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“Brings history alive”

Museum of Transport
Ranked #28 of 188 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 November 25, 2013

Good family friendly museum. You can get up close with the displays, look out for special events and visit other museums in Manchester or grab a film, make a day of it.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Never again.... I suppose it does what it says on the tin. It s clean, but climbing up double decker buses lost its spark quickly. There is the option of looking at different patterned seats throughout the decades.....

4  Thank hayley584
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

What strikes you most when visiting this place is the pride and passion that every one of the staff evidently has for the vehicles in their care - particularly recommended, if you get the opportunity, is to visit on one of the weekends when several of these beautiful elderly vehicles are out on the road offering rides (dates on the website). On these dates a vintage bus provides a service from outside Manchester's Victoria station; else it's just a 10 minute bus or metro ride, and a short walk to Boyle Street. One of the finest transport museums in the UK.

3  Thank a_walkers
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

An excellent museum with lots to see run by enthusiastic volunteers. A bonus when we visited was that there was a free vintage bus service from Manchester Victoria railway station to and from museum. Our group was a mixture of males and females of retirement age and we all enjoyed the visit.

1  Thank Foggyphil
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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.

Thank John C
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