Aldwych Tube Station
Aldwych Tube Station
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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The area
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Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Temple • 2 min walk
  • Covent Garden • 8 min walk
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Birmingham86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was fascinating. Very atmospheric, and a chance to see what so few people have and yet which played such an important part on British history. The guides (Paul and Paul) were very knowledgeable and friendly and put auditory effects to excellent use. The stairs do take a bit of climbing back up (around 130 of them) but nobody rushes you and it was entirely do-able even by someone not that fit. Even on a very hot summer day (30 degrees) the platforms were pretty chilly so take a jacket. We learned loads, however, and the wow factor of standing in an Edwardian station is real.
Written June 11, 2023
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Colhunt
Cramlington, UK147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Booked this visit as a present for my son's birthday and it was a very good experience. We only went to London for the day to attend this and we were not disappointed. The tour is very informative and the information is well delivered by Simon and Tommy. The history of the underground and in particular this station keeps you interested from the start. The tour lasts about 75 minutes and be warned there are 163 steps up and down to tackle so you might get out of breath. Remember also to take Photo I.D. as i forgot mine but was eventually allowed to continue after proving my identity. My son and I both really enjoyed this tour and it was well worth travelling the length of the country to take part. I am sure that in the future we will look at other hidden London trips. Thanks again to Simon and Tommy
Written November 24, 2022
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caz k
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I was really looking forward to this tour after seeing the pictures on the London Transport Museum website, all those dark tunnels and even an old tube train in the tunnel. Unfortunatly it was nothing like the photos and i felt very disappointed. Certainly wasnt worth the £44 entrance fee.
Written November 26, 2022
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Hidden London Aldwych tube tour is one of the best (now attended 6), from the front entrance to the disused tunnels, fake posters and interconnecting door between customer elevators, its a sheer treat
Written August 27, 2022
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Paul R
194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Being a great fan of railways, history, things that go unnoticed - the last minute chance to see the place was a dream come true.

There was a group of about twenty people and we were accompanied by two guides with plenty of information.

You go inside and immediately get the feeling of the past and the eery sense of history. You could also smell the dampness and stale air signifying how long it's been since it was used properly.

Taken down the old stairs to the platform we were greeted by an original 1972 tube train in fully working order (a bit scruffy though)

Getting the chance to look around areas rarely seen by the public as some were never even opened to the eye.

Creepy tunnels, dim lights, stalactites and even mud in some places.

Please, if it's your thing and you get the opportunity to go, snatch it while you can!

Written October 10, 2015
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thegrumpyoldgit
Southampton, UK163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
The visit here requires careful planning and a deal of luck as the place only opens at irregular intervals and sells out really fast! The ticket office area is well preserved and the 139 steps leading down to the platforms must be used as the liftshaft does not operate anymore. There's an 'abandoned' 1970s design tube train halfway out of the tunnel which can also be boarded and explored. Many films have featured this disused station - including Superman IV, Atonement and more recently, Sherlock. As an ex naughty boy underground railway explorer, this place really set my heart pounding with excitement!
Written October 7, 2015
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bea_lansbury
London, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
I was lucky enough to get tickets for this from my partner for Christmas as I am self-confessed Tube nerd!

The tours are only ran a few times a year and demand is high, so make sure you are on the mailing list.

The first thing I would say is where flat shoes. It does state in the Terms and Conditions when you buy the tickets, that "no heels" are allowed, however avoid the grey area and just wear flat shoes. You will save yourself a lot of time and won't find yourself debating that a Cuban heel is not a heel and ultimately having to wear sand shoes like the kid who forgot their PE kit, as I witnessed first hand.

The second thing I would say is there are a lot of stairs. Part of the reason this unprofitable station was closed in the first place was that the lifts needed to be replaced, so you now have to walk down the 130+ stairs to access the platforms - of course you then have to walk back up these which is the real matter!

There's not much I can say about the station, so invite you to look at the pictures. As you will probably know, a lot of filming takes place here, including "V for Vendetta" and "Sherlock" and many museum artifacts were stored down there during the war, but I don't want to spoil it all for you, so get online and try and get tickets!
Written February 16, 2015
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Jake Coare
United Kingdom59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I had wanted the tour for years, the tour guides and staff know so much and they answered every question I asked, the station is in good condition. I highly recommend taking the tour
Written November 3, 2019
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868valerie10
London, United Kingdom37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
A guided tour through a disused London Underground station.Book a ticket as soon as you see tours advertised they go very quickly. It was a great experience. The booking hall was beautiful, lovely old tiles and woodwork, Even the air vents above the lift doors were decorated.The stairs were many and the platforms spooky, we could get down to track level and hear stories of ghosts and film stars from the tour guides, who were wonderfulSo if you think you can manage the stairs, we were told there were more to climb up than there were to get down, adn it felt that way, go for it
Written February 14, 2015
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BugAdvisor
Prague, Czech Republic345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
There are a number of disused Underground stations in London. Aldwych/Strand is the only one, that I’m aware of, that offers escorted tours. These tours don’t happen very often and sell out within 24 hours of being posted on the London Transport Museum website. I was lucky enough to be able to purchase two tickets.

The station first opened in 1907 as Strand. Then in 1915 was renamed Aldwych as the nearest Northern Line station (Charing Cross) was renamed as Strand. Strand/Charing Cross was renamed back to Charing Cross in 1979.

Aldwych station was never on a through main line, but was a spur that connected to Holborn. Passenger numbers were never high as it was just as easy to walk to other nearby stations. When the lift (elevator) became end of life, it was decided that it wasn’t worth the investment to install new machinery and the station was closed in 1994.

Our ticket leaflet said we should meet at the junction of Strand and Surrey Street 15 minutes before the tour time (20:30). When we arrived there was already a line of people in a makeshift line. Tour leaders arrived and checked we had suitable footwear – apparently if there is a fire, you have to make your way down the tunnels to Holborn!

We were lead into the station and told some history before descending the 160 steps to platform level. The first platform we visited had a 1972 Northern Line train parked and covered in dust. The platform had an Aldwych sign and some wartime posters – all in good condition because these had been put up for a movie.

The second platform was just as it was when closed in 1994. There were interesting posters; one recommending that the UK join the Common Market (EU) and another for BEA – the forerunner to British Airways.

We were told stories about how the station was used as a wartime shelter, not just for people, but also for National Gallery pictures, items from Buckingham Palace and also the Elgin Marbles.

Soon we had to climb back up. We were shown the now defunct lift and how passengers could be evacuated via connecting door into the neighbouring lift.
Written February 11, 2015
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