The London Transport Museum is located in Covent Garden, London. Inside you will find the details the history of transport in the capital city, something that is particularly fascinating as London was the site of the first subterranean city railway, the London Underground. This museum is a fantastic stop for those visiting Covent Garden who want a break from shopping.
A recently completed refurbishment has brought the museum right up to date. The museum is organised chronologically, and you start at the turn of the 19th century, from this point you see the development of transport in London right up to the present day. The exhibition starts as far back as the horse and cart and moves on past the present-day and takes a look at the potential future of transport in London.
The museum boasts an extensive collection of old London buses as well as several tube cars, there is even a simulator which allows you to pretend to be a tube operator. You are also able to step inside many of the old transport vehicles and they have been well preserved so that you can get a real idea of what it was like to travel in the past.
The museum is very interactive and is one of the best museums in London for people visiting London with children. Unusually, the museum is perhaps more child orientated than adult. Some of the more historical parts of the museum are less interactive but as you move on you will find a great many interactive exhibits that children will love. The gift shop will also appeal to youngsters as there are a great many toys with transport themes.
The museum opens at 10 AM and close at 6 PM, except on Fridays when it opens an hour later at 11 AM. The museum is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but is open every other day of the year.
Tickets are £13.50 for adults and £10 for children.
This ticket price is a bit more expensive than some of London's other museums but the ticket is valid for 12 months. Also if you look around online you may find there is a two-for-one offer to take advantage of when you are visiting. Some people might be put off by the fact that the museum focuses entirely on transport, something that most people probably don't find fascinating.
Don't let this get in the way of you visiting though, it is a well-designed and informative museum and you will find yourself much more interested than you might first think.
The nearest tube station is Covent Garden on Piccadilly line. Get off at Covent garden and follow the directions.
Visit London Transport Museum website for more details.
Copyright © 2012 TravelMozo