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“More than just a collection of old buses”

Museum of Transport
Ranked #29 of 190 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Discover Greater Manchester's public road transport history with the Museum of Transport, approximately one mile north of Manchester City Centre near Manchester Fort Shopping Park. Open every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday (and every day in August) from 10am until 4.30pm. Adults £4.00, students / over 60s £2.00, accompanied children under 16 visit free. Take a trip back in time with one of Britain’s biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. From a Victorian horse drawn bus to the prototype Metrolink tram, see and sit in fascinating vehicles that took Greater Manchester folk to work, shops and outings to the coast and countryside.Leaving a review?: Please note we have no planes, cars or motorbikes, nor a planetarium! If you saw these it is likely you visited the Museum of Science and Industry on Liverpool Rd Manchester City Centre and not us!
Reviewed September 10, 2012

For anyone who is sad that today's bus is no more than a box on wheels to get somebody from A to B, and harks back to the day when buses oozed character despite having suspension akin to a fairground ride, this is the place for you. The collection consists of two old bus sheds filled to the brim with buses from the 1930s to 1970s plus the occasional more modern exhibit. The buses are mainly from Lancashire plus north Cheshire and North Derbyshire, covering all the independent bus fleets before some smart (?) person decided to paint them all orange and name them after fictitious counties.

Some of the buses are open for access and on some it is necessary to be accompanied by one of the very helpful and knowledgeable volunteers. For the real enthusiast, the volunteers will provide you with no end of useful and incidental information about buses, routes, timetables, ticket machines and anything else you care to ask. Unlike many other places, they are also willing to listen to any information you as a visitor can provide, that they may not have known about before, to be used in the future for the benefit of other visitors.

Many of the buses are in full operating condition, and others are simply waiting for funds to renovate or simply to acquire that elusive spare part. The walls are full of old transport related artefacts, and photographs of old buses that have long since gone to meet their maker. At the front of the museum is a small shop selling die-cast models and other interesting things.

And finally, the icing on the cake, when entering the museum, you become immediately aware of the unforgettable smell of engineering.

Thank PeterLanky
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Just spent a rainy bank holiday here with my husband and 5year old daughter. Wasn't sure if she would like it as she is quite girly but she had a ball climbing in and out of buses and trams pretending to drive etc. yes it looks olde worlde but that was part of the charm for me- you feel transported back in time. It is run by volunteers and that made it feel very personal- thy took an interest in showing my daughter things.
It doesn't have the slik modern feel of the bigger museums but I liked that, besides it has everything you may want in the way of a small gift shop and a really cheap cafe. At £8 entry fee, a couple of drinks and biscuits we had a great family day out for just over £10.
Will be back!M

Thank macca168
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Great place if your little ones are into buses, transport. Extremely friendly staff, good value for money, cafe so reasonably priced.

Thank C W
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

A great place to visit with a vast collection of vintage buses which were part of our history. My kids really enjoyed. the staff's were really helpfull and down to earth explaining each vechile. A hidden beautiful place to visit with family and friends. I,ll visit again and hope to take an annual pass. I have already recommended to my friends and they will all visit in comming days.

Thank Chackochi
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

This was my first visit, I'm a childminder and I had five children aged 2-7. I paid £4 entrance and the children were free. They were all given a clipboard with questions and items to spot. The sheets were good for all ages and we spent two hours in there.

There is a small tearoom and the prices were very reasonable.

Staff were lovely and there are few buses the children could play on and dress up in hats/overalls etc.

Would recommend this place and would even return with family.

Thank manchester1234
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Paul W, Manager at Museum of Transport, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2012

Thanks for your feedback! The Museum is open every day in August from 10am to 4.30pm.

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