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“Great visit for families”

Coventry Transport Museum
Ranked #1 of 76 things to do in Coventry
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great visit for families”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Visited with Grandchild aged 3. Well spaced out, relaxed, visit in your own time and FREE. Vehicles were well displayed and signs informative. Little one loved the pencil and paper activities and construction kits. Will visit again on own to spend a little more time there.

Visited November 2012
Thank Carol W
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Trip down memory lane”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Visiting the Transport museum is like taking a trip down memory lane it brings back such nostalga I am so glad that a younger generation can look back and see what transport used to be like. It is so interesting with video links to complete the audio effects..

Visited October 2012
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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“Good family day out and free entry!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Good for a family day out when the weather isn't too great. The land speed record ride is ceratinly worth paying to have a ride in.

Visited January 2012
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“Loads to see - and it's free!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

This was our second visit - two adults and two children (5 and 2). There were a few improvements from last time including a few more interactive exhibits. There is an excellent variety of things to see and great pride shown in Coventry's motor industry. One of the highlights is Thrust SSC, and there is something to interest everyone. It's a shame there is nowhere for families to sit and eat their own food as you could easily spend most of the day at the museum. Children's activity packs are available for a small charge.

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“first class!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

You could easily spend a whole day here, we only allowed an afternoon and had to rush quite a bit. As you would expect, a fantastic collection of vehicles, ranging from the very earliest cars to the huge vehicle from the film 'Prometheus', with the 2 speed record cars 'thrust 2' and 'thrust ssc', Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregors bikes, concept cars, old fire engines.... I'm not a car enthusiast really but the range of cars etc on display meant there was something for everyone. There was also some good social history, including car worker strikes, factory closures and an excellent and moving section on the war in Coventry. There is a well-stocked shop and a cafe (not visited) and the museum is 10 minutes walk from the station. Well worth going to Coventry for!

Visited November 2012
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