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, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BB, UK

Phone: 020 7379 6344

Official Website: London Transport Museum

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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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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5London Transport Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of my favourite museums in London. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and, whilst it is now slightly less amazing to pretend to drive a bus, it is even more incredible to see such fine exhibits of public history. I particularly enjoy the classic travel posters and insight into the historical design of logos and maps. The shop is also not to be missed, particularly if you want items in the resplendent Piccadilly Line seat patterns!

Anthony Maher - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Great family day out! Children go free. Adult tickets aren’t cheap but are valid for a year after your visit. Well laid out with many interactive exhibits and displays. A great mix for kids and adults alike. Great gift shop and it convent garden location means it’s got great food options just around the corner.

John Kearns - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating A truly excellent museum. You may not have a particular interest in transport, but the museum is so engaging and well structured that it doesn't matter. The best part is easily the many carriages and vehicles you can enter, to experience and appreciate the history. The interactive and informative displays are genuinely interesting and tell the social history of London through its roadways, bridges, waterways and of course railways. There's something for everyone- art on the Underground, an exhibit on the tube at war, kids learning and play zones, an amazing shop and even a neat little cafe. Don't miss it!

Matthew Plato - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Great visit for the whole family. It's not a whole day out, you'll spend 2-3hrs maximum as the place is not huge, but it is packed with London's transport history which is very very interesting. The price of admission gets you access for a whole year, so I'll definitely be bringing my 4 year old back here, he loved it. It's a pity that there was no exhibitions on, the previous one had closed and the next one hadn't started yet. Still definitely worth a visit!

Jarrod Hunt - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Visited during the Christmas period. A great place to visit with the kids. Very helpful and friendly staff. Loads of history to learn, not only for the kids but also adults. Neat and clean environment; all the floors well kept. Almost every 5 minutes one could see a couple of cleaners going around cleaning the floors. Toilets are clean in spite of so many visitors. They are well looked after! Nice cafe, though not enough seats. Kids would always enjoy eating here and mingling with other kids! Good location. Quite close to the underground. And with so many shops around, even after your visit window shopping continues.....😁

fm O - 1 month ago

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