Prepare to squeal in delight as the Transport Museum delivers an early Christmas present.
The closed down Aldwych tube station by Strand is opening to the public again for a rare chance to go down and see this famous tube station.
The Transport Museum has secured the long weekends of Fri 25th; Sat 26th and Sun 27th November, and again on Fri 2nd; Sat 3rd and Sun 4th December to take tours deep underground and down to the old platforms.
Last year’s open weekend for the Blitz anniversary was so popular that they sold out in two days, but this time there are 420 tickets available on each day – that’s a total of 2,520 tickets over the two weekends.
Cost per ticket is £20 (£15 for concessions) and the tour will last about 40 minutes. The price also includes a free one day pass to London Transport Museum (which is about 10 minute walk from Aldwych).
You can book tickets here.
I had a rather more private tour a few years ago – and my photos from that to whet your appetite are here.
As access is down the old spiral emergency stairs the tour is not suitable for anyone with a mobility problem. Nor are under 16s permitted.
Not sure how much will be shown as there are two platforms but the older one is not as “h&s compliant” for public access, but it is for most people the first chance to visit a famous closed tube station that has often been used for filming and still has adverts from the 1970s decorating the walls.
160 stairs connect the ticket hall level to the platform level – there is no step-free access. They say that it is advisable therefore that you should have a moderate to high level of fitness.
Toilets are available at ticket hall level – might be worth turning up with a full bladder – after all, how often can you get to use an Edwardian loo in a disused tube station?