Most of you have probably been to the famous London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. But did you know they have a depot museum in Acton? This is where they keep their collections that aren’t in Covent Garden, and it’s only open to the public a few times a year. This year it was open for half term and will be open for a week in the summer holidays!
We visited in Half Term, and it was really lovely to see the vintage collections of buses and tube trains.
For social distancing, you have timed ticket entry and there is a one-way system inside. It means it is much less crowded than it has been pre-lockdown, so you can really enjoy looking around.
Outside there is an eating area with an inflatable marquee and cheese toastie stall, so we ate lunch there before we started our tour.
On entry the kids were given activity sheets according to their age to do as we walked through the museum. The amount of vintage buses on site is insane. There was a lady in Victorian costume providing laughs too.
The museum shop is my fave to find collectibles. We got the kids some t-shirts at half price. Through the vintage tube trains, where we were allowed to go inside some, and then upstairs to see all the vintage tube signs and roundels – it’s really wow to see.
At the exit, kids collect a free activity pack, bag, felt animal keyring and a paper board game.
Finally there’s a miniature railway ride to go on before you leave – the kids loved that, well the grownups did too!
If you fancy visiting, don’t worry if you missed half term. It’s open for a week this summer – book your timed slot tickets through the London Transport Museum website. Local residents from Hillingdon, Ealing or Hounslow boroughs get a discount too.
📍Acton Depot Museum W3 9BQ
🚊 Opposite Acton Town underground station
⏰ Open 10am – 4pm selected dates between 7th – 14th August 2021
☕️ Refreshments and eating area outside
🍼 Buggy park outside the depot (you can take buggies inside too)
🕰 Time spent – around 2 hours
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