The London Transport museum is a hidden Treasure located in Covent Garden. Three floors of Transport heaven explain how London Transport had changed over Time from The early 1800s Till present.
The fun started The minute I got in. After receiving my stamping card at The entrance, I was ready for a little Treasure hunt. While completing my tour around The museum I had To discover The numbered stamping stations. After That, it wasn’t hard To complete The Task – just stamp!
The Trail starts on The Top floor of The museum, To be reached by elevator, which was set out like a Time machine. Watch the year change above The elevator while you go up and are transported in back in Time. When I got To The Top starting level I was back in London during the early 1800s where I discovered horse-drawn Trams.
The carriages were fascinating and The people in Them takes you back To another area. It was interesting To learn how The transport revolution displaced over Time The River Thames as The city’s main artery for The movement of people and goods. In addition I found it very cool That The museum was very interactive and That I was allowed to climbed on several of The carriages.
The charts illustrate The history of London and does it ik a very creative and interactive way, incorporating activities that enables kids an opportunity To engage.
1 st Floor
On The floor down, I entered London at The late 1800s. I learned That in Those days horse-drawn carriages were in decline as favoritism Turns To steam.
The old Train carriages were in remarkable condition for Their age and The story of how London’s transport network further developed is endlessly fascinating. Everywhere I looked, There were exiting Things To see and To do. I could drive a real bus, sit in The driver’s seat and I was allowed To work in Tube maintenance area.
The 1st floor has also an exhibit room. I especially loved last years exhibit, when I was visiting in December 2016, which covered The design process behind all aspect of London Transport, from The famous maps, buildings Till The uniforms for staff.
This years exhibit of The Poster Parade, Festive fun, was less interesting for Toddlers.
The lower ground covers The mid 1900s Till present. I was amazed by The full-sized busses, stationed on The ground floor, which I was allowed To climb and touch.
Plenty of hands on displays were available To explore and I was very interested by The various Tube simulators where I could drive a Train Through The Tunnels. All aboard!
The beautifully designed All aboard playground for kids ages 0-7 caught my attention immediately. In That playzone I had The chance To explore and climb a children’s life size bus, Cab and Thames Nipper. You could even dress up as Train or bus driver.
I noticed That I was not The only one having fun, other children also seemed Thrilled by The place.
Whilst enjoying The magic world of Transport by The play area, To my surprise, Santa made his appearance. All little kids were invited To Santa’s grotto for a story Telling moment and of course for a picture with Santa.
Long story short, This is my favorite London museum. I have listed some extra review points of my mom from her point of view:
- The museum has just The right amount of exhibits and activities for children and is not Too overwhelming for The little ones.
- They are well prepared for strollers, as There are ramps and multiple lifts. If wanted you can leave you stroller behind just after The entrance in a dedicated area.
- Compared To other museums in London, entrance fee is a bit pricy, but you get To keep your ticket To use all year round. Kids (-17) go for free.
- There is a cafe and a family seating area, but with Covent Garden just at the entrance steps, you have much more little cosy snack bars and restaurants To choose from.
I hope if you ever visit This museum, you will enjoy it as much as I did.