- 1 London Transport Museum Covent Garden – Kids LOVE this place!
- 2 World Schooling – teaching your kids as you travel!
- 3 If you can, visit during an Open Weekend!
- 4 Summer Activity Fun at the London Transport Museum Covent Garden
- 4.0.1 The Street Party: 23 July to 7 August
- 4.0.2 Make and Take – Creative Workshop, ages 3 – 12
- 4.0.3 Be Safe Week: 8 to 12 August – Workshops for families and free stamper card trail will run from 8 to 12 August
- 4.0.4 Musical Magic: 13 August – 4 September
- 4.0.5 Invent a Song, 13 August – 4 September, ages 3 – 12
- 4.0.6 Take a Behind the Scenes Tour
- 5 The Inside Scoop
- 6 Eat and Drink
- 7 Our Top Tips!
- 8 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 9 Instagram: Family Travel Ideas with Roam the Gnome
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London Transport Museum Covent Garden – Kids LOVE this place!
Gosh, at Roam the Gnome, we love a dress up, and the boys love everything to do with transport and vehicles so the London Transport Museum Covent Garden is on our bucket list of places to visit in London.
World Schooling – teaching your kids as you travel!
Here’s a list of what you can do at the London Transport Museum Covent Garden.
Kids and families will love to explore All Aboard, the Museum’s exciting new play zone which opened in March 2015, for children 0 -7 years old. There’s also a dedicated baby-space infants at the ‘Baby DLR’ with an interactive wall and building blocks. It’s on ground floor and level 1 of the Museum.
- Repair a mini Tube train and play in the ‘Lost Property’ office
- Have fun with interactive displays
- Create and imagine in a dedicated kid’s play zone called All Aboard where children can play on a mini fleet of vehicles
- Role play in dress-up uniforms and become drivers,cleaners, station announcers, mechanics, and river captains aboard ferry boats too!
- ‘Sailing’ the Thames Nipper
- Serve passengers in the Nipper café
- Fly the Emirates Air Line cable car
- Make driver announcements
- Help customers at the mini information desk using the magnetic message board, maps and clocks.
- Search for the ‘noisy seats’ on some of the vehicles which make funny sounds when sat upon,
- Singing stars of the future can play musical instruments at the busking spot.
That’s not all! Throughout the actual museum, kids and families can:
- Drive Tube train simulators
- Pick up a free stamper card and collect transport stamps around the Museum galleries
- Board real buses, trains and trams and get in the driver’s seat!
- Meet costumed actors who bring some of the exhibits to life
- Choose some activities from the family station. Activities include folding your own bus and driving it between the vehicles, spotting shapes around the Museum through shape spotters, and opportunities to make up your own transport story. Available at weekends and school holidays. Suitable for families with children aged 3 – 12
- Dress up in historical outfits
- Eat fun food in our cafe (see below!)
If you can, visit during an Open Weekend!
Open Weekends happen twice a year, typically around March and September. The next Depot Open Weekend will take place on the 24-25 September.
- There’s make-and-take workshops alongside engineering challenges, quizzes and trails. Above all you can explore over 370,000 items spanning 200 years of London’s public transport.
Summer Activity Fun at the London Transport Museum Covent Garden
The London Transport Museum Covent Garden has some extra special family-friendly activities this summer.
The Street Party: 23 July to 7 August
- Sessions take place at 11:00 and 14:00 and last approximately 20 minutes
- Storytime fun – What will happen when Sally and Henry meet the ducks who have taken over their street and replaced the cars and hedges with ponds and quacking ducklings? Let’s find out.
Make and Take – Creative Workshop, ages 3 – 12
- Workshops from 11:30 and 14:30; activities last up to an hour
- Become an architect and design your own ‘street’. Have fun with it! (Fire up that creative spark! Yes, hover cars and rainbow multi-coloured houses are awesome additions!)
- Create 3D models of your plan using fun, creative materials including pipe cleaners, lollipop sticks and clay.
Be Safe Week: 8 to 12 August – Workshops for families and free stamper card trail will run from 8 to 12 August
- Kids can meet safety experts and learn how to be safe at home, in public and when using public transport at London Transport Museum’s ‘Be Safe Week’.
- Kids will have opportunities to learn directly from Police, London Fire Brigade, British Red Cross, RNLI Lifeboats, Transport for London’s School Liaison Officers and other agencies.
- Kids can collect a stamp from each team of experts they visit and fill their stamper card as they go!
