The London Transport Museum Depot in Acton Town, West London will be opening its doors for a ten-day summer event this month.
Between 19-23 August and 26-30 August, the museum depot will open to the public from 11.00am to 18.00pm.
The depot houses most of London Transport Museum’s extensive collection – over 320,000
artefacts from the capital’s transport history. The new summer season has been designed
especially for families, giving them the chance to explore a transport treasure
trove during the summer holidays after months in lockdown.
What’s in store?
A family-friendly trail will take people on a journey through the depot to discover the
stories of historic vehicles which served passengers over the last 200 years, including a
yellow Victorian horse drawn ‘garden seat’ bus dating from 1881, and a shiny red 1938 Stock
Tube train filled with stylish Art Deco touches.
Children will receive a special, sealed pack which will include a fun craft kit to make during
the visit and a take-home activity to support their learning in fun and curious ways.
Each day during the new summer family fun season, the London Transport Museum Depot
shop will be open offering exclusive transport themed toys, games, posters and gifts.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will also be available to purchase and enjoy.
Tickets and time slots can be booked between 11.00am and 18.00pm each day with last entry at
16.00pm. Adult tickets cost £15 and are £7.50 for children aged 4 to 17. Children under 3 go
free. Timed tickets must be booked in advance online.
Local residents in Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow will enjoy a 1/3 off (£10 for adults and £5
for children aged 4-17) when booking their timed tickets and families are encouraged to walk
Visitors who already own an annual pass for London Transport Museum in Covent Garden
will also enjoy a third off when booking timed tickets too.
The London Transport Miniature Railway will be open for service, with passengers able to
travel on replica models of vintage London Underground trains used on the Metropolitan line
between the 1920s and 1960s. Tickets to ride on the Miniature Railway will be available to
purchase separately on the day using contactless payments.
The London Transport Museum Depot will open to the public with the Visit Britain ‘We’re
good to go’ standard and has new social distancing and safety measures in place. These
include, one-way routes, enhanced cleaning regimes using anti-viral disinfectant, pre-visit
guidance to help people prepare for their visit as well as PPE and updated training for staff.
London Transport Museum depot ‘hidden gem’
Sam Mullins OBE, Director, London Transport Museum said: “Our Depot is one of
the Capital’s hidden gems and we’re excited to be throwing open its doors for
families to enjoy a behind the scenes look at rarely seen Aladdin’s cave of transport
“Opening our Depot for a summer season is unprecedented for us, but
when we started thinking about reopening, we wanted to try something new by
offering families a safe, local, fun day out during the summer holidays. With social
distancing and new safety measures in place, we can’t wait to welcome people back
to experience the Depot.”
Timed tickets for the London Transport Museum Depot summer family fun season can be
booked online: www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/depot-summer
London Transport Museum in Covent Garden – including its popular Hidden London
exhibition in the Global Gallery – will reopen to visitors in the Autumn.
People can donate to support London Transport Museum as it reopens following the COVID19 lockdown by visiting: www.ltumuseum.co.uk/supportEnjoy more Heritage Railway reading in the four-weekly magazine. Click here to subscribe.