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London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum © Diane Auckland FotohausLondon Transport Museum © Diane Auckland Fotohaus

London Transport Museum in the heart of London’s Covent Garden will open your eyes to things you took for granted, such as hopping on the Tube or the bus, and give you a real insight into how the capital’s transport networks took shape. A multi-million-pound renovation over the past few years has opened up the stunning former market building and made this attraction more interactive and appealing to kids than ever.

Best for: Kids aged 3 and up

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What to Expect:

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Educational
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Public transport
  • Picnic areas
  • Pay on day
  • Open year-round

What to do

Take kids aged 7–11 to the hands-on Interchange gallery, where they can dress-up and drive an Optare bus.

With younger kids, head for All Aboard!, where they can play on fun versions of a bus, train, Tube train and taxi and steer toy vehicles through a miniature London.

Don’t avoid school holidays, when there’s an exciting program of events and activities to keep families entertained – see the London Transport Museum website for details.

Where to stay

See our destination page to London for our recommendations on family-friendly accommodation in the capital.



London Transport Museum is open Monday–Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am–6pm and open on Fridays 11am–6pm.


The museum is with easy walking distance of Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Holborn and Charing Cross Tube stations and numerous bus routes. For more information, see the website’s journey planner tool.


You can bring your own packed lunches to eat in the picnic area, or The Upper Deck café-bar has interesting, child-friendly, fairly priced food, including the an all day brunch, light snacks and a kids pick and mix menu. 

If visiting over the Easter period, a special afternoon tea for kids is available.


Entrance is £17.50 per adult but free to under-18s, making this a reasonably priced half-day out (tickets can be used for multiple visits over the course of a year).

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