It was our first time to go and we were all impressed! It won’t be our last.
We wanted to take our grandson somewhere fun just for him. He’s 2, very curious and energetic. It’s also cold out this time of year so we were looking for something indoors. We had thought about going to Warwick Castle but felt like the drive there wouldn’t be worth it for him to basically play on a playground which is what he would remember. We’ll take him there when he’s a bit older and can appreciate the fun of being at a real castle playing on a playground. 🙂
We made plans to meet friends who were visiting from Germany for lunch near Leicester Square (I’m impressed with myself for spelling that correctly without having to look it up!) so we looked online for things to do with children near there. The London Transport Museum came up and seemed like a fit.
So off we went. A walk to the train station. A turn through Waterloo. A couple of tube stops to Covent Garden and we were there.
What we liked:
Free admission for 17 and under
Adult tickets are good for a full year
Interesting for tourists and residents
Super friendly staff
Free play for the kiddos and space to run around
Great location in Covent Garden
Nice place to purchase souvenirs
As grandparents, navigating the train and tube systems is a bit tricky with a stroller/buggy. But that didn’t stop us and wouldn’t stop us in the future. It was a very quick walk from Covent Garden station to the museum.
Overall, we really had a great time. There was plenty to see and do. I think visitors will get tired out before they get bored which leaves room for future visits.
I suppose it might be busier during certain times of the year but it wasn’t too crazy the morning of January 2 which happened to be a bank holiday (New Year’s Day observed).
We arrived at opening time (10 am) and stayed for about an hour and a half. This was perfect for our grandson to touch and feel and sit and climb and run out of energy, work up an appetite, take some really great photos, make some fun memories. and then head out for a nice dim sum lunch with friends
The museum includes hands-on play areas, trains, taxi’s, and buses that span the decades from then to now. It was so very interesting to see the progression of the system. There was a really nice war time area with a historical movie and various displays to help us gain an understanding the hardships and endurance of that time.
I would say that this museum is definitely set up more for younger children with age-specific play areas and junior-sized everything and most everything reachable, but they have done a great job of incorporating areas that make it interesting for big kids and adults as well. I highly recommend this as a place to go for families who are visiting London as well as those who live here. Even if you don’t have kids, and if you want to learn about the history of the London transportation system, you wouldn’t be disappointed. You might even be inspired to pick up a little something for the kid in your life or the kid in you in the shop on the way out.
It’s time to go so we wash up (remember I said “hands-on”?) and grab our stroller, make our way through the gift shop (seems you can’t leave any attraction here without going through the gift shop – clever!), bundle up and walk back to the station with our grandson holding dearly to his newly prized miniature “choo choo train” that his aunt bought for him.
We then headed down one tube stop to Leicester Square for a nice dim sum lunch with friends (lunch review post coming soon). Again, the stroller situation was a bit of a pain but we just need more practice and I’m sure we’ll get it down.
Now that we have our tickets for the year, we can go back as many times as we’d like. Unless we borrow some of our friend’s children, our “free” entry will only cost us a plane ticket from Texas to get our grandson back over.