Grampian Transport Museum
Grampian Transport Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located in the vibrant village of Alford, just 45 minutes from Aberdeen, the museum boasts an impressive range of transport exhibits, from travelling chariots of the 1800s, to some of the fastest cars ever made. Every season the museum refreshes around one-third of its exhibits – this year's exhibition includes "Kings' Cars", which includes the first car owned by the royal family! Another highlight is 'It's Electric', which gives an in-depth look at the past, present and future of electric vehicles. A few old favourites remain, including our MACK Snowplough, Billy Connolly's Boom Lowrider motortrike and one of our Curator's favourites, the ex-Grampian Police Rover SD1 Vitesse. Our Tea Room serves an array of hot drinks, light lunches and snacks.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Al S
    Austin, Texas364 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum
    Superb Museum. Loads of exhibits with tons of great information on everything from bikes , carriages. trams , trains , cars , motorbikes , steam rollers , e-vehicles and more . If you have any interest in transport - this is a must see museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • David M
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum and definitely worth a visit!
    I absolutely loved this museum! As soon as I walked in it was like a trip down memory lane! The museum has a great range of cars, motorbikes, trams and much more! Our boys aged 8 and 4 also had a great time (so it is not just for big kids like me!)
    Thanks so much for a great review! We're really grateful, and love to know that our visitors are having a great time at the museum. Please come again sometime
    Written 4 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Kenneth M
    Elgin, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Transport yourself to Alford
    A great really friendly,informative and hands on museum. From Hobby horse bikes to electric cars. Cafe has really fresh and well priced food. The gift shop has also got bigger since the last time we were there. The daleks are now in a safe place, can you find them?
    Thanks so much for a great review! We're grateful and love to know that our visitors are having a great time at the museum. Please come again sometime
    Written 4 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Christina_sarah7
    Falkirk, United Kingdom59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but interesting
    We visited here couple of days ago and although small compared to the Glasgow Transport museum it was fun and interesting. Felt we could get much closer to the items to view them and a lot of local history in the vehicles. Some really cool cars and motorbikes and old trams and machinery and locomotive and carriages. Worth a visit.
    Thank you for coming to visit the museum and thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful review. Our exhibition changes with each season so please do come again.
    Written 4 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Wheresmebus
    Nantwich, United Kingdom299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Call in and be surprised
    We picked up a leaflet for this during a visit elsewhere, and decided to call in en route. Yep, it’s like a Tardis, bigger on the inside then it appears outside. We suspected that it might be heavily automobile oriented, but no, it’s got loads of variety, including impressive bicycle and motorbike collections, one of the Cruden Bay tramcars, (goggle that, it’s interesting), a small Barclay railway loco (just the one), and an awesome beast of a snowplough converted from a US Army WWII recovery vehicle. We had a great lunch here in the café too. Recommended, do call in here and be surprised, ‘cos we were.
    We appreciate the time you have taken to leave your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon at GTM.
    Written 4 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • wxc
    75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly impressed!
    What a great place for a motor enthusiast. Vehicles of all ages, shapes and sizes. Literally a breath taking exhibition that changes regularly. Professional staff, great facility and lots of events throughout the year catering for a variety of car, motorbike or vehicle fans. Well done to all. A great attraction in Aberdeenshire.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 April 2024
  • Carrie Paterson
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Spent a lovely afternoon here! The staff were very friendly, especially the lady at the desk that chatted away to my wee boy. He had a great time getting his first ‘drivers license’ on the wee cars outside and we enjoyed the playpark equipment in the sunshine. Inside we all loved the selections of vehicles - the snow plow was a big hit with my son and I really loved the old trams. Overall, well worth a visit. We are planning to go back the next holidays and take our older kids too
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2024
  • David G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beware of Daleks!
    I have visited car museums in Scotland a good number of times over the years but never Grampian Transport Museum. Last Sunday I did and W0W! I was very impressed. It is not just a collection of rows of old cars. A lot of though and imagination has gone into the display and layout, the assortment of vehicles (not just cars) is wide-ranging. I particularly like their policy of Look and Please Do Touch; not only the children live it but the ‘dults too. What was my favourite piece on show in the Transport Museum? The Mortier Dance Organ but that’s another story…. To understand what I mean, you’ll have to go visit GTM yourself. Enjoy your trip.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 April 2024
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David G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I have visited car museums in Scotland a good number of times over the years but never Grampian Transport Museum. Last Sunday I did and W0W! I was very impressed.

It is not just a collection of rows of old cars. A lot of though and imagination has gone into the display and layout, the assortment of vehicles (not just cars) is wide-ranging. I particularly like their policy of Look and Please Do Touch; not only the children live it but the ‘dults too.

