As per my previous post, once I had explored the inside of the Horniman Museum, I then proceeded outside to the gardens. I’m very glad that I took a walk around, even though the rain was absolutely horrendous, because not only did I see this lovely Grade II listed Victorian conservatory which was originally at the Horniman’s house in Croydon…
…and this bandstand, which was built in 1903…
…but I also wandered through what were some quite lovely gardens, that even the rain couldn’t diminish.
I also went through the Animal Walk, which I had no idea was part of the gardens until I spotted it on a sign as I walked by the bandstand. Its purpose is to further enhance Horniman’s wish for an outside space that linked in with his collections. Naturally the rain meant that most of the animals were sheltering, but not the alpacas that, though they were absolutely sodden, seemed perfectly happy to stay where they were.
Of special interest is the recent addition of the baby alpaca which you can see here, wrapped up warm in a coat!
Despite atrocious weather this was a really interesting way to spend a morning and the addition of live animals was an unexpected bonus.
You can find many more photos of my visit here.