Scroll through each of our seven floors below to discover what you can enjoy during your visit to Seven Stories!

Word Lab


The wizarding world of Harry Potter has been brought to life at Seven Stories as we celebrate Jim Kay’s stunning full colour edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Diagon Alley is the bustling backdrop to our enchanting attic, where storytelling, special events and live performances take place. Visit Mulligrubs to pick up your groceries and explore the shelves of Flourish and Blotts to find your next favourite book!

The attic is available for hire, ideal for a dinner event, reception or presentation. Find hire information here, or contact us;

E: or T: 0300 330 1095



Maisy's Bathtime and Other Small Stories

Enjoy meeting Maisy and her friends at Seven Stories in this adaptation of our ever-popular Time to Get Up exhibition. 

Come back to play through your day! From getting up to going to bed, this exhibition shows that reading books together can offer reassurance and encouragement. Sharing books can also make the everyday exciting in surprising ways.

The Gillian Dickinson Learning Space

This private space is available for available for hire, perfect for training, larger meetings and networking sessions. Find hire information here, or contact us;

E: or T: 0300 330 1095


Coffee Shop
Robert Westall Gallery

Elmer and Friends Exhibition

Until February 2020.

ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee celebrates 30 years of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and is the first major retrospective of David McKee’s striking artwork.  

Alongside artwork and manuscripts from the world famous Elmer series, some of which will be on display for the first time, the exhibition will also showcase artwork from David McKee’s other popular stories, including Not Now, Bernard.

Find out more here!


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Story Station
Sebastian Walker Gallery

Drawing Words: an exhibition curated by Lauren Child

Drawing Words: an exhibition curated by Lauren Child

The Drawing Words exhibition brings together some of the most exciting children's book illustration to come out of the UK in recent years.

While Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh are universally recognised and demonstrate the rich history of children’s book illustration in the UK, Drawing Words looks to the future.

To sit alongside the Drawing Words exhibition, Seven Stories has commissioned Cumbria-based artist Hannah Fox to create a play space for children inspired by the illustrators featured in the exhibition.  Reminiscent of a pop-up book, children will enjoy moving from one page (or world) to the next whether that’s a treehouse, out under the night sky or under the bed.  These are places that children might go to imagine or daydream with each space full of drawing activities and carefully designed to spark imaginations.

Expect interaction, playfulness and opportunities for dreamlike creativity! 

For further information visit the exhibition page.


Story Station

Young visitors can enjoy creative, sensory play in our Story Station! Get comfortable in our cosy snug and explore seven of our favourite books with the help of sensory boxes full of activities based around texture, colour and sound. Our handcrafted, wooden train set also allows budding conductors to put themselves to the test.


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Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. There is always lots to do – with unique exhibitions, engaging storytellers, visiting authors and fun activities for all ages.

Click here to find Seven Stories’ opening times and admission prices.



Start your visit with a smile with our welcoming and helpful reception team, who will tell you all about what’s going on in the building, including story times, performances and crafts. Please speak to our team about any access needs you may have, you can also find accessibility information here.

Sensory Backpacks are available to borrow from reception. These multi-sensory backpacks will enhance your gallery experience and give you further ideas on how to explore and engage with stories together. Ear defenders are also available to borrow free of charge.



We’re very proud of our independent bookshop, recognised by The Bookseller’s Association as one of the best independent bookshops in the country. We have a fantastically wide range and choice, from baby and toddler picture books to young adult novels. Our specialist bookshop team are always on hand to help you find the perfect book for you!

You can visit our online shop here.


Bookshop Coffee Shop

Visit our bookshop coffee shop at any point during your visit for a hot drink and a sweet snack, with seating facilities available for short breaks from exploring!


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With FREE entry and a riverside view, our café is a great place to refuel during your visit! Tuck into splendid sarnies, ‘Supertato’ jacket tatties, fresh home-made soups and a delicious range of cakes and sweet treats baked by our story sellers, washed down with a Ringtons coffee or tea.

The kitchen is a nut-free area and we cater to a range of dietary requirements such as gluten/dairy intolerance and vegan/vegetarian diets. View our Menu. Baby facilities are available including high chairs, a buggy park and a microwave to warm baby food/bottles – we are a breastfeeding friendly environment.

Café Opening Times:

During Term Time:

Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am – 3.00pm

Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday  and Bank Holidays: 10.00am – 3.00pm

During Holiday Periods:

Monday to Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10.00am – 3.00pm

*Food service ends one hour before Cafe closing time.*

Hot drinks and snacks are available in our Bookshop Coffee Shop on Level 3 throughout the day.

Please Note: We politely request that you do not consume your own food or drink in the Seven Stories Café, our packed lunch space is available in The Word Lab on Level 1.



The Studio

Our studio is the perfect place for families to draw, paint, write, make, doodle and build together.

Making, doing and tinkering is essential in helping us to experiment, learn and have new ideas. The Seven Stories studio is the perfect place for young artists, budding writers and creative thinkers to explore, imagine, be inspired and have fun.  

We love to host exciting events with artists, illustrators and authors in our studio. Find our full programme in our What’s On calendar!

Please Note: The studio is open from 1.30pm on weekdays during term time to allow school groups to enjoy the space in the morning. Our creative craft activities are always available elsewhere in the building!


The Word Lab

Enjoy a picnic in the unique surroundings of our World Lab. Walls are covered with manuscripts from the Seven Stories Collection, showing how writers shape their ideas into our favourite stories.

Word Lab Availability

Weekdays during term time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Weekends and weekdays during holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Please Note: Hot drinks purchased from our cafe and coffee shop can only be consumed in those areas.