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“A Great Museum”

Coventry Transport Museum
Ranked #1 of 80 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Went specially to see the 'Scootermania' exhibition and was not disappointed. Well laid out, able to get good all round views. Cafe comfortable and not too expensive. Not time to see everything so will return sometime. Well worth the drive from East Yorkshire! (158 miles!)

Thank Vanna H
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We regularly visit with our 3 children. There is always something new to see and do, and all free of charge. We will be back later in the year.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

I took my son to The Coventry Transport Museum today having read reviews here on TripAdvisor. We were going to go to the Gaydon Heritage Motor Museum which is nearer to home but this looked bigger, better and cheaper. Well, it was definitely worth the just-over-an-hour drive. The staff were immediately welcoming and introduced us to the museum which as others have mentioned is FREE (quite remarkable given the quality). Although it was our half term it obviously wasn't holiday time in the West Midlands because the place was not crowded at all and we were able to enjoy everything at close quarters at our own pace. The exhibit rooms were brilliantly conceived with lots to see, read and buttons to press. The lighting was good, it was warm and it smelled nice (a weird thing to notice in a museum I know). The quality of the exhibits was astounding - a huge space-age vehicle from the Ridley Scott film Prometheus, Field Marshall Montgomery's actual Humber

Thank CandPSurrey
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

A friend remarked that there was special temporary exhibition of 'British' scooters running at the Museum, and went misty-eyed about the mods and rockers era. We decided to go along and see for ourselves - we'd visited the museum before but always like to see something a bit special. I wasn't a scooter fan in the past - although I've ridden some of the 400cc modern ones - and now I know why. Oh dear, some of those things were awful. They were a sort of cosmetic operations on someone else's frame, and the exhibits didn't take long to see. Having said that, it is good that something different is offered from time to time, my husband enjoyed viewing the items, perhaps the next 'special' will be more to my taste.

So, on to the main museum, which is an entirely different proposition, cars, buses, motorcycles, a few commercial vehicles, even a world land-speed monster and an armoured car, if you're keen on that aspect of motive power.The displays are, by and large, well laid out, some parts are a bit crowded for my taste as I like a good look round any exhibit from all sides.There was an area commemorating The Blitz, bit dark and spooky if you're only little - some of the children in a school party were not enthusiastic, but sadly, The Blitz was all too real, and so the display has its place.

The museum is free ('though they do like to sell you a guidbook), easily accessible by bus - use one of the Park and Ride services, (especially if you have a bus pass) - or there is a car-park nearby. there is a restaurant, nice clean toilets, a well-stocked gift shop and the staff are friendly and helpful. Great for half-term holidays, as there is also a big paved area at the front for youngsters to let off steam if they get bored with Gran and Grandad's nostalgia outing.

Thank Jacqueline H
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is a very well done museum! I really enjoyed my visit and learned a lot. I had no idea how important Coventry had been to the bicycle and car industry.

Thank Kitinefoodie
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