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“Boyhood dreaming”

Coventry Transport Museum
Ranked #2 of 83 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, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 23, 2013

On a recent visit to the UK, visited this amazing complex which took me back to the 50's and 60's. Saw my first car, a Triumph Herald which had one side of the vehicle exposed to show the it's framing and engine details. Also, having purchased a Tiger Cub motorbike in my teens for £10, I was overjoyed at seeing a replica, which almost tempted me to ride it out of the centre. This is a must for children to witness transportations heritage in such presentation and detail.

Thank davidgilbert4
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Normally specialised museums can be dull, think Leeds Armoury, a worthy collection which just goes on and on. This museum is different, it's well laid out and let's the exhibits shine through rather than be crowded out by edutainment. It also does two thing very well. The first is the range and scope of exhibits ensures intellectual tingle rather than mind numbing sameness. The second it waves as a subtext the industrial modern history of Coventry. While I can think of the odd person who would not enjoy this place, it is place that you can easily revisit with friends and family knowing safely they will find something of interest.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Hosted a conference dinner in April at the Coventry Transport Musueum including a private tour of the exhibits and then dinner on the mezzanine floor with two cars in the room.

Firstly, this is FREE. Yes, you read that Free. How often do you get a good, non-economical experience! Yay for Free.

This place really brings out the motor heritage of Coventry including Peugoet, Jaguar, Triumph and others from the local area. A clear highlight must the Thrust cars used in the Land Speed record attempts.

Even for people not interested in cars, they found this a good interesting walk around and the food at the venue was excellent for our evening function.

Should you be in Coventry this is definitely worth taking a look at.

Thank PhilAndrews77
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

So much information, very well displayed. Never managed to see it all in under 2 hours, so we would recommend a whole afternoon there! It's always changing too, so think about going back every so often.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We loved this museum. I have lived in Coventry for nearly 10 years and this was my first visit. Good value for money and much bigger that you think from the outside

Thank The_Pavillion
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