With the summer holidays fast approaching, we're thinking about what you and the kids can get up to this summer.
Hull Trains allows up to two children under the age of five to travel free of charge with a fare-paying passenger. Meanwhile, children between the age of five and fifteen will receive a discount of at least 50% on most tickets. This is surely music to parents' ears!
In this feature, we're talking about one of our favourite museums in the capital, the London Transport Museum. We're particularly excited about this one because transport is awesome, if we do say so ourselves.
Situated in the Covent Garden Piazza, you can get to the museum from King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station by taking the Piccadilly line to Covent Garden Station. It should take you just under 15 minutes.
Catching the Tube will set you up nicely for the rest of the day, as this museum narrates the history of the city and its system of transport over the last two centuries. Inside the collection, there are over 450,000 items to browse that will help you piece together the fascinating story of how people have travelled around the capital since 1800.
Little ones and big kids alike will love jumping aboard the Victorian buses, carriages and coaches. Meanwhile, experience what life would have been like in the Big Smoke all those years ago. Most people would travel by foot and cabs would be only used by the very elite class (certainly no Uber back then).
In 1860, plans for an underground railway were in full swing. In the gallery, you can take a look at the early system and learn about how the track was laid using the expensive cut-and-cover construction method.
Another exhibit explores how people got from A to B during the World Wars. Transport was vital to the war effort, with buses taking troops to the Western Front during WWI. Later, during WWII, the Underground provided a much-needed home to thousands of families that were affected by the terrifying Blitz.
Additionally, the London Transport Museum allows you to imagine what the future of transport will be for the ever-growing city. There are huge challenges ahead, with an estimated 800,000 extra people living in London by 2025. The interactive Green Futures space shows you how the city could look in just a couple of decades.
During the summer, the museum has a lot to offer families and groups. An exciting Illustration and Storytime weekend is to take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July. There's also a two-week Transport Detectives event, which involves a charming story about lost property and a treasure hunt. In mid-August, there will be a week of Be Safe workshops for families to get involved with. The Police, London Fire Brigade and RNLI Lifeboats will be teaching kids some life-saving lessons. Lastly, Junk Music, running from Saturday 19 August to Sunday 3 September, will provide children with the chance to compose their own songs.
Kids go free at the London Transport Museum, and an adult ticket will set you back just £17.50. For more information, please visit the London Transport Museum.
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