Crich Tramway Village - home of the National Tramway Museum

A 'Horsfield' car at Crich
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Take a tram ride through time. Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Explore fascinating exhibitions and watch trams being restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery. Plus children’s playground, tea-rooms, shops, and Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail.

George Stephenson Workshop Discovery and Learning Centre - come and explore the story of the Museum site and find out why trams were seen as the solution to inner city overcrowding.

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

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily mid-March until the end of October half-term
Spring Season
16th March – 12th April 10am – 4.30pm (last admissions 3pm). Except week-ends when we will close at 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).
Main Season
13th April – 8th September: 10am – 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm).
Autumn Season
9th September – 27th October: 10am – 4.30pm (last admissions 3pm) Except week-ends when we will close at 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).
Starlight Spectacular
Mon. 28th Oct. and Saturday 2nd Nov.: 10am – 8.30pm (last admissions 7pm; last tram 8.00pm)
Tues. 29th Oct. – Friday 1st Nov:. 10am – 7.30pm. (last admissions 6.00pm; last tram 7.00pm).
Last Day of the Season
Sun. Nov. 3rd: 10am – 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm; last tram 5.00pm)

Admission charges

Admission Prices 2017
Adults - £17.50
Seniors (60+) - £14.00
Children (4-15yrs) - £10.50
Family (2A+3C) - £40.50

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Additional info

accessible tram, with lift, available

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

Home to over 70 trams and a host of associated equipment, the Museum has sought to acquire an example of each important stage in the evolution of the British tramcar, a vehicle that dramatically influenced the growth of towns and cities. Significant foreign tramcars are also included. Selected tramcars are operated in a period street setting, thus allowing trackwork and overhead fittings to be viewed by the public in context. This is complemented by 16,000 square feet of exhibitions. The extensive library, archive, photographic and postcard collections, with material which ranges from company records and contemporary journals to personal items such as uniforms and papers, provides a source for the technical, social and economic history of urban transport world-wide.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Land Transport, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Portrait of Holroyd Smith in his later years, with a background of an engineering drawing for one of his tramcar designs

The Creative Genius of Michael Holroyd - History Maker

  • 16 March 2019 — 4 November 2028 *on now

The exhibition explores the life, inspiration and inventions of Michael Holroyd Smith, pioneer in electric traction and versatile electrical and mechanical inventor. Holroyd Smith is little known, except for his invention of the first electric street tramway, in 1885, but the Museum Archives show that Holroyd Smith should be recognised for much more than this. He influenced many other pioneers in the scientific and engineering world. His inventions included a very early automobile and he was experimenting with flight as early as 1879. The exhibition also explores STEM themes and includes hands-on exhibits, digital interactives and previously unseen at archive material. It has been funded by AIM Biffa Award through the History Makers Scheme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Available as part of admission to Crich Tramway Village

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

National Tramway Museum - Education Pack (KS1)

Pack includes general information for teachers, classroom activity sheets, photocopiable worksheets and pictures to encourage observation and information gathering skills.

Creator

  • Learning Department

Publisher

  • National Tramway Museum

How to obtain

Please call the Learning Department on 01773 854321.

Education Sessions

The Learning Department run a variety of facilitated sessions for groups using the exhibition spaces at the Museum and also the Woodland Walk. Bespoke sessions can be arranged for groups from Early Years to A Level and also SEN groups. Currently on offer:
Story Time for Early Years
Victorian and WW2 sessions for KS1 and 2
Tram Timeline for KS1 and 2
Habitats and Minibeastsfor KS1 and 2
Art and Design Sculpture Trail for KS1 and 2
ICT Diploma for 14-19 curriculum
Customer Care and Marketing for GCSE and A Level

Creator

  • Learning Department

How to obtain

For more details, or to make a booking, please contact the Learning Department on: 01773 854328/ 854339

Museum Library

Library of photographs, books, journals, pamphlets, timetables and legislation related to the history of trams. There is an online index.

Creator

  • National Tramway Museum

National Tramway Museum - Education Pack (KS2)

Pack includes information for teachers, photocopiable classroom activity sheets, worksheets and pictures to encourage observation and information gathering skills linked to the national curriculum.

Creator

  • Learning Department

Publisher

  • National Tramway Museum

How to obtain

Please call the Learning Department on 01773 854321.

National Tramway Museum - Exhibition Hall and Video Theatre

Shows history of trams, social history, street furniture and tram workings

Photo Archives

Over 10,000 images of trams. Trams from localities all over the UK and the world. On line viewing, prints available to order from the museum.

Creator

  • National Tramway Museum

Crich Tramway Village - home of the National Tramway Museum
Crich Tramway Village
Crich
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 5DP
England

Website

http://www.tramway.co.uk

Blog

http://www.crichtramwayvillagenews.blogspot.com/

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matlock-United-Kingdom/Crich-Tramway-Village/312856868397

Twitter

http://twitter.com/crichtramway

E-mail

General enquiries

enquiries@tramway.co.uk

Enquiries for schools, colleges, youth groups

education@tramway.co.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

01773 854321

Learning Department

01773 854328

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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