The London Underground is something many of us rely on almost every day, either on our commute to work, or just when popping out to meet a friend for a coffee.
Rarely do the day to day workings of the Tube go through our heads, but without it, we know we would almost certainly be lost.
Covent Garden has been home to the London Transport Museum since 1980, sharing the history of transport in London with locals and tourists alike, but what if you could step deeper into the history and learn about the secrets of the Underground?
An opportunity to step back in time into over 150 years of history has arisen right here in west London.
The London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton is opening over the course of a weekend to share over 320,000 artefacts which are usually closed to the public.
What can we enjoy over the weekend?
The weekend will be filled with activities ranging from talks to displays and tours.
- Take the family for a trip on a miniature railway.
- Jump on board a heritage bus and tour around the streets of west London.
- Hear stories about disused Underground stations.
- Learn about the forgotten Kingsway Tramway Subway with transport historian, Oliver Green.
- Enjoy miniature train layouts.
- Watch demonstrations of original Underground signalling equipment and even have a go at operating it yourself.
Get crafty with the family and create your own inventions.
Take a trip into a mechanics pit and learn about the workings of a bus.
View the largest collection of London transport signage in the world, spanning over 150 years.
Discover some of the depot's quirky artifacts.
Munch on street food and enjoy a coffee from a converted Mini car, and for the adults, enjoy a pint of real ale.
How can I get tickets?
The depot will be open on the weekend of April 22 and 23 from 11am until 5pm on both days.
Tickets cost £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and it is free for children and young people aged under 17.
For more information, or to book your ticket now, just click here.
London Transport Museum’s Depot address: 2 Museum Way, 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane, Acton Town, London W3 9BQ.
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