Following on from my recent post highlighting some of our wonderful steam train railways across the country, today I thought I’d share some of the top Transport Museums across the UK. With a son who is mad about vehicles of any description, we are always on the lookout for different museums to visit.
Somewhere I can remember visiting as a child is the Bovington Tank Museum, we’ve had it on our to-do list with my son for a couple of years, and I really need to make it happen after reading Cath’s post from Bakes Bikes and Boys.
Sticking with the tram theme, Jen at My Mummys Pennies recommends the Heaton Park Tramway Museum which she describes as a lovely hidden gem and free to visit too! She also recommends The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester which has a Power Hall and Air and Space Hall as well as a steam railway.
Somewhere I remember visiting as a child with my own parents is Beaulieu Motor Museum in the New Forest. We visited last year and my son loved looking at the cars and riding the monorail, again and again! it a post I still have to write-up.
You might have spotted my post about things to do in Southampton with kids. During our visit, we visited Solent Sky and learned all about aviation in Southampton and Hampshire in general. It’s a fascinating place to explore.
We’ve visited the London Transport Museum a couple of times, the most recent being in January this year. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, it’s easy to find, kids go free and an adult ticket gives you an annual pass. It’s well worth a visit but does get busy, so go early.
The Silverstone Experience opened in 2020 and it shares the history of the Silverstone circuit from medieval times when there was a Priory, through WW2 when RAF Silverstone operated Wellington Bombers from the site, through the last seventy-odd years where racing on two and four wheels have been the order of the day.
Oxford Bus Museum is somewhere we took my OH for Father’s Day in 2012, pre-blog in fact. It’s somewhere we should revisit as my son doesn’t remember our visit. Bubba Blue and Me shares her thought’s on her visit.
Somewhere that we can thoroughly recommend visiting is Brooklands Museum in Weybridge. It’s full of history and somewhere any aviation and motor vehicle fan will enjoy visiting. We even got to go aboard Concorde on our visit.
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We’re lucky to have the British Motor Museum (formerly known as the Heritage Motor Centre) fairly close to home and it’s somewhere we’ve visited numerous times over the years. It’s just off junction 12 of the M40, on the outskirts of Gaydon in Warwickshire.
Somewhere we loved visiting a few years ago was the National Railway Museum in York. It’s an amazing place to visit and a must for any train fans, and it’s free! Looking back through my old posts I can’t believe that I haven’t written a post up on this place, something I need to rectify, but in the meantime, Jo at A Rose Tinted World has come to my rescue with her post.
Where else would you recommend adding to this list of top Transport Museums across the UK?