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“Barely a museum, but geek-friendly” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Transport Museum

National Transport Museum
Heritage Depot | Howth Demesne, Howth, Ireland
353-1-832-0427
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Ranked #8 of 8 Attractions in Howth
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Ennis, Ireland
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“Barely a museum, but geek-friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

OK, my five out of five does NOT mean this place is handsome, well laid out, or even a real museum. It is, instead, a place where an incredibly dedicated group of skilled volunteers work to save pieces of transport history from oblivion. This team of mostly retired guys have gone to amazing lengths to work on these relics of transportation, one at a time, restoring them to a condition in which they could, if provided the opportunity, roll out onto the roads or the tracks and do the work they were designed for. The place appears to have no funding. It operates in a disused, mostly unheated outbuilding of Howth Castle. But you can stroll among the crammed rows of retired buses and trolleys and have a conversation with one of the workers here, ask as many questions as you like, and learn a lot about the history of transport in Ireland.

Visited December 2012
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Navan, Ireland
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“Value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012 via mobile

A great place to bring the kids 5yo and up, lots of pieces that other museums would love. If anything it's downfall is they have so much stuff but not enough. But the effort and care put into each piece is there to be seen.

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Dublin Ireland
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“A hidden gem.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Who would have thought all of these ancient and old vehicles are hidden away in Howth - and what a location - the grounds of Howth Castle - right beside the Kitchen in the Castle. Loved seeing the old busses. But the trams are amazing and the restoration work is truly a labour of love on the part of the guys working there - well done. Absolutely worth a visit.

Visited November 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Cheap and Cheeful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

This is just at the back of the castle and cookery school and it's brilliant!! We stumbled on it by accident, it has some of the oldest modes of public transport from around Ireland. It really is great for €3.50 entry and if you enjoy touristy things!!

Visited January 2012
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