London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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
About
London Transport Museum, in the heart of Covent Garden, displays the very best of its extraordinary collection, looking at the past, present and future of London and its transport system. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters, original maps and signs are brought together to tell the story of London’s development and the part transport played in defining the unique identity of the city.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 6 min walk
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  • Robert D
    2,718 contributions
    Hidden London Tours
    For something unusual, go on a Hidden London Tour. During my week in London, I took three Hidden London Tours. We visited disused parts of Charing Cross and Shepherd's Bush stations and I also took the Secrets of Central London walking tour. The guides are full of information and take you to places that not many have seen. If you have an interest in transportation history, these tours are most worthwhile.
    Hi Robert, thanks for your five-star review! We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your Hidden London Tours.
    Written April 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,706 contributions
    Visit For a Year
    The London Transport Museum is located in the corner of Covent Garden. It is housed in one of the former markets and is a beautiful building with some stunning architecture. Within the museum are lots of former transport vehicles and some of them can be boarded. There are some old buses and Tube trains which give you an idea of what it must have been like to travel on a vehicle in bygone years. Sadly I can actually remember travelling on some of the Tube trains and I used to love hanging on the back of the Routemaster bus going down Oxford Street. No chance of that happening now! A ticket will get you in for a year which is good. We visited on a Saturday and it was packed with families. I will probably return at a later date during the week. Possibly a bit less busy. The gift shop is excellent and there are things to be bought depending on how deep your pocket is. Some of the things are a little pricey but this is unusual stuff. I may return and buy a scarf at a later date.
    Thanks for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the Museum and look forward to welcoming you again soon!
    Written April 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 3, 2023
  • Alex C
    1 contribution
    Down Street tour sublime (Bev probably best customer service rep ever!)
    I have been on over a dozen tour in London and nothing beats the Hidden London Down Street tour. It has history, intrigue, and everything you hope to have in a tour with good history content. The other ways the tour stand out include the way it's conducted. With two different guides who alternate in their speaking roles, they made sure that the story flows and remains engaging while making sure that the group gets to take turns in standing in the front. Logistically/operationally, I have simply not seen a better organized walking tour. Finally, I really have to give a shout out to customer rep Bev at the London Transport Museum who went on the tour with us. She helped us get to our tour, and went above and beyond to make sure that we do not miss our next show by walking us with a torch to the exit and hurrying back to the rest of the group. Also, she made London feel very welcoming. Bravo Bev!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • BirdBrain86
    Somerset, United Kingdom32 contributions
    London Transport Museum
    We visited on a Sunday afternoon with 2 young children (6 and 1). It had a lot of interactive displays and exhibits, including some old vehicles you could board. The ones that you couldn't (due to age and risk of damage) were in such a position that you could see in and around really clearly. We spent a good few hours here and really enjoyed it. We don't live in London, and maybe visit twice a year but you can return again within 12 months using your same ticket, which is a bonus. We will definitely return! There are many reviews that complain about the volume of young children ruining their experience. There are children's play areas and some exhibits aimed at very young children, but a majority is suited to older children and adults. We would have still enjoyed this visit if we went without children. We highly recommend a visit, and it is conveniently situated in Covent Garden.
    Thanks for your visit and fantastic review! We are glad you enjoyed the Museum and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
    Written April 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Ian S
    Kettering, United Kingdom830 contributions
    A little confusing
    It’s an interesting place for those interested in the development of transport in London and there is a lot to see. Sadly it is hard to navigate round and I’m still not sure we saw everything. You wander around and are never sure whether there is a right or wrong way. Staff are good and the shop is worth a visit. We went on a Saturday and it was very busy with lots of children so hard to get close to some exhibits.
    Thanks for your visit and review! If you found the Museum a bit busy, we would recommend visiting in the afternoon as this tends to be a quieter time. The Museum is open till 18:00 every day and your ticket is valid for one year. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
    Written April 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Bev O'Connell
    Brixham, United Kingdom155 contributions
    Aldwych/Strand Station
    Joined the tour of Aldwych/Strand station. Excellent and informative tour of the disused station. There were 3 staff on the tour with mainly 2 of them giving the chat. Be warned there are 160 stairs going down and 160 very long stairs coming back up! Fascinating history of how the station was used during the Second World War together in the later years being used to trial various designs of tiling and equipment before rolling out across the network. A great 75 minutes spent on a Wednesday evening.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Steve D
