Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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This specialty museum features buses, trucks and tramcars of yesteryear in attractive settings, with lots of related artefacts and displays of transport history. Small shop with models and books.
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Chris
Birmingham, UK50 contributions
May 2023 • Family
We have lived in Aldridge for a few years and we only recently found out about the museum, so we decided to visit today as it is Bank Holiday Monday. On entering, we were greeted by 2 men who were very friendly & helpful, they are a credit to the museum! It was £4 per adult and free for the kids as they were under 5, we didn’t know the kids would go free so we expected to pay for them, but one of the men kindly told us, which we appreciated a lot as he could have easily just charged us for the kids! Before visiting, we incorrectly thought it would be just 1 or 2 buses and maybe a few old bus stop signs, but we couldn’t have been more wrong! There are loads of old buses, some dating back to the 1950’s, most of which you can go on. There are also a number of different cars and vehicles from the past, all with interesting information about them. The place is like a vehicle time capsule! My children both loved climbing onboard the old buses and sitting in the drivers cabin on some of them! There is also a little shop which sells refreshments and snacks, and loads of old books and trinkets from the past. My only criticism is that it is not very well advertised, there is no sign on the main road to tell you that there is a museum down there, which is a shame as it really is a hidden gem which I’m sure would be much busier if people knew it was there! I will definitely be returning in the future and I have told all my friends and family how great it is there!
Written 1 May 2023
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Thank you for your review; we really appreciate you taking the time to tell everyone about the Museum. There is actually a sign on the main road, but it is very small and part of someone else's sign, but there are planning and ownership issues with putting a larger sign. Come again soon!
Written 9 July 2023
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Phil Lee
2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Warmly welcomed and escorted to reception. General overview of the museum given along with the offer of a guided tour. We chose to make own way around the site. Volunteers were unobtrusive but very helpful when we asked for more information about particular displays. Well worth a visit which brought back happy memories of bygone days.
A drinks vending machine would have added to the pleasure of a couple hours well spent..
Written 9 March 2023
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toolonginexile
Birmingham, UK195 contributions
Feb 2023
We visited on a Tuesday with our grandson, aged 6. He throughly enjoyed himself, as we did. The museum is packed with the history of transport and has more to offer than London's Transport Museum at Covent Garden at a fraction of the price. Aston Manor Road Transport Museum started in the 1980's at Witton Tram Shed in Birmingham before moving to its new premises Aldridge Transport Museum.

This is a real "hands on" museum run by volunteers who worked in the transport industry. Buses and Coaches sit alongside commercial vehicles and delivery vehicles. From Hand carts to horse drawn carts to a 1965 electric milk float, demonstrating that electric vehicles are not a new invention.

There is even a wooden car.

Sit behind the wheel of a double decker bus, board a Routemaster, see a fleet of buse, single and double decker, in their original livery. There's even an ice cream van from the 1950's, pre Mr Whippy!

East access, free parking and affordable admission. You will not be disappointed.

There are open days when some of the buses are running. Highly recommend, you will not be disappointed and the children will enjoy the hands on experience.
Written 23 February 2023
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Kate
Kingswinford, UK9 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Visited on Sunday with our 4 year old son and 10 year old niece. It's quite a small place, but the children loved it. Our son had asked to visit a transport museum in February half term (he's obsessed with cars and all other vehicles). He said that this is the best transport museum we've been to (and we've been to a few), because at this one, he was allowed to 'play' (enter the vehicles and pretend to drive them. Staff told us when we arrived that the children were welcome to do so). He had fun playing on the double decker buses with his cousin, going up and down the stairs and taking turns pretending to be a bus driver. (You aren't able to go inside all of the vehicles on display, but a good number of them).

It was quiet when we visited (only a couple of other groups). We didn't need to pay for our son, which we didn't expect, as we'd seen that children were £2 but didn't know that under 5s were free. He was also given a guide/information booklet about the vehicles.

Friendly staff welcomed us, told us about the museum and gave us a leaflet about upcoming events and open days.

We spent a couple of hours in the museum. We noticed on the way out that there were lots of trail/activity sheets for children (laminated sheets with, for example, pictures of various wheels to find in the museum) which our son would have enjoyed if we'd noticed them beforehand - maybe next time.

We travelled around 40 minutes to get here and combined it with lunch and the poolside fairy trail at WM Wheat and Son garden centre which was a 5 minute drive down the road).

There are toilets at the museum and free parking right in front of the entrance.
Written 21 February 2023
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DaveG
1 contribution
Sep 2022
I visited on Tuesday, it was really good as there were not many people there and I could take photographs of the vehicles on display. I was even allowed to move some of the display boards to get a better angle. The staff there were really knowledgeable and friendly-Highly recommended.
Written 29 September 2022
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lisasedgwick
Walsall, UK153 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Some interesting stuff here, husband enjoyed it more than me, but was still good... plenty of parking, and easy access,
Written 17 May 2022
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John B
6 contributions
Apr 2022
Visited their spring running day where a number of vintage vehicles from the local area were able to be ridden on. The museum is both entertaining and educating. Anyone who remembers the bygone heyday of bus travel will love this place.
Written 11 May 2022
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Richard Wallis
Birmingham, UK1 contribution
Sep 2021
A wonderful museum displaying vehicles from the past including buses, cars, trucks, and an ice cream truck! It's a great day out for the family, rain or shine.
Written 7 October 2021
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AndyIsobel
Birmingham, UK332 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Support your local unique museums.At only £4 per person admission it brings back memories of bygone vehicles.All maintained by volunteers.Mainly buses with a few commercial vehicles and a couple of bikes plus advertising of the time.Remember swinging on the bus rails on the way to school?
Written 13 September 2021
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Claire and Rich
43 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
What a little gem of a museum, covers road transport with a bias to the local area, buses, lorries and lighter vehicles are covered. I regularly visit here, entry is cheap and the volunteers are knowledgeable, helpful and ready to chat. Due to covid access is limited to the vehicles at this time.
I’d advise a visit on a running day, and you get a few rides on the old buses and they have visiting vehicles. Have a look on their Facebook or website for the dates (depending on the current covid guidelines)
Written 29 August 2021
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ASTON MANOR ROAD TRANSPORT MUSEUM: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Aston Manor Road Transport Museum is open:
  • Tue - Tue 10:30 - 16:00
  • Sat - Sun 10:30 - 16:00