London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum: Hours, Address, London Transport Museum Reviews: 4/5

London Transport Museum
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Speciality Museums • History 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.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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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Tom (wattblog)
Liverpool, UK93 contributions
Great experience, poor booking process
Nov 2021
Visited here with my boyfriend in November 2021 as I am a big fan of the London Underground and transport generally.

First thing I would say, and is perhaps the only 'negative' about my experience with the LTM, would be the booking process. I get that it is probably due to COVID procedures, but I found the booking process very confusing. You book however many tickets you need (access passes) which give you unlimited access to the museum for one year, however you then have to book a specific time slot, which doesn't seem that complicated I suppose but the website, in my opinion, didn't explain it very well.

With that 'negative' out of the way I have to say our experience when actually at the museum was great. Easy to find being in Covent Garden and, whilst there was a queue, the check-in process was relatively straightforward.

The exhibits were really well set out, with lots of interesting information and I liked how the museum essentially took you on a trip through time, starting with the foundations of transport in London and progressing to modern day as you moved around. We are both in our mid-20s but I think this is a place for all ages, good accessibility and good for children.

All in all, would definitely recommend this museum as somewhere to visit on a trip to London, would have been a 5* review but the convoluted booking process just marks it down slightly for me.
Written December 7, 2021
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Steve
London, UK665 contributions
Brilliant, especially for kids
Oct 2021
We visited with my 7 year old nephew and he loved all the interactive features the museum has to offer. There is enough to keep the adults entertained too although it is a slight shame that you cannot get on some of the exhibits at present.
Written December 2, 2021
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Hi Steven, thanks for visiting us and for your five-star review. We hope to welcome you again soon.
Written December 7, 2021
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RuthyGlasgow
Glasgow578 contributions
Surprisingly good
Nov 2021
We paid for the tickets to the London Transport Museum just really to kill some time, thought it a bit expensive but we actually really enjoyed it all with all the history about the Underground, buses, trains etc. Very interesting and would advise to go.
Written December 1, 2021
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Hi Ruthy, thanks for the five-star review. Glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written December 1, 2021
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jack37849
Weston super Mare, UK15 contributions
Worth a visit
Nov 2021 • Couples
Visited on Saturday. There is lots of interesting exhibits and enjoyed seeing all the old vehicles. Such a shame that you could not enter any of them. Felt like the museum could be more structured as could easily get mixed up in different era’s. As for the price, it was reasonable considering you can visit again within a year. Can tell the staff work hard to keep it clean and they were really friendly.
Written November 22, 2021
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Hi Jack, thanks for your visit and for leaving a review. Due to Covid measures we are unable to give access to our heritage vehicles as they would be damaged by the strong cleaning products we use elsewhere to keep the Museum safe and clean for our visitors and staff. We hope you can visit us again using your annual pass when more of our exhibits are fully accessible. Thanks.
Written November 24, 2021
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Aidan M
Sheffield, UK3 contributions
Underwhelming
Nov 2021
Visited on Saturday 19 November 2021, as I had some time to fill before I could check-in to my hotel nearby. I have a bit of an interest in transport (mainly trains), so thought I would really enjoy this.

Entrance for an adult is £18.50, which I think is very expensive for what you get. I understand London is generally expensive, and they probably don't receive government funding like many of the other museums, but I think this is too much.

The museum is not actually that big. Upon entry you take a lift to the second floor, where there are a series of wall displays telling you about London's past. It's good content, but feels a bit one dimensional - nothing really brings the story to life. It is just a series of pictures with blocks of texts, interspersed with objects. Moving down to the first floor, there are a series of train carriages and information about the history of London's railways. I enjoyed this the most, but again, it was just a series of displays on the wall. You then go down to the ground floor, where there is more on the tube, the buses and the trams. This area is a bit more hands-on, with real buses and trams, but again the presentation is not that interaction or animated.

I would also agree with other reviews on here, that there were an awful lot of children screaming and running around. I absolutely agree that young people should visit and enjoy museums, but on this occasion, this seemed to be preventing others from enjoying it, too. For example, in the section on the history of design in TfL, a projector was displaying images on the floor. Loads of kids were running around chasing the projections, which meant they were running into people trying to look at the displays.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment, especially considering the price. If it was about £10-12 per adult, or if it was larger and more interactive, I would probably say otherwise.

