Only a few cities in the world, including London, can boast of the world-famous transport system. Popular phrases such as “Mind The Gap,” as well as metro maps on numerous mugs, towels, and other London souvenirs, indicated that a museum would soon open in the UK capital, focusing on transport.
And so it happened. The London Transport Museum has existed since the 1920's and has more than 450 000 exhibits covering the 200 years of the history of the development of the local transportation system. Walking through the galleries, visitors can learn more about the connection between the growth of modern London and its world-famous transport network. The exposition is not limited only to historical exhibits, as it also covers the concepts of modern and even futuristic transport.
Exposition of the museum
The museum is located on two floors. The first shows the most interesting exhibits, including one of the earliest wooden subway cars. On the second floor, visitors can see many transport artifacts and learn more about the construction of the first passenger railway in London, dating from the 1883 year (lasting from the London Bridge to Greenwich).
Interesting fact! Even the entrance to the building is a landmark, as visitors are welcomed by audiovisual recordings of the transport system from around the world (for example, New York, New Delhi, Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai and, of course, London). There is also a library (located at 39 Wellington Street) and exhibits telling the story of the famous London Underground logo designed by Frank Peak.
Younger visitors will especially enjoy the All Aboard gaming area, which boasts a variety of different miniature vehicles. Children can also repair a small train, sail to the Temps Nipper and play musical instruments in specially equipped entertainment venues.
Other popular exhibits are:
- Horse Omnibus (circa 1805)
- Original metro map (designed by Harry Back)
- Wooden railway carriage "Bogie Stock"
- Sedan Seat (London's first licensed public transport)
- First underground steam engine
- Historic London Transport Posters by Graham Sutherland, Abram Games and Ivon Hitchens
- 17 GBP for adults (or 16 GBP online)
- 14,5 GBP for seniors and students (or 13,5 GBP on the Internet)
- 12,5 GBP for groups of ten or more adults
- 11 GBP for groups of ten or more high school students / students
- For children and adolescents under the age of 18 years - admission is free
By purchasing a ticket, you can get an unlimited daily pass to all galleries and exhibitions for 12 months.
The cost of parking the car in the museum is 440 GBP per hour (while not more than 4 hours).
Where is the transport museum
It was originally located in the old bus garage in Clapham and showed off two Victorian horse-drawn buses, as well as an early motorbike. Over time, the museum expanded and eventually moved into the Victorian Flower Market building, which is located in the historic Covent Garden area. Then it was the Museum of British Transport, but soon it was renamed the London Museum of Transport.
Address: Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB, United Kingdom.
- Metro: The nearest stations are Covent Garden (a two-minute walk) or Leicester Square (nine minutes).
- By train: Charing Cross Station is an 8 minute walk, and Waterloo can be reached in an 16 minute.
- By bus: Routes: RV1, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23 and 139.
London Transport Museum open:
- From 10: 00 to 18: 00 - from Monday to Thursday, as well as Saturday and Sunday (last admission to 17: 15);
- From 11: 00 to 18: 00 - on Fridays (last tolerance to 17: 15)
- If you want to take the MBNA Thames Clippers ferry, then you can save up to 20% by combining your ticket with the London Transport Museum.
- Remember to visit Covent Garden markets that run until 20: 00 daily (Sunday - until 18: 00).
- If you do not like noisy children, then try to avoid visiting the museum on weekdays when it is full of students.
- Before visiting, be sure to download the London Transport Museum app. It provides visitors with additional information about galleries and exhibitions, as well as a calendar of events and special offers.