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“Quality experience ....and free”

Coventry Transport Museum
Ranked #1 of 76 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: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Warwick, United Kingdom
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“Quality experience ....and free”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

I have never been interested in motor vehicles or transport of any kind so when my daughter suggested we go and visit the museum, i wasn't very keen. But we were close by and we had time to kill so in we went.
We first turned left into a smallish section and once we had done that, we went past the starting point and went right into another section. I thought that was the end of it and did not expect it to be much bigger. But it was way bigger than I imagined with something different round every corner.
There is a section on the Coventry Blitz and then there is even an upstairs bit.
Bikes, cars, a simulator. I wasn't bored at all. I have paid entry into attractions that are nowhere near this good.

Visited November 2010
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“Excellent museum free and fun”
Reviewed September 3, 2011

This museum is amazing for the car/transport enthusiast. Cars and transport dating back to the 1800s. Not only is it free, (although you can contribute by buying a brochure) but its huge! took us 3 hours to look about, we had a 4yr old with us with pushchair, and has easy access all round.
There is fun for the kids with colouring points and search and draw with he help of some print-outs for the older kids. There is an area for kids to paint their own t-shirt also for a small fee. There is a cafe also.
All in all a great interesting day.

Visited September 2011
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Heywood, United Kingdom
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“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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“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
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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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