Prepare to squeal in delight as the Transport Museum delivers an early Christmas present in the form of tours of a disused tube station.
Of the closed tube stations that litter the London Underground, two top the list of stations that people want to visit. One is Down Street, near Hyde Park as it was used as a WW2 command centre, and the other is the iconic Aldwych/Strand station, which is largely unmodernised.
Over two weekends at the start of December, they will be letting the public down into the depths of Aldwych tube station near The Strand.
Although only closed in 1994, it holds a special fascination for most people as it is still visible above ground, and even when open was hardly ever used so even the heaviest of tube travellers are unlikely to have been there.
It is also one of those stations that has a dual hidden history, as even when open, only one of two platforms was in use – so you have one old platform, and one even older one.
A few photos from a previous visit to whet your appetite.
The tours will include both platforms – which is an even rarer treat on these already quite rare events. As access is down the old spiral emergency stairs the tour is not suitable for anyone with a mobility problem.
Hopefully they will also sort out the slight disagreement about use of DSLR cameras which caused a few unhappy grumbles last time the public were let down there. (Update T&C’s simply have a ban on professional equipment).
30 Nov to 2 Dec and the following weekend 7 to 9 Dec 2012.
All tickets include a day return ticket to the museum.
- Daytime tours: £20 adult, £18 concession
- Evening tours: £25 adult, £22.50 concession
Evening tours include a short choral concert from the TfL choir and a hot drink (cider, mulled wine or tea) as part of the ticket price.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW – BOOK HERE (click on “all events” to see the listing).
NB: The open days is for the daytime tours, and the “secret station” is for the evening tours – make sure you select the correct option.