Depot guided tours

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We have over 450,000 objects in our collection - most of which are housed at our Museum Depot in Acton. Our guided tours allow you to go behind the scenes at this working depot and explore this treasure trove of transport history. Discover delights like historic road and rail vehicles, engineering equipment, vehicle and architectural models, original artworks and posters, textiles and ceramics, signs and maps, and much more!

We run several guided tours which you can see more about below. All of our tours have been developed for an adult audience, but older children with a keen interest in transport or design may also enjoy them. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

You can also explore the Depot at one of our three annual Open Weekends, and enjoy the many activities on offer, including mini-tours, talks and film screenings, plus activities for all the family.

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Depot Discovery

Learn about the history of London transport as you take a tour round the Depot to see our historic vehicles, signs and maps, and some unusual and unexpected items!

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Johnston Journeys

*Last chance to see*! Perfect for design enthusiasts: discover the iconic Johnston font and roundel logo and why London Transport's designs are so timeless.

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Art and poster store

Take a peek inside our art and poster store and hear more about London's rich history of commissioning and displaying world-class posters.

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Design Icons

For history and design lovers alike: find out about the people and the stories behind London's most enduring designs: from the roundel to the map and more.

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Cab it!

Spend a day in the driver’s seat and experience Underground trains from a new perspective

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Private group tours

Enjoy an intimate tour of our collection with your own group.

Guided Tours

Depot discovery tours

Dates: Friday and Saturday, once a month from February – November
Times: 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £12; Under-18s £10; Concessions and LTM Friends £10 

Experience more than 150 years of wonderfully preserved transport history and see highlights from our collections.

Take in rare, historic vehicles alongside an array of maps, signs, uniforms, architectural and vehicle models and pioneering engineering equipment

Group sizes are no more than 15 people per guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and access to the collection. We aim to offer two volunteer guides for each time slot.

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Johnston Tours

Johnston journeys tours

Dates: Saturday 8 June 2019
Times: 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £12; Under-18s £10; Concessions and LTM Friends £10 

Discover how Edward Johnston, the man behind London Underground’s typeface and the iconic roundel, changed passenger journeys forever. Hear about the challenges and ultimate successes of designs so powerful and adaptable, they now represent the essence of London itself.

Created in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of Johnston’s typeface, these tours were developed thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Art and poster store tours

Dates: Saturday 27 July 2019, Saturday 14 September 2019, Saturday 23 November 2019
Times: 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £12; Under-18s £10; Concessions and LTM Friends £10 

Immerse yourself in the rich design heritage of London’s transport while exploring a selection of posters from our world-class collection, and rarely seen original artworks.

Hear the story behind London Underground poster commissioning, from its roots in 1908 to later collaborations with a diverse group of renowned artists.

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Design icons tours

Dates: Saturday 10 August 2019, Saturday 12 October 2019
Times: 11:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 16:00
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £12; Under-18s £10; Concessions and LTM Friends £10

Discover the stories – and the people – behind some of London’s most enduring designs.

From the iconic roundel and font you can see all over the network, designed by Edward Johnston, to Harry Beck’s pioneering Underground map.

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Dates: Saturday 18 May 2019, Saturday 15 June 2019, Saturday 5 October 2019
Time: 10:30-15:00
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Sold out

Not available to under-16s. Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival and a light lunch.

Ever fancied getting into the driver’s seat and seeing things from a new perspective?

Join us for a day guided by our specialist volunteers. Experience an Underground train from the driver’s cab and explore a variety of static vehicles built between 1940 and 1983 – including the Museum’s recently overhauled 1938 Tube stock.

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Private group tours

Date: Tuesdays
Time: Various
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: 1–10 guests £100; 11­–20 guests £200 (private Art and Poster tour and Private Depot Discovery tour)
21–30 guests £280 (private Depot Discovery tour)

Take a relaxed, personal tour behind the scenes. Choose between the Depot Discovery tour or Art and Poster tour. Discover highlights from our varied collection, or focus on London’s transport design heritage and explore a selection of posters and original artworks.

Depot Discovery private tours are available at 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00. Art and Poster private tours are available 11:30-13:00, 13:30-15:00.

For enquires or to book a private tour call +44 (0)343 222 5000 (open 10.00-17.30 daily) or email [email protected]

To book a tour, download and complete our booking form [77 KB PDF] 

Send your completed booking form to [email protected]

Book two private tours and receive a 10% discount.

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Father's day gifts

Looking for a quirky gift this Father's day? We have a great range of ideas - including exclusive moquette socks and personalised homeware. Treat your dad to a gift from our shop and help support our charitable work!

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New Hidden London treat

Treat yourself to a day out with our newest Hidden London tour package. Explore behind the scenes at Charing Cross  before enjoying a delicious afternoon tea with fantastic views overlooking the Strand.

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A ghostly Edwardian family are board an early Tube train on the right, while a new train has its air-powered doors open to welcome contemporary passengers on this poster designed to promote network changes...

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