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“Coventry Transport Museum - A Treat for Motor Lovers”

Coventry Transport Museum
Ranked #1 of 77 things to do in Coventry
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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
Penrith, United Kingdom
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“Coventry Transport Museum - A Treat for Motor Lovers”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Coventry town suffered much during World War 2 Luftwaffe Air Raids and seems to be divided by large motorway by- passes. There are still some charming old Tudor buildings near the Cathedral gardens but the jewel of Coventry is the HUGE transport museum. Occupying a whole side of the town's main square are about five floors of vehicles. The Museum is a fascinating insight into motoring history.Starting with roofless Victorian early cars that resemble ancient mobility scooters when we reach the 1930's we find the massive bulk of the Queen Mothers Royal Daimler - the roof of which is exceedingly high in order to allow men to get in with their top hats on ! Rare classics like the 1950's Sunbeam Talbot Sports Car( a gents car) can be seen and I'm sure I spotted a 1940's Lagonda . I particularly liked the 1970's room - greats like the Triumph Stag Coupe and E-Type Jaguar alongside my personal favourite the Rover 2000 - much beloved by TV Cop shows - The Sweeney , Softly,Softly - and Heartbeat.. On the top floor are cars that have broken the World Speed Record in America - with an Astronaut aboard they would resemble a Moon Rocket. Take your camera - an essential on this visit.

Visited April 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Really good FREE day out.”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

I was surprised at how big the museum is. It is very well laid out and the displays are excellent. In the past we have paid to go into museums which have been really poor. We would have gladly paid to go into this one and they deserve all the donations they can get! My tip - wear comfortable shoes. Your in for a bit of a walk! We managed to find a car park not too far away which was really cheap too. Best free day out we have ever had. Would highly recommend!!.

Visited March 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Will definitely go again.”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

Amazing number of cars, motorbikes and bicycles made in Coventry over the years, so interesting. Nice cafe too.

Visited March 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Very Good”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

Been here a few times, and always enjoy a trip here with guests visiting for the weekend. Always surprised by how big it is and the range on show, and there is always something new (or something I have missed)

Always very clean and tidy with helpful staff. The Blitz section is also very good, although it does bring a sense of devastation to think how bad it was for those who were caught up in it.

Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a free trip with a few hours spare.

Visited March 2014
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Coventry, uk
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“Great family venue”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

Didn't think I'd enjoy it but I did! Very informative, interactive, interesting and there's even a ride inside! Great family day out or u can go solo and look round at your own leisurely pace - all for free!!

Visited August 2013
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