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“Great way to spend an afternoon”

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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed October 8, 2013

This exhibition shows the background and development of what was the British motor industry now sadly gone. Good exhibits and the land speed record simulator was worth the small charge.
Well laid out and could have spent more time if the feet had been willing.

Thank Ian H
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Fantastic layout and collection - well worth a visit as there was plenty to see and it was free - pleasant, helpful guides - nice coffee

Thank johntheorganist
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

I went with two friends while our wives shopped nearby. The whole museum is very well laid out and has some extremely interesting sections. There are large collections of cycles and motorbikes in addition to all the cars. The information for each exhibit is OK but sometimes a bit more would have been nice. The café is also very good and the prices are reasonable. It is certainly a well spent two hours looking around.

Thank Cheshire174
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

I have recently visited again. The lifts are incredibly dodgy. Ours kept getting stuck and I was a little worried that we were going to get trapped in there.

Now, to ride the simulator, there is now a small charge of £1.50 but it is definitely worth it. It has changed a lot over recent years. You can no longer sit at the breakfast table in the old American style diner in the motorbike section and there is no longer a Penny Farthing that you can sit on and have your photo taken on, which I find disappointing.

Despite it not being what it used to be, I still can't believe that this attraction is free in this day and age as it is fantastic. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank ClarehTM
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband wanted to visit here for ages and I kept putting it off as I thought it would be boring , how wrong I was ! It was well worth the visit , cant fault anything ! I wasn't bored once and my husband was in his element , even the children enjoyed it. The displays excellent, staff informative and helpful, info good, very interesting !We will recommend this to others and we will go again , AND ITS FREE !!!!!!!

Thank 711Shamus
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