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“Great day out”

Coventry Transport Museum
Ranked #1 of 79 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, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great day out”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We visited the museum this last weekend with my two small nephews aged 9 and 6. Wasn't sure whether they would enjoy it but we were very pleasantly surprised. As we wandered through the exhibits we realised that there was an inter-active screen that explained lots of the exhibits and the people who were alive at the time. Part of the screen was also 'signed' for deaf visitors which was especially good.

No-one minded if you took photographs and there were several exhibits where you could 'sit on' or get very close to which the children thoroughly enjoyed

And best of all - it was FREE - definitely somewhere to visit

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Janet H
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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“The Perfect Family Experience”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Coventry's Transport Museum provides a glimpse in the rear view mirror of Coventry's proud motoring heritage. If you're in Coventry it is definitely a place you should visit. Lots of different types of transport to see and it's all free!

Visited January 2014
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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“great day out”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

If you want a great day out for free ( apart from the gift shop ) then go to the transport museum. It has everything in the motor trade, bikes, motorbikes, cars, sinclair c5, F1 cars, buses ( the one that toured the city in 1987 ), old toys on display and for a small fee, you can sit in a simulator and experience breaking the land speed record. My kids love going here, because they get to see and touch things, that you are not normally allowed to do in a museum. I cannot recommend it enough, if you only visit once, you must try it.

Visited July 2013
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Stourbridge UK
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great museum in transition”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Have known this place for many years and it is currently going through a major revamp/revision, much of it for the better. The entrance is a great improvement and there is a decent cafe at last, but the book shop, which used to include a good selection on motoring and cars in general, is now more tourist/souvenir oriented. On their way out too are two fine galleries on the local cycle and motorcycle industires - they will be missed. Despite this it is well worth a visit and it is also FREE to go in!

Visited January 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

I last visited the museum many years ago, but with 2 toddler grandchildren I decided to make a visit, and boy was I pleased that I did! There is so much to see that I can see several future visits as well! And all for free - well done Coventry - makes me proud to be a Coventry kid!

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Caroline G
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