London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza
London WC2E 7BB, England
London Transport Museum Description
"This is so cool," said one 8-year-old, transported back in time as she walked through the London Transport Museum, climbed on old busses, railway cars, and trams, and collected hole punches for a scavenger hunt booklet given to kids when they enter the museum. Learn about the foul air in the 19th-century subways and the 1,000 tons of horse dung that littered London's streets when the animals pulled everything from carriages to ominbuses. Full of interactive kid-height exhibits and fascinating history of London for adults, this spacious museum one of the city's best for children.
Babies: All the bathrooms, including a handicapped toilet and baby changing facilities, are on the ground floor.
Toddlers & Pre-K: There's an "All Aboard Exploration Zone" for children younger than 6 situated near the picnic area. It features drawings by Guardian cartoonist Steven Appleby and has miniature transport icons — a bus, tube train, and London taxi and river boat — for children to play on and a giant play table to make imaginary journeys among some of London's famous sights.
School-Age Kids: Don't miss "Interchange," an interactive game area where kids can build their own vehicles, dress up like conductors, and play learning games (good for their younger sibs too). There's also really fun family trivia game, "London Dash," on the ground floor where you choose your vehicle (bus, car, bike or delivery truck) and try to beat your opponent around a huge electronically lighted board.
Pre-Teens & Teens: The three train simulators on the ground floor let visitors drive the Jubilee line of the Tube.
- Bring or buy food. There's a small cafe on the upper deck outside the museum where you can sit down and enjoy soups and sandwiches. Inside the museum on the ground floor is an indoor picnic area with tables. There's also a small concession stand there that sells grab-and-go food like cookies, muffins, and sandwiches.
- Check out the museum shop. Accessible even if you don't visit the museum, this large shop has clever games and imaginative souvenirs and is worth a gander. You can also shop online.
- Go early. The best time to visit, to avoid the crowds, is when the museum opens (at 10 a.m. daily except Fridays).
Just the Facts
Hours: Monday - Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (last admission 5:15 p.m.); Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (last admission 5:15 p.m.) Open late some Fridays, check the Web site for more information.
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours