the museum (approx. 10 mins journey time): 490, H22, R68, R70 (very regular buses).

 

Coach parking:

Free coach parking available opposite the Museum. Please email The Eel Pie Island Museum for reservation details.

Eel Pie Island Museum

Type:Museum

1-3 Richmond Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 3AB

Tel: 020 8891 1141

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2024)
DayTimes
Thursday - Sunday12:00 - 18:00

* Monday to Wednesday: Appointments only

Thursday to Sunday last admission at 17:30.

Times & days outside of this are available on request for groups.

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