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
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.
February Half Term at Coventry Transport Museum: Do the Robot

February Half Term at Coventry Transport Museum: Do the Robot

  • 14 — 22 February 2015

There's heaps of exciting and creative workshops on throughout the week of February half term taking place at Coventry Transport Museum from robot vests to creating your own pocket robot!

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 February
Robot Canvases - £5
Sat: 1pm – 2.30pm
Sun: 11am – 12.30pm
Personalise your own bedroom wall with a colourful robot canvas.
Suitable for age 6+. Advance booking and payment is required. Please call 024 76234270.

Monday 16 February
Robot Bookmarks - £1
10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Robot fans will love to read with these fun friends to guide them.
Drop in. Content suitable for age 5+ but all are welcome.

Tuesday 17 February
Pocket Robots - £1
10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Create these cute robots to add to your collection.
Drop in. Content suitable for age 5+ but all are welcome.

Wednesday 18 February
Robot Scratch Art Magnets - £1
10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Scratch your own designs onto these specially coated robots to reveal metallic effects.
Drop in. Content suitable for age 5+ but all are welcome.

Thursday 19 February
Robot Plates - £2
10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Have some robotic fun creating your own designs on plates using special pens.
Drop in. Content suitable for age 5+ but all are welcome.

Friday 20 February
Robot Vests - £1
10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
These clever vests will help you look just like a robot!
Drop in. Content suitable for age 5+ but all are welcome.

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 February
Clay Robot Faces - £5
Sat: 1pm – 2.30pm
Sun: 11am – 12.30pm
Use your imagination to sculpt a robot face using air drying clay in this exciting workshop.
Suitable for age 6+. Advance booking and payment is required. Please call 024 762342.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Individual workshop charges apply.
Selected workshops require booking, please go to www.transport-museum.com.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/

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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