Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum

Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum

Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Museum has a display of around 20 historic vehicles, transport artefacts, displays, photographs, a tea bar and a shop. The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum was established in 1997 when a group of enthusiasts, most of whom owned or part-owned a vintage bus or coach, needed collectively to provide for secure undercover accommodation for their vehicles. Initially occupying two IoW Council buildings on Newport Quay, these founder members leased one of the buildings, a former grain store, and established the original Museum which was open to the public during summer months. The Museum’s collection of vehicles and associated artefacts grew into an impressive display of the Island’s transport heritage.
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Steve K
Leamington Spa, UK39 contributions
Jun 2022
The bus museum is certainly worth adding to your itinerary when visiting the island, it is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers and it deserves to be recognised as a worthy attraction on the island. It is free to enter but a small donation helps to maintain the work ongoing in preserving a valuable piece of the IOW history, I certainly remember coming to the island as a child and seeing the green IOW buses travelling around. They serve tea & coffee & there is a small tuck shop too, there is visual access to the workshop area so you can see the buses that are currently undergoing restoration. There's memorabilia as well as the buses themselves on display to help to tell the history of the bus & coach network that has existed on the island, kids will be kept amused whilst you're there as there's plenty of stuff on show.
Written June 10, 2022
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Lala_Tink2008
Coleford, UK656 contributions
Aug 2021
To start with, this museum does not charge an entrance fee! This working old Southern Vectis bus garage is a piece of IOW history. The museum is crammed with vehicles and you are introduced by willing volunteers who explain about the museum. The sad part was you couldn't jump on to the vehicles because of the damned Covid! There is a small café and shop as well with numerous items for the avid bus fan. Seeing and old 'Bristol VR' reminded me of when I was a kid visiting the island for the day going to Blackgang Chine..... That was a few 'moons ago...
Written September 19, 2021
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Max160
Chichester, UK14 contributions
Jun 2022
I'm not really that interested in buses that date from the 1940s onwards but if buses are your 'thing,' then you will really enjoy this place, especially if it is raining outside. The volunteers that run it are exceedingly enthusiastic and friendly and there are lots of bus related items on display, such as old advertising boards for the trips. They reminded me of holidays spent on the Island with my grandmother in the 1960s. I thought it a pity that the location of the Museum is in such a run down and depressing part of Ryde. If the Museum was in a more attractive location with nicer surroundings, such as where the I.O.W. Railway is based at Haven Street, then I'm sure it would be immensely more popular and well known. As it was, my friends and I were the only people looking around for the time we were there and I thought the volunteer guides seemed surprised to see us upon arrival.
Written June 28, 2022
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Dagdabear
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK403 contributions
Sep 2021
If you were around in the 1960s and 1970s taking holidays in the UK more than likely you would have taken a bus or coach trip or tour and this small museum definitely brings back those "On the Buses" days.

Hidden in the back streets of Ryde is this collection of old vehicles. From horse-drawn stagecoaches to motor buses and coaches of all periods it has it all. Add to that entry is free, but a donation is asked for if you can oblige. Note opening times and days are limited even at peak times of the year so always check before visiting.

The volunteers are marvellous and knowledgeable and are willing to answer all your questions. There is a shop full of bus/coach books, toys and memorabilia as well as a small cafe. A fun visit.
Written September 27, 2021
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Dan H Boyle
Upminster, UK602 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Visited here with my 11 year old and he and I had a great time. So much history with the Island buses and around 20 exhibits or so, some of which you can climb aboard. There is interesting information regarding each of the buses and overall it was a great experience. There is transportation ranging from the 1880s up until the modern era so there is something for every bus/coach enthusiast.

Personally I would estimate between 60-90 minutes to look around but it is time well spent. The museum is free to enter but they would ask for a donation so the upkeep and restoration of the vehicles can continue. The volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and friendly as well and you don't feel at all rushed.

Ryde, St. John's Road is about a 10 minute walk away and there is also free parking at the museum.

At the end of the museum there is a cafe on a coach and there is a shop which sells models, maps, old Haynes manuals and much more.

A great experience and well worth a visit.
Written August 11, 2022
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fork_handles
Luton, UK1,820 contributions
Oct 2020
The IOW Bus Museum is an ideal location for those wet holiday days. Located in a former bus garage, the museum gives an overview of the vehicles and companies that once hauled holidaymakers round the Island on both public bus services and tours. The place is space restricted, so not all vehicles in the collection are there at one time. Plenty of social history too about the characters that worked for the companies. Tea bar and excellent book shop are well worth a visit if you want to stock up on some transport collectables. Open April to October on certain days a week, definitely worth a visit.
Written November 1, 2020
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Richard B
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
The IOW Bus & Coach museum is a very enjoyable and interesting place to visit whilst on the island. The volunteers are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the displays which adds a nice personal touch to the visit. The unique busses and coaches on display offer an insight into island travel throughout the years. There are also many artefacts on display of bus related memorabilia and historical items related to travel on the island. This museum is a must visit and I highly recommend it as a day out. Thank you to everyone at the museum :)
Written June 13, 2021
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Alders627
Hedge End, UK196 contributions
Sep 2021
We have a toddler who is obsessed with buses so to find this free attraction was a win.

Friendly volunteers, clean, plenty of parking.

There were two buses which my toddler was allowed to sit in the driving seat which made his day!

There is a cafe and shop at the end, where you can also make a donation.
Written September 6, 2021
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK815 contributions
Oct 2020
This is a lovely well presented museum about the past historic transportation on the Isle of Wight. It was an interesting experience and we loved seeing the old restored buses which belonged to a bygone era. – all for free. Beautiful lovingly cared for by the very pleasant volunteer staff who could not do enough to help you as well as being very informative. Thoroughly recommended for a couple of hours when you visit Ryde on the Isle of Wight, Bus fanatics could easily spend many hours here.
Written October 22, 2020
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paradise771716262
Ryde, UK60 contributions
Oct 2021
This museum is free entry and has a large selection of vintage buses available; in summer months they offer bus rides, but it wasn't running while I was there!.

The buses were kept in glorious condition! The 'cafe' is only drinks and snakes, they don't serve meals.

Very unusual items for sale in the gift shop, including ticket machines!
Written November 6, 2021
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Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum is open:
  • Sun - Mon 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Thu 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM