This is the older website for Kirkaldys Testing Museum at 99 Southwark Street, London SE1 0JF.

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Openings

Standard tours on the first Sunday of every month.

Guided tours at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Duration around 1½ hours. Maximum of 15 people on each tour.
Cost £15, plus booking fee.

Premium tours on the fourth Saturday of every month, (except December).

A single tour at 1:30 pm including a demonstration of the Kirkaldy testing machine. Duration around 2½ hours. Maximum 24 people.
Cost £23, plus booking fee.

January to May 2024 were sold out.

Taster tours on the fourth Wednesday evening of every month, (except December).

Shorter tours at 5 pm and 6 pm. Duration around 50 minutes with a maximum of 10 people on each tour.
Cost £7.50, plus booking fee.

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Book in advance. Bookings close 12 hours before the start of the first tour on that day. See the main website for more details and booking links, or use direct links in the table below.

It is likely that there will be places available on the day for the standard and evening tours, where we have a degree of flexibility on numbers. Please turn up at the front door 5 minutes before the stated tour time. Prices are as above but without the booking fee. Cash or card but cash preferred.

This is NOT the case for the premium tours where we are now selling all tickets well in advance.

Dates Times Type of tour Booking Link
Sat 22nd June 1:30pm Premium tour with machine run Eventbrite booking
Wed 26th June 5pm, 6pm Evening taster tours Eventbrite booking
Sun 7th July 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm Standard tours Eventbrite booking
Wed 24th July 5pm, 6pm Evening taster tours Eventbrite booking
Sat 27th July 1:30pm Premium tour with machine run Eventbrite booking
Sun 4th August 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm Standard tours Not yet open for booking
Sat 24th August 1:30pm Premium tour with machine run Eventbrite booking

To find out more goto our main website which is:

WWW.TESTINGWORKS.ORG.UK

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What you will see in a testing museum are materials testing machines. We are unique and realise that unlike most other museums it is very difficult to know what we are about just from our name, whether that is Testing Museum or Testing Works. Unless you are an engineer most people will never have seen materials testing machines. Try us and learn something new, or if you already know about materials testing, learn more about the history of the subject.

To see the museum in colour with some technical information about our exhibits click here.

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If you are a physics teacher we are now offering help to schools in teaching the materials sections of the A Level physics syllabus. Details on the main website.

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A company limited by guarantee. Company registered number 02151510. Registered Charity Number 297557