Musical Magic: 13 August – 4 September
- Sessions take place at 11:00 and 14:00 and last approximately 20 minutes.
- Join musicians for a sing-along featuring classic transport songs plus new ones.
Invent a Song, 13 August – 4 September, ages 3 – 12
- Workshops from 11:30 and 14:30; activities last up to an hour
- Do you love to sing? If the answer is YES then this workshop is for you.
- Budding musicians can help create an original song which will then be performed by a busker live in the Museum.
Take a Behind the Scenes Tour
- Dates: 6 August, 8 August, 15 August, 22 October, 24 October, 26 October. Times 11.00 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 14.30
- Tickets: £5 per adult, children and young people aged 17 and under go free
- Go behind the scenes on a special family tour of London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton. Hear about the Victorian train carriage that used to be somebody’s home, see a special Underground train driven by the Queen, and discover some of the secrets behind our fascinating collection.
- The tour is most appropriate for children aged 5 – 15 with their parents or carers. The tour is not suitable for adults attending without children.
The Inside Scoop
- Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 18.00 (Last entry 17.15)
- Friday 11.00 – 18.00 (Last entry 17.15)
- Sunday – Tuesday 10.00 – 18.30
- Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10.00 – 19.00
- Friday 11.00 – 19.00
- Children and young people under 18 go FREE! (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult).
- Adult £17.00; Concession £14.50*
Tickets allow unlimited daytime entry to all Museum galleries and temporary exhibitions for a whole year. Terms and conditions apply. See website. (Carers are permitted free access when accompanying a concession paying adult.)
- You can save by booking your annual ticket online at the reduced price of £16 and £13.50. Save and book individual tickets online
- Phone: +44 20 7379 6344
- London Transport Museum Covent Garden Website
- Email (guest relations): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Covent Garden,* Leicester Square, Holborn, Embankment, Charing Cross
- Plan your journey with Transport for London
- Charing Cross and Waterloo Mainline StationsPlan your journey with National Rail
- Save with our joint ticket for London Transport Museum and MBNA Thames Clippers. Embankment Pier is the closest pier to the museum, a 10 minute walk away. Plan your journey with Thames Clippers
- Get here using Santander Cycle Hire. Nearest Docking Stations are available behind the museum on Tavistock Street and a short walk from the Museum on Wellington Street.There is also a public cycle rack located a few minutes walk from the museum in Russell Street. A comprehensive list of cycle parking locations across Westminster can be found on the Westminster Cycling Campaign website.
- There is a very limited number of parking spaces available near the Museum. These spaces are charged at £4.40 per hour, with a maximum stay of around 4 hours.
- The ParkRight app for mobile, developed for the City of Westminster, can provide you with real time parking space occupancy information.
Location and Map
- Address: Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB, United Kingdom
Guest relations & Facilities
- Baby changing room
- Baby feeding room
- Ramp /lift access to all galleries
Eat and Drink
Upper Deck Cafe
- Do not miss the super fun food at the Museum’s Upper Deck café – Tube line milk shakes and transport shaped pasta dishes, or collect a bus shaped lunch box to take to the indoor picnic area.
- Situated at the front of the Museum above the gift shop, relax and enjoy views over the Piazza in Covent Garden.
- There’s hot & cold food and drinks including smoothies, which are available throughout the day.
- Open Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 10.00-18.30 (last hot food orders 17.30); Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10.00-19.00 (last hot food orders 18.00); Friday* 11.00-19.00 (last hot food orders 18.00)
- *During school holiday periods the Upper Deck is open from 10.00 on a Friday.
- Food and drink menu [147 KB]
- High chairs are available
Lower Deck Cafe & Indoor Picnic Area
- Situated in the main museum the Lower Deck café offers a range of sandwiches, snacks, hot and cold drinks. It also consists of a picnic area where the parents can relax with a cup of coffee while keeping an eye on the little one, and eat their own packed lunches
- Open Saturday and Sunday* 10.00-17.30
- *During school holiday periods the Lower Deck is open daily from 10.00-17.30
Our Top Tips!
- Download the free London Transport Museum Covent Garden App on Iphone or Android
- Or get it via the web here.
- Download the Family Guide to the London Transport Museum Covent Garden. (There’s some tips on what you should NOT miss!)
- Thinking about a family trip to London? Here’s a link to find ALL the family-friendly info you’ll need on places to stay, where to eat, and SUPER DOOPER fun things to do!
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