No trip to London with kids is complete without stopping off at the London Transport Museum.
Our London Holiday, March 31-through-April 9, 2013:
1. British Airways LAX-LHR
2. The Waldorf Hilton, London
3. Covent Garden Neighborhood
4. London Transport Museum TODAY’S POST
5. Day Out in London – Traditional Landmarks
6. Princess Diana Playground, Kensington Park, and Green Park/ Buckingham Palace
7. Harry Potter Connections
8. Family Remembrance and Celebration: Brookwood Cemetery and The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre
9. Day Trip: Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, UK
10. Day Out: Greenwich, UK
11. Tower of London
12. London’s Shopping Meccas: Hamleys Toys and Harrods
RMT’ers, if you have kids (um, duh?!) and you find yourselves in London, the London Transport Museum is a must-visit. Located in the cute and cultured Covent Garden neighborhood in the West End, the London Transport Museum is helping the city and its visitors not just get more acquainted with the rich history of the development of mass transit in Western civilization, but it’s also celebrating the Tube’s 150th year in operation (est. 9 January 1863!).
The London Transport Museum has an array of exhibits for everyone. There’s anything from original, restored subway cars and buses that visitors may board and climb (“please touch” is a huge motto at this museum) to more artistic displays and installations like old transit maps and posters. Old ticket stubs, marketing materials, and advertisements also adorn the museum walls and halls, and other corners pay homage to specific historical eras related to London transit, such as its World War II memorial and remembrance areas.
While there are plenty of traditional educational opportunities here at the London Transport Museum, the big draw with kids and adults alike are the Underground train cars and the double-decker Routemaster buses. Feel free to hop on board and take a look around. You’ll almost forget you’re not driving anywhere, but I’d be lying if I said these beautiful vehicles didn’t take you anywhere. The details and restoration work is state-of-the-art and really sets the mind in motion. There are also several stations with driving simulators and other interactive features related to Underground operations.
Kids under six-years-old also have their very own Kids Corner of the museum. Here there are smaller-scale climbers and a model train table where kids can gather and play while the parents can sit back, relax, and have a coffee or snack in the museum’s cafe. The London Transport Museum also offers kids of all-ages a variety of projects and activities by way of punch-cards and booklets they receive upon entrance. They can reference these items during their visit through the museum and mark their stops along the way; they also make a great keepsake from their trip.
An admission detail also worth mentioning is that the London Transport Museum currently offers a buy-one-get-the-whole-year-free (good for 12 months from the date of purchase and original admission; ID required for future visits as the ticket is non-transferable). While we used the 2-for-1 offered by the Days Out Guide UK, we were still permitted to turn the paid admission into the 12-month pass (the free admission was good for the day-of only). T’s admission was entirely free; kids under 16 enter free and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Please visit this link for more information on hours of operation, admission costs, and other special group rates or offers for the London Transport Museum.