So many of the museums in London are free, so is the London Transport museum worth paying for?
If you have children who love buses, trains and any other moving vehicles then the answer is unequivocally YES! This is a great thing to do on a rainy day in London, but with the likes of the Natural History, the Science Museum and the British Museum all being free, it took me a while to go. I'm so glad I did, as this is now one of my favourite museums for kids.
My three-year-old could easily stay there all day, it’s more a matter of how long I can stand having to pretend to get on the bus with him. Seriously, prepare to be a passenger endlessly throughout your trip. They can pretend to drive a train, get their card stamped, pretend to drive a bus, dress up as train conductor, pretend to drive a taxi… you get the idea.
It also has a fabulous play area with a play double deck bus, a small soft play area, the Thames nipper, a taxi and even dressing up. It’s the perfect place to have a bit of a break and sit down for a minute while the kids play. Unless you want to play with them of course.
Just beware, the upstairs area of the play bus and boat are not really made for adult-sized bodies, the likelihood of getting stuck is probable to very likely.
One of the real positives of the London Transport museum is that it is much quieter than the other museums, and much less overwhelming with several children in tow. You can easily make your way around it in a couple of hours, and they have devised a clever card stamping attraction for kids to make sure you visit the upstairs too. As it’s in Covent Garden, there are also lots of options for places to eat around the area, whatever your budget, which is handy when you have kids to feed before heading home.
Price + Opening Times
Adult tickets are £17.50 (Concessions £15) but you can come back as many times as you want in the year and children up to age 17 go free, so you only need to go a few times to get your monies worth. Actually for the price and what you get, even if you only go once, I think it's still worth it. You can also save money if you book your annual ticket online at the reduced price of £16 and £13.50.
They are open every day 10am to 6pm (Last entry 17.15) apart from Friday when they open at 11am instead. You can find out more and book online here: www.ltmuseum.co.uk
All in all, it’s a great museum and definitely worth a visit. Or three.
Have you ever been? We'd love to hear what you thought.