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“One of the best transport museums in the country”

Museum of Transport
Ranked #29 of 174 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!
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“One of the best transport museums in the country”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

I went to the event today, the bus running day. Starting with the negative, it wasn't as good as previous years' which all had a theme and more visiting vehicles and what I particularly liked, a programme/brochure for £2 which was like a small book. Today I asked for a programme and all I got for £1.50 was an A4 timetable sheet (though it was reduced when bought with a guidebook, said guidebook is good). I would like to see a return of the event brochure for another year.

There were problems with the timetable due to really bad roadworks round Victoria - everyone did very well to cope with that, it must have been frustrating for the drivers. Maybe another year allow a bit longer in the timetable for the journey if these roadworks keep going on.

On to the positive, the variety of buses was good and as always they were very well presented. The museum staff are fantastic, really friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming, a real credit. £4 admission is very reasonable, you get a lot for it, the thing I like about the museum is you see something different every time. The exhibits in the museum are really well presented and cover so much history. The route today up to Heaton Park was also good and allowed the opportunity to ride on many different buses from the old North Western Bristol to the 1970s example.

Visited October 2013
Thank John C
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“Museum of Transport”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

The location was a little tricky to find until you look at the end of the street and see a beautiful bus! Once you go in (4£ adults and over 16 years old), you are greeted by a cheerful and proud staff. There is a little shop for souvenirs and then you walk through a short hall to an open garage of buses. Many of the attractions are labeled to let you know which ones you can get on and which ones you need to stay off of. This is a garage and it is well kept. We had a great tour guide who knows a lot about buses for an engineer:-) He stayed with us for most of the tour and he was able to expertly answer all questions. You can see the pride that these gentlemen have in their craft. Some of the buses are still fully functional for special occasions and they some how are able to either find or fabricate what ever parts they need to keep these historic machines running. There is a food court for snacks and drinks available as well as a restroom facility.

Overall, what made this trip special was the staff and the TLC that they put into showing off the buses. If you are into rich public transportation vehicles, this is the place to see!

Visited September 2013
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“Oh for the love of buses”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

This place is a amazing place for the history of public transport in Greater Manchester, it mainly focuses on buses, from the 1930's up until some buses which were running 10 or 15 years ago, showing how a inspectors office used to look like, old bus uniforms,old ticket machines, buses in the different former liveries of the boroughs of Greater Manchester,and the old GM buses, plenty of buses you could get on and have your photograph taken, a bit on the history of trams, including a lovely horse drawn tram, some old buses in need of restoration, and a old trolley bus.

Great that the museum is in a former bus depot, the staff are brilliant knowledgable volunteers, lovely old bus style cafe, what is not to love, children will love this marvelous place.

Visited September 2013
Thank Bazonian
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“nice place”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

very nice... I would say it is a interesting place to visit... and If you are going there with friends or family I am sure you will enjoy more. However

Visited August 2013
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“Run by volunteers with lots of knowledge”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is a museum for fans of public transport in Manchester.
In addition the museum is run by volunteer who have worked in the transport industry and can tell you so much about transport in the Greater Manchester region.

We saw some of the old buses and had explanations as to how they could make buses lower but keep them double deckered simply by putting the gangwalk on the right instead of the middle.

Fabulous afternoon

Visited August 2013
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