Visitor Attractions

Lovely places to work from inside attractions, museums and libraries

A few weeks ago on Twitter, I asked my lovely connections if they could suggest the best spaces in attractions and museums, that I could sit and work for a while.

I was looking to build up a list of wonderful spaces to visit for inspiration, then sit and catch up on work for a while.

Well, Twitter did not disappoint, and now I’m sharing that list with you all. If you want to read through the original thread, you can find it here.


Islington Libraries


Apparently there’s a wonderful reference room in Islington Central Library that’s been recently refurbished and is lovely. 


Royal Geographical Society


There’s a membership require for The Royal Geographical Society, but it also has bookable meeting rooms too for a good price.


National Memorial Arboretum


The National Memorial Arboretum is free to enter and has good no-account-needed wi-fi.


Photo credits to National Memorial Arboretum website

Brading Roman Villa 


Should you be on the Isle of Wight then the cafe and views at Brading Roman Villa look pretty special.


Photo credits to Branding Roman Villa website

Wellcome Collection


The cafe & the library came highly recommended, as did the Reading Room.



Sheffield Cathedral Cafe


Sheffield Cathedral cafe apparently does a mean fruit cake in the cafe – tempting.


National Theatre




Southbank Centre


The members area in the Southbank Centre also came highly recommended. 

Southbank Centre

Photo credits to Southbank Centre website

Barbican Centre



The British Library


One of my personal favourites.

Somerset House





The Members room looks very nice, and the cafe is stellar!


Sheffield Central library


Sheffield Central library has the added benefit of the art gallery on the top floor for a stroll and a clearing of the mind.


Members Room at Tate Britain


The Member cafe/lounge at Tate Modern is great for that if you have a membership.


Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill


Has a lovely cafe and the tea comes in handmade stoneware mugs and is served under a Toyota which hangs from the ceiling in bits like a 3D exploded diagram.

Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill

Photo credits to Derby Museums website

Bristol Old Vic

@BristolOldVic If you’re ever in Bristol, the cafe and foyer looks pretty fabulous.

London Museum of Water & Steam


A free shared workspace with free WiFi, an amazing community cafe, and massive stationery steam engines.


Whitby Museum


Incredible range of exhibits. They do a mean cuppa and cake too I’m told.

Whitby Museum

Photo credits to Whitby Museum website


Leeds Museums & Galleries


The Tiled Hall Cafe at Leeds Museums & Galleries is lovely.


Barbican Library


You can join the Barbican Library which looks awesome.

The Coffee House

@theRSAorg  The Coffee House in the RSA has lots of lovely places to work.


MCR Art Gallery

In Manchester, @mcrartgallery


The Whitworth



The Portico Library



Library of Birmingham

@LibraryofBham Loads of desk space & power along with galleries, books & great views of the city if you need inspiration.


The National Archives


Open to visitors with a wide variety of spaces for working, with the added benefit of a free exhibition, access to the reading rooms, and a great cafe. 

Royal Museums Greenwich

 @RMGreenwich would make you warmly welcome in the Caird Library and Archive


Lincoln Cathedral Cafe


If you’re in Lincoln, the Cathedral Cafe has some lovely spaces (indoor and outdoor).


The Collection



Museum of Cambridge


Credit: Photo by Remy_Loz on Unsplash

Paul Wright.
Kelly Molson Managing Director

Host of the popular Skip the Queue Podcast, for people working in or working with visitor attractions, she regularly delivers workshops and presentations on the sector at various national conferences and universities including The Visitor Attractions Conference, ASVA and Anglia Ruskin University.

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