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom290 contributions
    Charing Cross Hidden London tour – good but well over priced.
    We weren’t sure what to expect when we booked this, but were looking for something different to do in London so gave it go. We enjoyed the tour and thought it was pretty interesting especially the way it was linked to the movies that had filmed on the tube, including Skyfall. But for £44 a person we thought we might have seen a bit of more than we did as you basically see 3 things, some of the un-unused platforms and escalators an unused tunnel and a ventilation shaft, so we felt an additional activity or 2 would have made the tour more complete. The tour does offer ½ price tickets to the museum, which we went to see, but this was overrun with kids we’d had enough after an hour. Overall, a decent tour, but should be £30 including the museum, rather than the £56 combined price per person we paid.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Your feedback is very important to the development of our activities.
    Written August 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Dermaspa106
    6 contributions
    Can't wait to go back!
    We stayed in some very simple apartments in South Kensington. The Glouchester tube station was very close. Navigating the tube took a bit of learning, but overall, it was great. I got a 3 day London pass and used that to see quite a bit to see the attractions.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Just to note this has come through to the Transport Museum.
    Written August 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Paolo88_12
    Gillingham, United Kingdom303 contributions
    Charing Cross Hidden Tour
    Got given this hidden tour of Charing Cross as a birthday gift having watched the TV programme “Secrets of the London Underground” This was our first tour, it was very interesting to see different aspects of the underground that are either in use (air vents) or not in use (disused platforms and how the TFL rent them out) The guides were very insightful, useful information and facts and mindful of the attendees. Looking forward to attend other tours. Also hoping to use the discount on offer for the Transport Museum.
    Thank you so much for your review and for taking the time to share your thoughts. Looking forward to having you at the other tours we have.
    Written August 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Checkers2
    109 contributions
    Nicely expanded and improved. Good restrooms, cafe,gift shop as well.
    It's been a few years since my last visit. Much improved displays and very well laid out for accessibility. (Baby stroller day the Saturday morning I attended but still room to walk and enter exhibits). Gift shop and cafe have been expanded, also. Both were well staffed and provided friendly suggestions. Kudos also for easy access restrooms! Location is part of a corner of Covent Garden so plenty to see after touring the museum. All ages can enjoy a visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 6, 2023
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Feb 2024 • Couples
I found the museum a bit underwhelming. No option for a day ticket had to purchase an annual pass which was a bit expensive at £24 each. I would say this place is for families with young kids. It was the Saturday of half term when I visited - that was a mistake! Kids running wild everywhere. No space at tables to have a coffee as there were families camped out for the day with pre-packed lunches. I found it a bit boring to be honest. Saw the whole place in around 40 minutes and couldn’t wait to leave as it was so noisy. Lovely eldery gentlemen seemed to be working as volunteers was the best bit.
Written February 27, 2024
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Conor F
London, UK7 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
A great museum the only downside is it’s extremely small and a tad expensive for the experience you get but all in all it’s a good little museum
Written February 25, 2024
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acs1984
Cockermouth, UK1,649 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We hadn't booked so had to queue but we only had about a 10 minute wait. We had a voucher entitling us to 2 for 1 tickets because we had travelled by train. The lady on the counter was very thorough and wanted to see our train tickets which is understandable but her manner was a bit unfriendly and standoffish. All other staff members encountered were friendly and helpful. We came to the transport museum straight after arriving by train to London so we had our suitcase with us. Because of this security wanted to look in it. Luckily they just wanted us to open it up and not search it otherwise I'd have been a bit embarrassed by them taking our clothes and underwear out since the area was not private. Weirdly though they didn't want to look in our holdall. There was a free cloakroom where we could check in our luggage which was good as it meant we didn't have to lug our case around the museum. The museum is quite extensive, set over a number of floors. There was plenty to see and do, but it was so busy that there were huge queues for the interactive exhibits. Our daughter enjoyed looking for the stamp points so that she could stamp her card. A few weren't working but we were able to complete the card at the customer services point. We had a good time in the museum but pleased we had a two for one voucher otherwise I'd have found it expensive. it was also a bit too busy for my liking. Children are free however so that was good. Really good gift shop.
Written February 21, 2024
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ChrissieWilliams81
Wyong Creek, Australia524 contributions
This is probably my favourite London museum. You rise to the top floor and step back in time.

