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London Transport Museum

It is usually Papa Joe who gets enthusiastic about trains but I must admit I did get excited when I walked into the carriage of an old tube train at the London Transport Museum.

I went to school by ‘tube’ every day and always watched the guard pressing the buttons and operating the doors. How I would have loved that job!

I was not the only person for whom the museum brought back memories. I heard several people exclaiming with delight saying “I used to go on that”.

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Where: Covent Garden Piazza London WC2E 7BB    Tel: 0207 379 6344
Admission: Under 16 Free (Under 12 must be with an adult) Adult admission fee –includes unlimited admission for 12 months 
Facilities: free activity book, family activities and story time sessions for younger children in school holidays
family toilet with baby changing facilities and a child sized toilet 2 cafes and a small picnic area
Website:  www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

Throughout the museum there are exhibits you can enter. The Mayhems enjoyed going inside the train carriages and some of the buses.

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Can you guess the age of the tube train by the clothes and hairstyles of the mannequins?

Our youngest Mayhem liked playing in the ‘All Aboard’ section on the ground, which was ideal for her to explore.

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When we arrived our Mayhems were given an activity book to complete and also a special large ticket. As we walked through the museum it became a competition to see who would be first to put it into the ticket stamping machine. Luckily the machines were easy to spot!

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The museum is on three floors and as we entered we walked up a slope to large lifts that whisk you up to the third floor. Watch the display over the doors – the lifts go back in time. When the doors open you find yourself among Victorian types of transport with full size models of horse drawn cabs and horse drawn buses.

From this gallery you get a great view of the ground floor with its collection of trams, trolley buses and of course the big red London Routemaster buses

 

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At the far end of the gallery another lift carries you down to the middle floor which focuses on the age of steam and the development of the suburbs.

The ground floor brings you up to date with exhibitions about transport in WWI to the present time

 

 

We can’t wait to come back and it is great that our tickets last for a year.


Getting There London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB
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