What was my favourite piece on show in the Transport Museum? The Mortier Dance Organ but that’s another story…. To understand what I mean, you’ll have to go visit GTM yourself. Enjoy your trip.
Written 16 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Carrie Paterson
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Spent a lovely afternoon here! The staff were very friendly, especially the lady at the desk that chatted away to my wee boy. He had a great time getting his first ‘drivers license’ on the wee cars outside and we enjoyed the playpark equipment in the sunshine. Inside we all loved the selections of vehicles - the snow plow was a big hit with my son and I really loved the old trams. Overall, well worth a visit. We are planning to go back the next holidays and take our older kids too
Written 14 April 2024
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wxc
Scotland75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
What a great place for a motor enthusiast.

Vehicles of all ages, shapes and sizes. Literally a breath taking exhibition that changes regularly.

Professional staff, great facility and lots of events throughout the year catering for a variety of car, motorbike or vehicle fans.

Well done to all. A great attraction in Aberdeenshire.
Written 8 April 2024
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ColinRcr
Tarland, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I love Grampian Transport museum. For a regional exhibition this is a terrific museum and every time I go I see something different.

It also has an excellent tearoom
Written 17 February 2024
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Wheresmebus
Nantwich, UK299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We picked up a leaflet for this during a visit elsewhere, and decided to call in en route. Yep, it’s like a Tardis, bigger on the inside then it appears outside. We suspected that it might be heavily automobile oriented, but no, it’s got loads of variety, including impressive bicycle and motorbike collections, one of the Cruden Bay tramcars, (goggle that, it’s interesting), a small Barclay railway loco (just the one), and an awesome beast of a snowplough converted from a US Army WWII recovery vehicle. We had a great lunch here in the café too. Recommended, do call in here and be surprised, ‘cos we were.
Written 30 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We appreciate the time you have taken to leave your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon at GTM.
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alasdair M
Glasgow, UK98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I am a railway and tramway fan so decided to visit both the Alford Valley community Railway and the Grampian Transport Museum on the same day.

I went mainly to see the preserved Cruden Bay tram but was keen to see the rest of the museum. As it is in such a small town, I expected that the museum would be small. I was wrong! The museum is like an Alladin's cave, packed with transport exhibits including trains, trams, cars, carriages, steam lorries, bicycles and motorbikes, putting them in their social context with engaging interpretation.

Many transport museums including Glasgow's Riverside Museum and the London Transport Museum have been somewhat dumbed down in recent years with fewer exhibits and concentrating more on social history than on transport and aiming at general visitors rather than transport enthusiasts. This is not the case for the Grampian Transport Museum. enthusiasts will love the Grampian Transport Museum - but so will general visitors - as it has so many exhibits and as you are able to get up close to them for a good look.

The museum has a very good tea-room too with a good range of snacks and drinks.

The staff I spoke to were lovely too.

Alford is easily reached from Aberdeen by bus and makes a great day out.
Written 25 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We take pride in the preservation and presentation of our exhibits and your feedback means a lot. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Christina_sarah7
Falkirk, UK59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited here couple of days ago and although small compared to the Glasgow Transport museum it was fun and interesting. Felt we could get much closer to the items to view them and a lot of local history in the vehicles. Some really cool cars and motorbikes and old trams and machinery and locomotive and carriages. Worth a visit.
Written 29 August 2023
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Thank you for coming to visit the museum and thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful review. Our exhibition changes with each season so please do come again.
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Newland
Peterborough, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Interesting collection of vehicles covering many forms of historic transport.

This is a smaller museum, but they've made good use of the space and it's well worth a visit.
Written 14 August 2023
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Thank you for coming to visit the museum and thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful review. Our exhibition changes with each season so please do come again
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kenneth M
Elgin, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A great really friendly,informative and hands on museum. From Hobby horse bikes to electric cars. Cafe has really fresh and well priced food. The gift shop has also got bigger since the last time we were there.
The daleks are now in a safe place, can you find them?
Written 3 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thanks so much for a great review! We're grateful and love to know that our visitors are having a great time at the museum. Please come again sometime
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

David M
Dunfermline, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I absolutely loved this museum!
As soon as I walked in it was like a trip down memory lane!
The museum has a great range of cars, motorbikes, trams and much more!
Our boys aged 8 and 4 also had a great time (so it is not just for big kids like me!)
Written 17 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thanks so much for a great review! We're really grateful, and love to know that our visitors are having a great time at the museum. Please come again sometime
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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