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Aldgate tube station

Station entrance
Aldgate is located in Central London
Location of Aldgate in Central London
Location Aldgate
Local authority City of London
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 1
OSI Fenchurch Street [1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 6.24 million[2]
2012 6.65 million[2]
2013 6.88 million[2]
2014 7.22 million[2]
Key dates
18 November 1876 (18 November 1876) Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
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Aldgate is a London Underground station located at Aldgate on the eastern edge of the City of London. It is on the Circle line between Tower Hill and Liverpool Street, the eastern terminus of the Metropolitan line and is in Travelcard Zone 1.[3]

Aldgate was opened in 1876 with its entrance on Aldgate High Street. The nearby Aldgate East station opened eight years later[4] and is served by the District and Hammersmith & City lines.[3]


  • History 1
    • 7 July 2005 bombings 1.1
  • Services 2
    • Circle line 2.1
    • Metropolitan line 2.2
  • Connections 3
  • Literature 4
  • Gallery 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7


The route first proposed ran south from Moorgate to Cannon Street, but this was soon amended to the present alignment to allow connection with three additional termini: Liverpool Street, Broad Street, and Fenchurch Street.[5] However, this change also forced an awkward doubling-back at Aldgate, reducing the desirability of the line for local traffic and greatly increasing the cost of construction due to high prices in the City of London.[5]

The station was opened on 18 November 1876 with a southbound extension to Tower Hill opening on 25 September 1882, completing the Circle (line).[5] Services from Aldgate originally ran further west than they do now, reaching as far as Richmond, and trains also used to run from Aldgate to Hammersmith (the Hammersmith & City line now bypasses the station). It became the terminus of the Metropolitan line in 1941. Before that, Metropolitan trains had continued on to the southern termini of the East London Line.

7 July 2005 bombings

In 2005, one of four bombs used in the

Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
Circle line
towards Edgware Road (via Victoria)
Metropolitan line Terminus
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd.  

Further reading

  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel).  
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  3. ^ a b  
  4. ^ Clive's Underground Line Guides - District line
  5. ^ a b c d e Clive's Underground Line Guides - Circle line
  6. ^ a b Laville, Sandra; Aslam, Dilpazier (14 July 2005). "Trophy-rich athlete who turned to jihad". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Clive's Underground Line Guides - Metropolitan line
  8. ^ "Circle line timetable: From Aldgate Underground Station to Tower Hill Underground Station".  
  9. ^ "Circle line timetable: From Aldgate Underground Station to Liverpool Street Underground Station".  
  10. ^ a b c "Metropolitan line timetable: From Aldgate Underground Station to Liverpool Street Underground Station".  
  11. ^ a b "Buses from Aldgate and Fenchurch Street" (PDF).  



Aldgate is also mentioned in John Creasy's 1955 detective novel Gideon's Day.

In the story, the body of a junior clerk named Cadogan West is found on the tracks outside Aldgate, with a number of stolen plans for the Bruce-Partington submarine in his pocket. It seems clear enough that "the man, dead or alive, either fell or was precipitated from a train." But why, wonders Holmes, did the dead man not have a ticket? It turns out that the body was placed on top of a train carriage before it reached Aldgate, via a window in a house on a cutting overlooking the Metropolitan line. Holmes realises that the body fell off the carriage roof only when the train was jolted by the dense concentration of points at Aldgate.

Aldgate station plays a role in the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (published in the anthology His Last Bow).


London Bus routes 25, 40, 42, 67, 78, 100, 115, 135, 205 and 254, and night routes N205, N253, N550 and N551 serve the station.[11] Additionally, bus route 25 has a 24-hour bus service.[11]


During peak hours there are also fast and semi-fast services to Amersham, Chesham, Uxbridge and Watford.[7] Note that there are no semi-fast services to Chesham and semi-fast services to Amersham and Uxbridge are in the morning peaks only. There is also an all-stations service to Watford in the morning peaks only.[7]

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:

Metropolitan line

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:

Circle line



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