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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


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British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

(alternative entrance on Montague Place)

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By Tube

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Nearest underground stations:

  • Holborn (500m)
  • Tottenham Court Road (500m) – Central line trains will not stop at Tottenham Court Road from 3 January until mid-December 2015
  • Russell Square (800m)
  • Goodge Street (800m)

Transport for London: Tube maps 

Download the Tottenham Court Road travel advice leaflet and walking map (1.42MB) 

By bus

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Buses that stop near the Museum:

  • 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
    Stop on New Oxford Street
  • 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390
    Stop northbound on Tottenham Court Road,
    southbound on Gower Street
  • 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188
    Stop on Southampton Row

Transport for London: bus routes 

By bicycle

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Bike racks

There are bike racks inside the Museum gates on Great Russell Street.
Transport for London: cycling information 

Santander Cycle Hire

The nearest docking station is just outside the Museum gates, on the corner of Great Russell Street and Montague Place.
About Santander Cycle Hire Scheme 

By car

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Congestion charge

The Museum is within the Congestion Charge zone.
About the Congestion Charge 


There is little on-street parking available. The nearest car park to the Museum is located at Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2RJ.
Details for Bloomsbury Square car park 

Disabled parking

There is limited parking in the Museum's forecourt for disabled visitors only.

To make arrangements please telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8299 at least 24 hours in advance.
You will be asked to provide the registration number, make and model of your vehicle and the date of your visit.