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Coventry Transport Museum

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Coventry is the home of transport building in the UK, since so many big names have had manufacturing sites there, so it seems fitting that there is a vast transport museum in the city. There are bikes, motorbikes and cars in the collection, all significant in Coventry's history.

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Bicycles on display early include the earliest bike, the Hobby Horse as well as boneshakers and Penny Farthings. There are also some of the very latest designs in the museum, showing that Coventry has been active in producing pushbikes since Victorian times.

Motorbike enthusiasts can see early tri-cycles, scooters and classic bikes, through to modern day Triumph models.

The car section has a 1935 Daimler Limousine, a pink 'Barbie' Jaguar XJS and Thrust SSC, the world land speed record breaker, among other iconic vehicles. Some of the older vehicles include a Daimler horseless carriage from 1897.

A separate motor vehicle collection houses commercial motors. Here visitors can see the Daimler bus used to take the Coventry FA Cup winning team on their victory parade around the city. There is also see the last Massey Ferguson tractor ever to be made, which dates from 2002.

There are many related items available to view in the archives, such as blueprints from the design stages of motors such as Daimlers, Hillmans and Triumphs. The collections also include magazines, photos and adverts dating back to 1900.

Guided tours are available, including a sensory tour for those with visual impairments.

The Coventry Transport Museum is fully accessible for disabled visitors, including the coffee shop and gift shop. There are disabled toilets on site.

Well serviced by local train and bus services, the museum can also be reached by car and canal. Since timetables and routes change frequently, it is advisable to contact the museum for up to date information.

Contact Details:
Coventry Transport Museum,
Millennium Place,
Hales Street,
Coventry,
CV1 1JD
Tel: 024 7623 4270

 

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