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. This museum does have an admission charge, however admission is free with the London Pass.

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

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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: Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB, UK

Phone: 020 7379 6344

Official Website: London Transport Museum

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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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5London Transport Museum Star Rating

4 Star Rating Great place if you want to learn everything about London transport from the beginning to now. Ticket valid for 12 months... My son is autistic and loves the new train simulator.

Eric Lafoy - 20 hours ago

4 Star Rating Conveniently situated at Covent Garden. A good range of exhibits and interactive displays. Some of the vehicles can be boarded. Good quality cafe but seating area inadequate. £15 for concessions was a bit much. They say you can go back as often as you want in a year, but I don't think the exhibits change, so why would you want to go back?

Christine B - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating The museum is amazing and has come on in leaps and bounds since I was last here some 20 odd yrs ago! Plenty for children of all sizes to see and do, the stamp trail is great for children and kept my 6yr old entertained as did the play area with buses and trains aplenty. Santa was a lovely addition (Dec visit!) Can't wait to use our annual pass as we will definitely be back soon!

Melanie Martin - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Such a lovely place. My car and train obsessed boys absolutely loved it (other than the slightly creepy mannequins staged in some vehicles) the play areas are wonderful, different to anything they've played on before and well thought out and interesting. While the initial ticket price can be a little expensive it was definitely worth it and can be used for a whole year

Tatty Natty - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating So well curated! Especially good for children and the "friends" contribute their knowledge and help too. Great staff! This visit I really enjoyed the Poster Girls exhibition, of posters by women artists. Great to see the war bus there this time.

Melvyn Ede - 1 month ago

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Slideshow of the many interesting exhibits inside the museum

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