V&A pool and courtyard


This is a lovely place to take in some culture & have a picnic at the same time.

You can wander the galleries, or take part in the family activities, and then - in the warmer months - let the kids cool off in the paddling pool.

John Madejski gave the V&A £2 million to create a new garden at the heart of the Museum. The John Madejski Garden opened on 5 July 2005 and is a central part of the V&A's FuturePlan.

Kim Wilkie's new design has transformed the garden. The Italianate courtyard is now a stylish, elegant place to meet and provides a central point from which to explore the museum. The main feature is a stone-paved oval, with surrounding steps and water jets, which can be filled with water as a reflecting pool or drained for displays.

Grass lawns and York stone paving surround the central oval. Glass planters contain lemon trees in summer and clipped hollies in winter.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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