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London Transport Museum Depot

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London Transport Museum Depot

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The London Transport Museum Depot in Acton contains over 370,000 items, not on display at the main London Transport Museum in Covent Garden such as vehicles, models and engineering drawings. Its extensive collection makes up one of the most important records of urban transport in the world.


Although its main purpose is to catalogue and conserve objects, the museum also opens to the public for special events, such as themed weekends. It is possible to participate on guided tours of the Depot. Hop on a 75-year-old tube train, hear about the person who lived on a Victorian train carriage, and even see the Underground train that the Queen drove!


Kids will love how interactive the museum is. They’ll also learn loads of secrets about London transport which will make travelling on the tube in future a lot more exciting. Also at the Depot is The London Transport Miniature Railway – a working miniature railway based on real London Underground locomotives, carriages, signals and signs.


Booking Advice:

  • Check the website for dates of special weekends and guided tours
  • Tickets must be booked in advance, either online or by telephone
  • Kids go free!



2 Museum Way
118-120 Gunnersbury Lane
W3 9BQ


Monthly guided tours – check website for next available tour.

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7565 7299


How to get there:

Tube: Acton Town

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Teen Verdict

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I really enjoyed this extension of the London Transport Museum. There’s such an abundance of artefacts there that we were able to explore. Who knew there were so many secrets within the London Underground? I’ll definitely be thinking about them the next time I’m on the tube. And even though it’s not exactly a hobby of mine, I actually really liked seeing the miniature train models. I’d recommend this to families with teens and kids, as kids go free.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • The open weekends are great for families. There are always lots of free activities and kids go free.
  • Lots of traders bring transport goodies to sell and you can buy tube stickers for under £1.
  • There’s usually a free mini railway ride inside and a vintage bus ride to see the local area.
  • Even if you aren’t a ‘transport geek’ this is still a fantastic day out.

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  1. Jonathan Gladwin

    This is a brilliant day out – and thankfully it’s open more regularly. If you love London Transport – the history, the design, the equipment, the trains, the buses – this place has it all. So much to explore and see – have been twice and not yet seen everything

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