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“Fantastic Day Out For All Ages”

Museum of Transport
Ranked #29 of 191 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Discover Greater Manchester's public road transport history with the Museum of Transport, approximately one mile north of Manchester City Centre near Manchester Fort Shopping Park. Open every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday (and every day in August) from 10am until 4.30pm. Adults £4.00, students / over 60s £2.00, accompanied children under 16 visit free. Take a trip back in time with one of Britain’s biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. From a Victorian horse drawn bus to the prototype Metrolink tram, see and sit in fascinating vehicles that took Greater Manchester folk to work, shops and outings to the coast and countryside.Leaving a review?: Please note we have no planes, cars or motorbikes, nor a planetarium! If you saw these it is likely you visited the Museum of Science and Industry on Liverpool Rd Manchester City Centre and not us! CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR: CLOSED after Weds 20th Dec and REOPEN Weds 3rd JANUARY 2018
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We chose to visit the museum on a very wet, windy and cold day. The welcome we received couldn’t have been any more different. The two chaps that were manning the front desk were lovely with the kids and made us all very welcome. This was a theme that would follow our whole visit round the excellent museum.

The Museum has something for everybody:

Grandparents had a great trip down memory lane looking at the old buses they used as children. The kids a varied age group of 5 to 11 year olds (boys and girls) had a great time clambering over the buses, dressing up as bus staff and learning about the history of transport. As parents it was great to see the kids playing in a safe area. It was also a breath of fresh air to have the museum staff actively encouraging the children to play on and enjoy the buses and tram.

There is also a nice clean café with extremely well priced drinks and snacks.

We cannot recommend this place enough for somewhere to take children and grandparents. You also get free entry with a Wayfarer ticket. We made a donation instead as we had been treated so brilliantly.

4  Thank Crazy_Gang_Harrison
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Not too difficult to get to with public transport. Well worth a visit. We spent a couple of very present hours looking at the exhibits and watching DVDs. Some very historic manchester buses. Will be back for the open days when vintage buses run as looks fun. The building itself is very interesting and cafe very nice to sit and dwell on a history we all take for granted.

1  Thank HolidayGB
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We took the bus from Stockport to Manchester, then got the 135 bus from Piccadilly Gardens to Cheerham Hill Road about five minutes away.

We crossed the road and walked down Boyle Street - on the right hand side is a working depot and at the very end of the street is the Museum of Transport, .

Dedicated volunteers run the Transport Museum and if it wasn't for the Manchester City Council, this museum wouldn't exist ai all: - if you need any information concerning the various modes of transport, they would be only to glad to help you.

There are two floors of all types of coaches, buses, trams and trolleybuses, of all shapes and sizes - you can even sit either upstairs or downstairs to see what it was like to travel on, you can try the bell as well.

On ther walls are posters of the time and on the tables there is the old conductors machines that were used in one of the Harry Potter films with events run by the museum and even a trip around Manchester on one of the buses - make sure you get the events brochure when you go to the Transport Museum.

The prices to go round are quite reasonable and the shop has models of various types of buses and coaches for you to buy if you want.

Ther also concessions for the disabled at the museum.

I would highly recommend a visit to the Transport Museum and the sraff canteen has been turned into a refreshment area with light snacks available.

3  Thank Gunslinger_46
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

What a beauty. Leave the ladies shopping in Manchester and spend time here. 135 service from Piccadilly drops you at the end of the street. Very reasonable entrance fee. £4 but only £2 for coffin dodgers and free for children. Open Weds Sat & Sun + Bank hols. A fascinating history of public transport from the horse drawn bus of 1890 to the new electric tram of 1990. Superb restored buses, many in full working order + some Yelloway coaches. Good little cafe. Well worth a visit.

2  Thank jamesbroughton1942
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

This museum is tucked away behind a working bus depot off Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester but it is only 5 minutes away on the 135 bus from Piccadilly Gardens in the centre of town.
It is run by very knowledgeable volunteers who are all bus addicts (in fact one even owns one of the exhibits). The entrance fee is modest and there is a nice little tea room inside where you can get light refreshments at reasonable prices.
If you are interested in buses and old vehicles like fire engines then this is well worth a visit if you have an hour to spare. There are 2 floors which house buses, coaches and trams of all makes and colours, dating back to the turn of the century up to more modern day vehicles. You can sit inside some of them on either the lower or upper deck and get a real sense of history with the worn leather seats and the bells you used to ring for the bus to stop. Each bus has an informative panel telling you when it came into service, where it ran and when it was withdrawn. There are also replicas of 1950's bus depot offices with all the old equipment and furniture which you can see through the windows. On the walls there are posters and signs but one highlight is a case housing the conductor's badge, ticket machine and money wallet used in a Harry Potter film.
There is a corner where you can buy postcards and magazines plus a small shop at the entrance which sells memorabllia. There are lots of volunteers on hand to answer questions and I was told that if there was a bus you particularly wanted to go into you could ask and they would open it up for you. How's that for service? Toilets are clean but mind your step if you have mobility problems as it used to be a working depot so some of the floor surfaces are a bit uneven.

Thank Babsstockport
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