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London Transport Museum

I am planning out my days in London. I have been to London before but have not seen it all, has how can you, it's London. I go mostly to art museums and have been to several museums in London. Looking for something different. Anyone that has been to the London Transport Museum, how did you like it? How big is it and how long an amount of time would you say you can be there. I know that is subjective but a ball park amount would be great. I have been to the York Railway Museum and loved it.

Love to hear your thoughts on this museum and if it is worthwhile going.

Thanks.

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I went a few years ago. It was a good experience and I recall that we spent 2-3 hours there.

Posted by
8889 posts

A small museum, a lot smaller than the National Railway Museum in York.
I would agree 2 hours, 3 tops. It is in Covent Garden, so lots of other things to see in the area.
I would schedule it for a rainy day, or if you have kids with you.

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Thank you both, your reponses were really helpful. I saw it, when I was in London this year but walked around Convent Garden and Neal's Yard but had no time to go in. Now I will make the time!

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I haven't been for many years but I do hear that they have really updated and improved it - and it was pretty good then. My memory is that it isn't free or even cheap to visit, but I think that they participate in the railway 2 for 1 scheme.

They also have a large usually not open to the public collection in Acton, West London, which is open on certain days. The website would say if one of those days is during your visit.

Posted by
4538 posts

Although you said you were looking for something different, there is quite a lot of art content in the museum, the most obvious being the poster collection.

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1173 posts

Marco --- That sounds great. It is on my list to visit and see Covent Gardens again.

Posted by
9857 posts

The London Transportation Museum is terrific. Not on the scale of the RR Museum in York, but focused on London's historical buses, the Tube, etc. We have been twice as I live with a transportation junky (though I like it too). You might look into the London Underground tour with Insider London as a companion activity.

Museum of London is excellent, National Gallery (took me four trips to London to work it in) is now one of my favorites in all of Europe.

Posted by
390 posts

Yes look for the Poster Girls exhibit, all designed by women artists. I’m looking forward to seeing it next month. And also if you’re not already aware, your admission ticket is good for return visits within a year.

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A great stop. I love the museum shop as they sell posters/lithographs of some the great rail advertising campaigns dating back 100 years. Enjoy!

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I enjoyed it very much. It's not really huge--it's manageable in a couple or three hours.

However...there were a lot of children there. I was there during the school break, however. But if you don't mind kids running back and forth and around, you will be fine!

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Thanks everyone for your responses and advice. It really helps!