Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum
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The Museum displays the largest collection of British cars, cycles and motorcycles in the world and is designated as a collection of national importance. Visitors can explore over 150 years of unique history and there’s something different round every corner. Where else can you see the earliest British cars and cycles, Queen Mary’s State Limousine, a De Lorean ‘back from the future’ and two Land Speed record holders - all under one roof? But it's not just a place for the past – you can design your own car, feel what its like to break the sound barrier at 763 miles an hour, and even travel into the future. Every gallery is well presented with interactive displays ranging from simulators and computer games through to films, drawing sheets and soft-play building blocks.

With a world-renowned collection and dynamic displays the Museum is one of the major attractions in the West Midlands region.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Sun 10.00-17.00
Last entry 16.30

Closed: 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January

Admission charges

Free Admission for all visitors

Getting there

By Road
Coventry is close to the M1/M6/M40/M42. Follow signs to city centre and take junction 1 or 2. As a city centre attraction there is no parking available at the Museum itself however, city centre pay and display car parks are all within walking distance. The nearest car parks to the Museum are Bishop Street, West Orchards Shopping Mall, Fairfax Street and the Belgrade Plaza.

By Rail
There are excellent links to London Euston via Virgin Trains; Cross Country routes north and south and local services to Nuneaton and Northampton. The Museum is a 15-minute walk from the station. Buses numbered 17, 27 and 49 stop near the Museum.

By Bus
Most buses stop at Pool Meadow bus station or on Trinity Street, both of which are a 2 minute walk from the Museum. Coventry has a North and South Park & Ride services and both the North and South routes have a stop-off point at Junction of Corporation Street and Burges, which is very close to the Museum. The North route operates from the AT7 Centre in Bell Green which is to the north of the city centre. This location is ideal for the M6 Junction 3 - A444. The south route operates from Coventry's War Memorial Park situated on the Kenilworth Road/ A45.

Additional info

Visitors are advised to ring beforehand if interested in specific areas or items to ensure they are on display.

The entire collection of Coventry Transport Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Displaying the most comprehensive collection of the products of the Midlands motor industry, this museum demonstrates the central role played by the road transport industries of Great Britain, and the City of Coventry in particular, in the industrial, economic, social and cultural development of the world. The museum's splendid collection of 200 cycles ranges from an 1818 Hobby Horse to the latest BMX.

Its superb motor vehicle collection incorporates the largest display of British Daimlers, 200 cars and commercial vehicles from 1896 to date, 90 motorcycles from 1920 to date, Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC the world land speed record cars, and commercial vehicles.

The museum's extensive archives, open by prior appointment, sustain the argument that the car has been the greatest instrument of social change of the past century.

Collection details

Land Transport, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Thrust2 and ThrustSSC Land Speed Record Cars.
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Illustration of Santa's sleigh flying over a snowy Coventry

Visit Santa!

  • 24 November — 23 December 2016 *on now

This Christmas make family memories to cherish! Join us for a magical ride on an enchanting vintage sleigh. Journey to Lapland on this magical moving ride, pulled by two trusty reindeer. Meet Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift.
After 60 years at Coventry’s Co-op department store, Santa’s Sleigh ride has moved to Coventry Transport Museum. From Thursday 24 November, families can once again enjoy the magic and tradition of a visit to Santa on this extraordinary vintage ride. An experience like no other, the sleigh is uniquely nostalgic. Its original mechanics and fixtures have been maintained but unchanged since the 60s - they don't make them like this anymore!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Children £5 / accompanying adult £1.50. Entry fee includes a gift per child.
Cash only
Groups can book in advance for a discount, please call 024 7623 4270 to book or for further enquiries.
Visitors in a wheelchair can be assisted to the sleigh and with the help of a carer transfer into the sleigh.
Queues are expected, please arrive early to avoid disappointment. We reserve the right to close the ride at any time.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1193/visit_santa

Ted on his green Triumph motorbike

Ted Simon Talk – Jupiter Returns

  • 3 December 2016 2-4:30pm

Rev your sense of adventure this December and join us for a talk and Q&A with daring motorcyclist and twice-circumnavigator of the globe, Ted Simon. Discussing his 1973 and 2001 adventures, with the iconic Triumph Tiger and BMW R80GS, this afternoon of audacious anecdotes is perfect for motorcycle-enthusiasts and fans of intrepid tales alike.

Ted’s famous BMW R80GS will be arriving at Coventry Transport Museum between 10.30 – 11am, joining the Triumph Tiger in the museum’s Champions Gallery (so feel free to drop-in if you’re around).

Where

Old Grammar School
Hales Street
Coventry

Admission

Tickets are £5 - pay on the door
However, if you buy a Ted Simon Book at the event, (Jupiter’s Travels, Dreaming of Jupiter, Rolling through the Isles, and Jupiter’s Travels in Camera) your admission will be refunded.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1195/ted_simon_talk__jupiter_returns

A small decorative Santa sitting in a tin car

Santa's Workshop

  • 19 — 21 December 2016

While Santa looks after his sleigh ride, upstairs in our activity space we have a mini Christmas workshop! Come along and get crafty, making large paper stars, winter wands and jingle sticks.
Drop in
Children of any age are welcome but activities are particularly suitable for aged 4+. Entrance for under 2s is free.
Santa’s Family Trail FREE
Don’t forget to pick up your FREE Santa’s Family Trail, and follow Santa through our exhibitions decorating our Makaton Christmas tree as you go.
Trails are available at reception

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£2.
Children of any age are welcome but activities are particularly suitable for aged 4+. Entrance for under 2s is free.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1125/santas_workshop

Getting there

By Road
Coventry is close to the M1/M6/M40/M42. Follow signs to city centre and take junction 1 or 2. As a city centre attraction there is no parking available at the Museum itself however, city centre pay and display car parks are all within walking distance. The nearest car parks to the Museum are Bishop Street, West Orchards Shopping Mall, Fairfax Street and the Belgrade Plaza.

By Rail
There are excellent links to London Euston via Virgin Trains; Cross Country routes north and south and local services to Nuneaton and Northampton. The Museum is a 15-minute walk from the station. Buses numbered 17, 27 and 49 stop near the Museum.

By Bus
Most buses stop at Pool Meadow bus station or on Trinity Street, both of which are a 2 minute walk from the Museum. Coventry has a North and South Park & Ride services and both the North and South routes have a stop-off point at Junction of Corporation Street and Burges, which is very close to the Museum. The North route operates from the AT7 Centre in Bell Green which is to the north of the city centre. This location is ideal for the M6 Junction 3 - A444. The south route operates from Coventry's War Memorial Park situated on the Kenilworth Road/ A45.

Coventry Transport Museum
Millennium Place
Hales Street
Coventry
CV1 1JD
England

Website

www.transport-museum.com

E-mail

info@culturecoventry.com

Telephone

024 7623 4270

Fax

024 7623 4284

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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