You go from walking transport, steam trains and all the way up to today and even the future.

You can climb aboard different types of transport and there are loads of interactive exhibits.

You can drive a tube train too!

The poster exhibit was brilliant and you get to see the thought and planning that goes into each and every poster.

A huge highlight is the shop. It’s got everything you could possibly want. I loved the tube line distance merchandise and the Elizabeth line merchandise.

Staff are helpful and kind. Can’t wait to return.
Written February 20, 2024
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We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon!
Written February 21, 2024
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The traveller
15 contributions
Museum is interesting but a but boring. Price is very high. Fout go on days when childeren are free if you want a quiet visit.
Written February 18, 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. All proceeds from our entry prices go back into supporting the Museum and its charitable aims. We hope to see you again soon.
Written February 21, 2024
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Petra F
Munich, Germany9,213 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Discrimination against tourists! They ONLY offer a yearly pass for GBP 24, which is sort of pricey. There are NO single tickets.
Written February 5, 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. London Transport Museum is a registered charity. We receive no government funding. Income from ticket sales goes directly towards the care and maintenance of our extensive collection. It also supports the development and delivery of our varied programmes for families, schools and adults. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written February 21, 2024
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Luke
Port Talbot, UK42 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had the coolest experience exploring the hidden secrets of Charing Cross Station at the London Transport Museum Hidden London tour! Peeked behind locked doors, walked forgotten platforms, and even saw filming locations from Skyfall & Paddington! If you're looking for something unique and off the beaten path in London, this tour is a must! Highly recommend!
Written January 29, 2024
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We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your Hidden London tour! We hope to see you at the Museum or on another tour again soon!
Written February 21, 2024
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Traveller Kate 8
Copenhagen, Denmark265 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Bought an "annual pass" the last time I was in London, and foolishly thought that meant I could stop by for a brief viewing whenever I pleased for the year ahead.

That's not the case: you also need to pre-book an entrance time online. Your annual pass means nothing without it, and they wouldn't let me in.

Kind of a shame, because this is a very big museum full of screaming, happy children. Being able to stop in for 45 minutes or an hour from time to time would be a nice way to enjoy its very good exhibits in limited doses.
Written January 28, 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We have noted your feedback regarding ad hoc visits and will pass it on to the relevant teams for future planning. We hope to see you again soon.
Written February 21, 2024
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Spinkyminky
Nottingham, UK709 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
I read the reviews before going and we went on a Thursday afternoon during school time the place was packed with younger kids running all over the place considering it was in school time I thought it would be a little quieter but no there were very few seats available as they were taken up by family’s who had dumped all there stuff and then gone off to explore

a lot of people seemed like they came a lot and possibly see it as more of a playground offering as you can come back as many times as you like for free. We liked looking at the exhibitions our son got a bit overwhelmed with it all so we only stayed for 45 mins which was a shame as there were a couple of older gentlemen who were showing the kids old day bus tickets and they seemed really lovely we will go back but I would echo what others have said great museum but far to many little kids running around who don’t actually care that it’s a museum because there little kids.
Written January 25, 2024
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Hello and thank you for your feedback. If you found the Museum a bit busy, we would recommend visiting in the morning as this tends to be a quieter time to visit. The Museum is open till 18:00 every day and your ticket is valid for one year. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written February 21, 2024
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Stardoe
Dubbo68 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We used our London Pass to enter and receive a receipt ticket. This attraction has one of the better cafes/restaurants with sit down table service and substantial meals. We planned to spend a morning, but it took longer and we had to cut our visit short in order to be at an afternoon tour elsewhere. The ticket does allow you to reenter the museum on the same day, which we planned to do, but ran out of time. I would suggest a morning, then lunch at the cafe and finishing in the afternoon. A great walk through the history of transport in London. Amazing stories! Great for a quick visit with children, or a few hours for adults who like to read all the interesting information on the diplays. Well worth the visit.
Written January 21, 2024
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We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon!
Written February 21, 2024
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