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“Absolutely fantastic!”

Coventry Transport Museum
Ranked #1 of 77 things to do in Coventry
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Owner description: If you're looking for a fantastic FREE day out for all the family, you can't beat Coventry Transport Museum. In the heart of Coventry city centre, this huge Museum is home to the world's largest collection of British road transport, and a visit whisks you away into a world of stories of real people, real passions and real hope.You'll discover the stories behind the people who made Coventry the centre of the world's motor and cycle industries, and get up close and personal with the actual vehicles that defined some of history's most important moments. The Museum is laid out as a journey through time - you'll wander 19th Century streets and discover the first bicycles, carriages and cars, then explore the first car factories and gasp as you witness their wartime destruction in the Blitz Experience. The journey continues through the Boomtown, Spirit of Speed and Ghost Town galleries to bring you right up to the present day.A visit to the Museum brings you face to face with Royal cars, military vehicles, and cars that played vital parts in their drivers' life stories - none more so than the current Land Speed Record holding vehicle, ThrustSSC, which lives at the Museum. Not only can you marvel at this spectacular piece of British engineering, you can experience for yourself what it's like to travel through the sound barrier at over 760mph in the ThrustSSC Simulator. ***Please Note*** Coventry Transport Museum is undergoing a major redevelopment programme during 2014 and the early part of 2015. The Museum remains open throughout this work but you are advised to check the Museum's website to see how your visit may be affected.***
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Heywood, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic!”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

I, my husband, son and daughter, aged 16 and 14 and our 6 year old grandson loved this museum. The museum doesn’t have it’s own parking so we parked in a long stay public car park, Leicester Row, £3.50 for all day and was only 5-10 minutes walk way. The architecture of the building itself is stunning; it’s such a beautiful modern structure and looks so impressive. Once inside amongst the galleries, you can see the passion the museum has for its subject. The galleries are so well produced, many are reconstructions of streets and there’s a re-enactment of a street during the Blitz. Our 6 year old found this too noisy (although he is overly sensitive) so I quickly walked him through, but there is a route that bypasses the exhibit altogether. We all especially loved the exhibit dedicated to the breaking of the landspeed record. The museum has the 2 fastest cars in the world on display and my husband, son and daughter rode on a simulator of the fastest car ThrustSSC’s landspeed success for only £1 each! A fabulous price. There was actually an apology that they charged that much! What a humble organisation. They all loved the ride, both of my children excitedly recounting their experience to me. My husband and I loved seeing cars we remember fondly from our childhoods, a TR7 and a DeLorean. There are many race cars and vintage cars and other forms of transport. My family was particularly pleased to see the bikes and support vehicles of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, as we all enjoyed watching their endeavours on the TV. There is plenty to keep a family amused, with various hands on things for children, (and adults!) and we spent £1.50 on a quiz for our youngest. It wasn’t too hard and gave him a sense of achievement as he found the answers to his questions. We had some lunch in the café attached to the museum, Esquires. We had some lovely sandwiches with a lovely dressed salad. Our drinks rivalled anything we’ve had in Costa and Starbucks. We had a wonderful day, it was a revelation that it was free and we would have felt embarrassed not to have left a donation for such a great time so we duly popped some money in the donation box. I can’t recommend this enough, we were only passing through on our way to a holiday in Suffolk, but if you ever have chance to go, do so, support this museum it deserves it.

Visited August 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Eventually Facinating”
Reviewed August 30, 2011

We had gone to Coventry to see the Cathedral but also went to the Transport Museum because of TripAdvisor reports. Once you get involved with this excellently presented museum, which takes about two hours to tour - you can even pass the sound barrier on land in a simulator - It becomes varied and interesting for all ages. GO!

Visited August 2011
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Croydon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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“Great day out so much to see.”
Reviewed August 22, 2011

The whole family loved this Museum. For a small charge ( £3.00 ) kids got to make there own t shirt which went down well. All the Staff we met were so helpful. I loved seing the 6 wheel F1 car and the Thrust SSC holder of the land speed record.

Visited August 2011
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A Free Trip Down Memory Lane in a Variety of Vehicles!”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

A great free museum, looking at road transport in the UK through the lens of the local manufacturing industry in Coventry... including a look at how the blitz affected Coventry and an analysis of what happened to the British car industry and why. Bikes, motorbikes, buses and cars aplenty. Lots to keep all ages interested, and nostalgia in bucketloads. What isn't publicised well enough is the fact that this museum houses the 2 fastest cars in the world... Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC, with an interesting display about them. Its well worth spending the £1 for the simulator ride... not so much for the ride itself, but for the introduction to the SSC car. They also suggest purchasing the souvenir guide at £5, and again it is a worthwhile purchase. Friendly staff and volunteers also.

Visited August 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great attraction with old vehicles and great for kids”
Reviewed August 18, 2011

Amazing collection of all modes of public transport. Loved all of the old buses and rail cars. Good gift shop but a little pricey for what was on offer. Great attraction for kids but can be crowded on weekends.

Visited May 2011
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