If you are a fan of the history of transport, and you had perhaps visited the National Railway Museum in York, or the National Tramway Museum in Derbyshire, you would probably be disappointed by this one. Also, in London there are about a million museums (slight exaggeration but you get the point), many of which are free, and the majority are much more enjoyable than here.
Written November 20, 2021
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Hello Aidan, thanks for your visit and review. The Museum is housed in a Grade II listed building so we are able to display the highlights of our extensive collection, including an Omnibus and horse-drawn bus on the second floor, a steam locomotive and two Underground trains on the first floor. Your ticket is valid for a year from purchase allowing multiple visits. We recommend visiting in the afternoon when our galleries tend to be quieter. As you say, we are an education and heritage charity with no government funding so all income from ticket sales go towards caring for our collection and delivering our programmes for schools, young people and adults. Thanks.
Written November 24, 2021
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The Cooks Do it on a Budget
Jerusalem, Israel67 contributions
Geared more for kids than adults, but we didn't mind!
Nov 2021
The museum is a fun little place to take kids if you have them. We don't but still enjoyed learning about the history of London's PubTransit system. The displays are well kept, and there is something here for everyone. The price was fair, and allows entry for a year. Located in Covent Garden, so there is plenty near by as well if this isn't your thing.
Written November 20, 2021
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Thanks for visiting us and for the five-star review!
Written November 24, 2021
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Janet66
St Helens, England66 contributions
Playground
Nov 2021 • Couples
We visited on a Friday morning and were unaware of the children's story time. The entry price was £35 for an adult and a senior, which is expensive for what it is.
You are not allowed on any of the vehicles, however you can still touch the moving exhibits, which i don't understand. I appreciate that they can't use chemicals on delicate fabric but they could let people walk through them.
We only spent an hour in there, 20 minutes sat down due to my husbands recent knee replacement. We didn't even bother with the buses as there were loads of screaming children running round.
Had we known what little there was to see we would not have bothered. May be good for someone who has a interest but i wouldn't bother. If you do decide to go, make sure you check if you don't want to be surrounded by kids. The Imperial War Museum is much more interesting....and it's free.
Written November 20, 2021
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Hello Janet, thanks for visiting us and for your feedback. Your tickets are valid for a year so we'd recommend that you visit us again in the afternoon when our galleries tend to be quieter. As an education and heritage charity with no government funding, all income from ticket sales go towards caring for our collection and delivering our programmes for schools, young people and adults. Thanks.
Written November 24, 2021
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Mrs T
1 contribution
Didn't enjoy it
Nov 2021 • Family
Very expensive really for what it is. Children's play area poor. In the toolbox was a hammer and banana. Cafe closed at 3pm so no drinks. Half the buttons for interaction didn't work. Wish we hadn't paid the £19 in each
Written November 5, 2021
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Hi there, we are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit and that some of our interactive displays weren't working when you visited. Your tickets are valid for a year, so you could visit and try our interactive displays again, as well as exploring changing displays and exhibitions. Many thanks.
Written November 15, 2021
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Tracy-Leon B
Frittenden, null, United Kingdom15 contributions
Old wheels & jellied ells
Oct 2021
The museum is full of very interesting exhibits, that are really well displayed, keeping you interested all the way around. A must for the youngsters with plenty of educational things to keep them occupied on their visit of this super part of London's transport history.
Written October 31, 2021
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Hi Tracy, many thanks for visiting us and for the five-star review.
Written November 15, 2021
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Sam M
Cheadle, UK32 contributions
Amazing!!!
Oct 2021 • Family
Amazing museum! I love the Tube and so I was very interested in the history of it. The displays are very good and has amazing facts. They have a train simulator on the ground floor, but it takes a long time to do, so the queue can be quite big. Would recommend. Also the shop is great, where you can by pillows with the seat cover patterns and other souvenirs.
Written October 29, 2021
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Hi Sam, thanks for the five-star review. Glad to hear you enjoyed our displays and the shop. We would recommend visiting in the afternoon when the Museum tends to be quieter. Hope to welcome you again soon.
Written November 15, 2021
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