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A great day out.
London Transport Museum (London)
Member Name: teafan11
London Transport Museum (London)
Date: 20/02/12, updated on 28/10/12 (8 review reads)
Advantages: fun for all the family
Having two boys, naturally days out tend to be boy orientated, and this is definitely a boy's day out!!
Both my boys loved it, and I do find it hard to find things both boys will enjoy having a twenty month old and a nine year old. The prices I found very reasonable. They accept cash and all major debit and credit cards.
The prices are:
Adults £13.50; concessions £10.00 and children under 16 are free and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. As an added bonus individual tickets excluding free entry tickets are valid for twelve months so you can visit as often as you would like with that time for no addition charge. Also an essential carer is also free with any registered disabled visitor, which I thought was fantastic. The concession price applies to senior citizens, students and those in receipt of state benefits. Due to recent renovation, every floor is accessible via ramp or lift which makes this museum great for anyone with mobility problems, this in my opinion has made this an even better place to visit and a more enjoyable experience.
The museum is open Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15) Friday 11:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15). The museum shop is open Sunday - Tuesday 10:00 - 18:30 Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 19:00
There is a cafe called the Upper deck cafe which is open Sunday - Tuesday 10:00 - 18:30
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:00 - 19:00 Friday 11:00 - 19:00.
The museum building is a listed building and inside is beautiful with Victorian ironwork and huge arched windows reminiscent of a Victorian train station, it really does help with the whole feel of the place. They have got it spot on. A perfect mix of old and new.
There are facilities also for you to eat a packed lunch, so this museum would be good for a wet day as it is all undercover. The picnic area has tables and chairs and you are able to buy tea, coffee and cakes. There is also a little table with a train set on for little ones to play trains which my twenty month old loved, only trouble is getting them to come away...lol!! You can sit having your picnic and a cup of tea looking at the beautiful old buses and taxi. Alternatively if you wish you can always eat in the many cafe and restaurants in Covent Garden, there is a huge choice.
There are beautiful steam trains and carriages from the forties; it's a shame they are not like that today. You can have pictures taken in some of the exhibits like a horse bus and an old train carriage; you can even climb up some of the old tram stairs which is a little challenging for me let alone a little one; as you would expect the majority of exhibits are unable to be accessed for preservation reasons. There is so much to see and if the kids keep their ticket there are numbered stamps throughout the museum for them to punch there tickets.
There is an exhibit about the building of the underground which my kids found fascinating as we had travelled there on the tube, so they could see things that were familiar and that they could relate too. On the way home they were pointing out things and talking about what they had learned.
The Mezzanine Level 1 is brilliant it has a bridge across and you get a beautiful view over the lower floor, the sides are transparent so my little one could see it all too. He thought this was brilliant as he is bitterly independent and didn't want to be held in order to be able to see.
There are also train and tube simulators for you to have a go at driving which was among the highlights of the day. The boys got to `drive` replica buses too, if you do decide on a visit don't forget your camera, this place is photo opportunity after photo opportunity. I got some beautiful photos. We went with another family with older boys aged fourteen and sixteen and they also found the museum extremely good. They also have a little dress up area with old bus drivers and conductor's jackets unfortunately they were too small for my oldest and my youngest wasn't interested. Although my older son spent ages building his own truck which he thoroughly enjoyed. My son liked to pretend to fall down a fake escalator as I took a picture.
There are plenty of toilets including disabled access toilets and baby changing facilities which is brilliant.
On exit you go through the shop which sells a huge range transport related items. They have some wonderful items but as you would expect from this type of attraction the prices are rather steep. So we made do with a pencil and notebook for my oldest and a plastic duck for the bath for my youngest, the total was around £12.00 but unfortunately the receipt has gotten mislaid so I can't be more accurate, sorry. They do sell some amazing items though and they accept cash and all major credit and debit cards. The products we bought were of good quality however so I have no real complaints on this score and the duck went straight in the bath on returning home and is now a must at bath time...lol!
The nearest underground station is Covent Garden, which is on the Piccadilly line. On exiting the station turn right toward the plaza, if the weather is fine there is a huge array of street performers to entertain you on the way, just don't get too close or you might become part of the act...lol!
When you get to the plaza the London Transport Museum is round to the left, just follow the plaza round. It is just before you reach the market.
Highly recommended day out, we had a fantastic day and I am sure that this museum would be perfect for anyone, young or old; you are bound to love it. Reminisce or learn more, whichever you want to do.
Summary: great fun for youn and old