Coventry Transport Museum

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

Website

www.transport-museum.com

E-mail

enquiries@transport-museum.com

Telephone

024 7623 4270

Fax

024 7623 4284

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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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Coventry Transport Museum Relaunch

  • 20 June 2015

Coventry Transport Museum is set for a spectacular relaunch event after a stunning £9m transformation.

At this special relaunch event on Millennium Place outside the museum, people can witness a thrilling stunt show and take part in a variety of motoring fun which will culminate in a ribbon cutting and the official relaunch of the museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/event/277/coventry_transport_museum_relaunch_.aspx

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.
May Half Term: My World Journey

May Half Term: My World Journey

  • 23 — 31 May 2015

Create your little mini me and set off on a journey through the museum, pack your miniature suitcases with your compass, 3D map and fabric postcard, and travel through the history of Coventry transport.

All workshops are drop in and are suitable for age 5+ unless otherwise stated but all are welcome. Please visit www.transport-museum.com for full details.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Workshop prices vary, please visit www.transport-museum.com for full details.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/event/275/may_half_term_my_world_journey__.aspx

Classic Car Breakfast Club

  • 13 June 2015 9-11am

Your chance to see an array of magnificent classic cars and vintage motorcycles displayed on Millennium Place outside the Museum, as classic vehicle owners meet up for coffee and cake.

Classic vehicle owners can register their vehicles by visiting www.transport-museum.com, places are limited.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Classic vehicle owners can register their vehicles by visiting www.transport-museum.com, places are limited.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/event/256/coventry_transport_museum_classic_car_breakfast_club.aspx

World Record Attempt

  • 14 June 2015

A unique opportunity to witness history in the making right here in Coventry! See 2000 classic cars parading round Coventry’s famous ring road in an attempt to break two world records.

As part of the celebrations for the relaunch of Coventry Transport Museum following an impressive £9m transformation project, the Museum is planning to simultaneously break the Guinness World Records for the Largest Parade of Classic Cars and the Largest Parade of Jaguar Cars.

The route of the parade, which must measure at least two miles in order to meet Guinness World Record rules, will start at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and will include part of the city’s famous inner ring road.

Classic car owners can take part in the World Record attempts, by registering their interest by no later than 15th May, please go to www.transport-museum.com for more details.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Classic car owners can take part in the World Record attempts, by registering their interest by no later than 15th May, please go to www.transport-museum.com for more details.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/event/270/guinness_world_record_attempts.aspx

Classic Car Breakfast Club

  • 11 July 2015 9-11am

Your chance to see an array of magnificent classic cars and vintage motorcycles displayed on Millennium Place outside the Museum, as classic vehicle owners meet up for coffee and cake.

Classic vehicle owners can register their vehicles by visiting www.transport-museum.com places are limited.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Classic vehicle owners can register their vehicles by visiting www.transport-museum.com places are limited.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/event/257/coventry_transport_museum_classic_car_breakfast_club.aspx

Classic Car Breakfast Club

  • 15 August 2015

Your chance to see an array of magnificent classic cars and vintage motorcycles displayed on Millennium Place outside the Museum as classic vehicle owners meet up for coffee and cake.

Classic vehicles owners can register their vehicles by visiting www.tansport-museum.com Places are limited.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Classic vehicles owners can register their vehicles by visiting www.tansport-museum.com Places are limited.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/event/258/coventry_transport_museum_classic_car_breakfast_club.aspx

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.

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