Guided tours

The majority of the 450,000 objects in the Museum’s care are housed at our Depot in Acton. Members of the public can get behind the scenes and explore this treasure trove on one of our special guided tours.

There is something for everyone. Discover transport and design delights including historic road and rail vehicles, engineering equipment, vehicle and architectural models, original artworks and posters, textiles and ceramics. 

Choose from a varied programme exploring highlights from our collection. Explore historic vehicles and engineering feats and see ground-breaking examples of art and design. Families can enjoy shorter tours, tailored to take a fun approach to discovering transport history.

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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We currently offer five different types of guided tour at the Depot as well as the opportunity to book your own private group tour: 

Depot Discovery tours – see our historic vehicles and engineering collections, an array of signs and maps, as well as unusual and unexpected items from London’s rich transport past.
Family tours – hear the tales and secrets behind our collection, for children aged 5 -11 with their parents or carers.
Art and poster store tours – A special close-up look at the Museum’s poster collection and some of the artworks behind the posters.
Johnston Journeys tours – created to mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic Johnston typeface, designed by Edward Johnston in 1916.
Cab it! tours - spend a day in the driver’s seat and experience Underground trains from a new perspective. 
Private group tours – enjoy an intimate tour of our collection with your own group.

Depot Discovery tours

Guided Tours

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

Depot Discovery tours have been developed for an adult audience, but older children with a keen interest in transport or design may also enjoy them. Under16s must be accompanied by an adult during the tour. Tours last approximately two hours. Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily).

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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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Family Tours

Dates: Various dates during school holidays
Times:11:00-12:00 and 13:30-14:30 
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £5; Concessions and LTM Friends £5; Children aged 5-11 go free. 

Family tours are aimed at families with children aged 5–11. We regret this tour is not suitable for under5s or children aged 12 and over. Not available to adults visiting without children. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily).

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Exclusively for family groups, join us to hear the stories of our historic buses, climb aboard a special Underground train once driven by the Queen, and unearth some of the fascinating secrets behind our collection.

Art and poster store tours

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Dates: Friday and Saturday, once a month
Times:11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30 
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £12; Under-18s £10; Concessions and LTM Friends £10

Art and Poster tours have been developed for an adult audience, but older children with a keen interest in transport or design may also enjoy. Under16s must be accompanied by an adult during the tour. Tours last approximately one hour and a half. Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily).

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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.

Please note that temperatures in the Art Store are kept between 15-18° to help preserve the more fragile content in our collection. You may find that you need to bring an extra layer with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. This may be especially the case during the summer when outside temperatures are warmer. 

Johnston Journeys tour

Johnston Tours

Date: Saturday, once a month
Times:11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30 
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £12; Under-18s £10; Concessions and LTM Friends £10

Johnston Journeys tours have been developed for an adult audience, but older children with a keen interest in transport or design may also enjoy them. Under16s must be accompanied by an adult during the tour. Tours last approximately one hour and a half. Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily).

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Perfect for enthusiasts of excellent design and for people who love our Capital’s history. 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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Cab it!

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Dates: Saturday 4 August and Saturday October 2018
Time:10:30-15:00
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £30; 16-17 year olds £28; Concessions and LTM Friends £28

Not available to under-16s. Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival and a light lunch. Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily).

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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

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Date: Tuesdays, each week
Location: Museum Depot, Acton

Depot Discovery tour: 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00
Art and Poster tour: 11:30-13:00, 13:30-15:00
Tickets: 1–10 guests £100; 11­–20 guests £200; 21–30 guests £280 (private Depot Discovery tour) 
1-10 guests £80, 11-20 guests £160 (private Art and Poster tour)

These tours have been developed for an adult audience, but older children with a keen interest in transport or design may also enjoy them. Under16s must be accompanied by an adult during the tour. Tour end times are approximate.

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.

For enquires or to book a private tour call +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily) or email [email protected]

Book two private tours and receive a 10% discount. Payment must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the tour date