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“Transport of delights”

Wirral Transport Museum
Ranked #5 of 33 things to do in Birkenhead
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway is a working museum and working heritage tramway preserving Buses, Trams & other local transport related vehicles We are open every weekend from 1pm (Saturday & Sunday) and during school holidays we are open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday plus every Bank Holiday Monday. you can ride on original fully restored heritage trams, see our collection of preserved local Buses and in the museum our ongoing restoration projects and a huge working Model Railway. A HISTORY OF BIRKENHEAD TRAMWAYS Back when Birkenhead was a pioneering industrial town it was the first place in Europe to adopt a street tramway. Those trams ceased operating in 1937, but in 1995 they were revived and you can now travel on one of a series of historic vehicles and experience tram travel for yourself. Trams dating from as early as 1901 operate to make the short journey from Woodside to the Wirral Transport Museum, where you can view the rest of the fleet - tram cars from Birkenhead, Liverpool, Wallasey and a recently restored car from Lisbon, Portugal. The Museum is a proud winner of the Wirral Unsung Hero of The Year 2012 with their volunteers. The transport collection was created as a celebration of Birkenhead's place in the history of public transport, and set up in collaboration with the volunteers of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society, who restore old trams. In addition to trams, the museum houses a collection of local buses in running order and a group of cars and motorbikes from the Baxter Collection. There is also a 27 foot long model railway layout. Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society Limited is a Registered Charity . No. 1092127.
Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Transport of delights”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

A collection mainly of buses but also some trams and cars as well as a train layout. All restored and maintained by enthusiats.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Will R
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South Wales
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“Not just for the enthusiast”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is a museum that is seemingly visited very little by the average tourist to the area, but is well worth seeking out for old and young alike.Buses and Trams in varying state of preservation are found here as wll as an old model train layout and If you time it right your might arrive during the Show / rally day in October - a day not to be missed for the variety of vehicles on view and giving free rides on old and vintage buses form the north west .Various days of muliple tram cars in operation occur when for a small fee rides to and from the ferry teminable can be taken. Keep up the good work.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Welshwasp
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A great museum - and free entry too!”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

I used to live in Birkenhead, over 40 years ago, so I thought it was about time that I got to see a bit of the place! This museum is brilliant! Well - for blokes like me anyway who have not grown up yet! But I went with my lady and my 88 year old Mum and they both really enjoyed it too. We also enjoyed the bargain heritage tram ride to Woodside Ferry Terminal, with its superb views over to the Liverpool Waterfront. Our ride was on a restored Liverpool tram - the one Ken Dodd rode on in the BBC4 documentary. Next time I hope that I get a ride on their restored Lisbon tram or the open top Wallasey tram.
The museum is manned by a bunch of friendly, helpful chaps who told us to watch out for it on Michael Portillo's next series of Great British Railway Journeys.
Thanks for a great day!

Visited September 2013
3 Thank LordMuckOfMacc
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“Worth a detour”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Interesting free old fashioned museum, keen enthusiastic volunteers on hand full of knowledge. You can get the tram from Woodside ferry terminal. Well worth a visit

Visited August 2013
3 Thank sunholstan
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Liverpool, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Brilliant place, with a chance to ride on trams too.
Word of advice; visit while you can, before the council shut it down, in their "wisdom"

Visited August 2013
2 Thank looprevil
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