London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum preserves the fascinating history of transportation in London

Displays inside the London Transport Museum
Displays inside the London Transport Museum cc licensed photo by Ian Muttoo

Located in Covent Garden, the London Transportation Museum is a must see, especially for anyone interested in the history of transportation. In fact you may be pleasantly surprised at just how interesting a museum it is. London has a facsinating transportation history including introducing the first underground rail system in the world.

The museum has occupied its current premises, a former Victorian period fruit and flower market constructed with glass panels in an iron framework since 1980 and was closed from 2005 to 2007 for a major renovation and upgrades.

Inside the museum you will find a variety of rail vehicles, buses, trams, trolley buses and cars dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries along with many exhibits and artifacts illustrating and explaining the fascinating history, development and operation of London's transportation network and its influence on the city. There are a number of interactive displays and films, many of which will be a big hit with the kids. You can even try your hand at operating a London Underground train on Underground simulator.

The London Transportation Museum is open daily from 10 am (11 am on Fridays) until 6 pm.

For more information about the London Transport Museum as well as exhibitions and hours visit their official website link below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: London WC2E 7BB, UK

Phone: 0343 222 5000

Official Website: London Transport Museum

Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great museum with some really interesting and nostalgic exhibits. Covers the first underground trains and early buses up until modern times.....Not a big museum but very interesting content, spent 3 hours going round. Buy tickets online for timed entry and ability to go back for following 12 months.
Christopher Witt - a month ago

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3 Star Rating Not a bad museum but struggles to compete with the other London museums, especially as you have to pay to enter the transport museum. There is a reasonable collection of exhibits with the highlights for my kids being some old busses and train carriages you can sit in. That’s kinda it though. It’s basically all in one room on with a couple of balcony levels. Takes about an hour to see it all. Quite of few of the interactive exhibits were out of order. Overall quite interesting to visit once but not someone you’d want to go back to.
Chris Gledhill - a month ago

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4 Star Rating If i am being 100% honest everything about the museum was pretty and i loved seeing all the trains but the layout of this entire museum was kinda confusing and a bit messy. The trains were so cute though and we took lots of cool photos inside of the trains and its evolution!
MIMI B - a month ago

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4 Star Rating I have been meaning to go for a few years but finally managed to get in. Was surprised how big the Museum was and the sheer amount of items they have. Signage was a bit iffy in places hence only 4 stars but well worth a visit.
David Lewis - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Brilliant museum, especially for children! Lots of activities to keep the busy as well as a large coffee area to get snacks or drinks. Do allow for at least 3 hours, especially if with children! Had a great day here,
Ioana Costea - 3 weeks ago

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Piccadilly LineCovent Garden5 MInutes
Northern and Bakerloo LinesCharing Cross9 MInutes
Central LineHolborn12 Minutes

How to get to London Transport Museum by Tube

From Covent Garden Station go right (south) on James St., then left on King Street and right on Covent Garden. The museum is just ahead on your left.

From Charing Cross Station exit onto Strand and go right (east), then left on Bedford St, then right on Henrietta St. The museum is straight ahead at the end of Henrietta St.

From Holborn Station exit onto Kingway and go left (south), then right on Kemble St. continuing as it becomes Russell Street until you get to Covent Garden. The museum is just around the corner to your left.

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