London Transport Museum

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Among the vehicles on display at the London Transport Museum is the first underground electric train, which had no windows because there was nothing to see underground. The trouble was that no one could tell which stop they were at, a glitch resolved by employing an athletic announcer who ran to each carriage at every station, shouting out the stops. Dating from 1890, this is one of several museum exhibits you can board. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver's cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms – (truth be told, it's fun for adults, too).

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Venue name: London Transport Museum
Contact:
Address: Covent Garden Piazza
London
WC2E 7BB
Opening hours: Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm); Fri 11am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: £16, £13.50 concs, under-18s free; tickets valid for one year

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Sara S

I took a 9 and a 7 year old and we had a lot of fun and really enjoyed this museum. Very hands on and interactive. Recommended!

Victoria A

Lovely to see some of the old transport in London. the display of the trams and the horse drawn carriages were lovely.

Flozz 1

This is a fantastic museum to take young children. I took my godson (age 5) and he was entertained by this museum for at least an hour and a half. Free entry for children under 16 I think is very fair, especially considering the location.  

Vicky

It is really lovely to look at some of the old London transport system. I really enjoy the visit. Lots of lovely of lovely exhibits.

Wendy

In this museum (in a very central location) you get an idea of London's (public) transport and how it has evolved over the many years. What I found particularly fun where the old tube carriages! As a Londoner, using the underground system daily, I really did wonder if the old carriages weren't more spacious than the ones we use today! You can get a 'stamp card' (I think its aimed at kids - but no less fun for adults!) and go around the museum getting a stamp at the different 'stations' / interesting points inside the museum. The evolution of the tube map is impressive! Going up and down the old buses is fun! :) Go check it out! (your ticket is valid for 1 year - great for Londoners, not so much for tourists..)