A brilliant opportunity to visit one of London’s disused underground stations…what will we find….back in 2013 my daughter and I booked ourselves onto one of the Aldwych London Underground Station tours run by the London Transport Museum …
I love the hidden aspects of London and the fact that there is a whole world beneath our feet, much of which goes unnoticed and unseen by millions of people every day. I found this tour to be suitably informative, interesting, on the slightly spooky side and I’m sure there are a few ghosts lingering in those tunnels and on the platforms; in a word: terrific!!!
If you want to book for one of these tours, you’d do well to keep a close eye on their website, the tours are VERY popular and usually booked up well in advance http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/events-calendar#aldwych
Deep below the streets of London lie the disused platforms and tunnels the disused Aldwych Underground Station. Usually closed to the public, London Transport Museum have arranged dates for public tours to take place.
The station was originally named Strand as it was built on the site of the Strand Theatre, but was later renamed to Aldwych meaning ‘old village’.
Aldwych is one of London’s mysterious places, holding secrets and memories of London’s forgotten life and work underground. It opened to the public in 1907 was never heavily used as originally intended and closed nearly 100 years later in 1994. The station has had a varied history; it provided shelter to Londoners during the Blitz and has been used for film shoots including Patriot Game, Mr Selfridge and Atonement.
The tours started on 7 November 2013 and involve groups of up to 40 people being escorted by volunteer tour guides into the ticket hall and then down to the platforms and inter-connecting walkways – including some that have very rarely been seen by the public.
Tickets must be booked in advance by booking online or calling 020 7565 7298. Please do check their website or your ticket for their latest T&C’s.
All tickets include a free entry to London Transport Museum to be used within one month of the stated Aldwych station tour date and 10% off items in the Covent Garden shop for up to a month after their visit (on production of a valid ticket).
Important access information
Access to the platform is by staircase only and there is no working lift in operation. 160 stairs connect the ticket hall level to the platform level – there is no step-free access.
- Visitors should wear sturdy shoes. Guests wearing open toe sandals, shoes or high-heels will be refused entry due to a health and safety requirements.
I so enjoyed this fascinating look at the workings of the forgotten underground, the tunnels and passages seemingly heading off into nowhere……
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Things to see in the area:
old entrance to Strand Station – on Strand
Two island churches:
St Mary le Strand
St Clement Danes
The Royal Courts of Justice