Special Discounts are available to visiting groups of 30 or more persons. The museum will also consider requests to accept group visits on days not generally open to the public. Please contact the museum with your requests. The museum offers so much more than simply displaying a fine collection of historic vehicles ! It unfolds the true stories of how early pot-holed cart tracks were finally developed into a system of modern highways and motorways; how horse-drawn stage coaches were eventually replaced by motor vehicles with ever increasing power; and how people gained more freedom to travel for both business and pleasure. Our roads and vehicles using them, provide our lifelines for work, pleasure and day to day living. So, with the help of our well informed staff, we bring to life the changes that have taken place in the movement of both people and goods.
Equally popular with both children and teachers. What is taught in the classroom is efficiently supported by what can be seen & heard here in the museum. Always lots of questions are asked . . . . . and some surprising answers are to be found ! – How many men did it take to drive a steam lorry ? – When and where was Britain’s first motorway opened ? – Why did a dog usually travel in the back of a horse-drawn parcel delivery van? Our aim is to always ensure that learning can be interesting as well as enlightening. Ask us for further information about our free packs of worksheets for use when visiting the museum, and afterwards for follow-up work in the classroom.
Learn where modern accomplishments originated – there’s nothing new in the use of bio fuels ! . . . or even the use of hybrid vehicles ! Come and see for yourselves ! We have too, a very fine display of engines tracking the development of the compression-ignition engine from as far back as the late 1890s to current turbocharged & inter-cooled diesels.
The museum is home to a huge collection of technical literature and photographic materials. A team of archivists works continually at preserving early photographs and supplying information worldwide to those who may be writing books or reconditioning old vehicles.
The museum offers so much more than its fine collection of historic vehicles. For lovers of music, the world famous Leyland Band thought the acoustics in the exhibition hall were exceedingly good – keep a check on our ‘NEWS‘ features for future concerts.
Special Group Discounts are available to:-
Travel Organisers & Tour Operators
Organised visits to the museum prove to be a popular & profitable addition to their planned tours / programmes.
- Visitors are well looked after by enthusiastic guides who add their own personal touches when relating information. Entries in our Visitors Book regularly express the enjoyment felt when taking a tour of the exhibits.
- Easy to get to from the M6 at JCT 28. The museum is less than a mile away.
- The museum has full accreditation and is highly recommended by VASQA and Visit England. . All visitor areas of the museum are wheelchair friendly. Wheelchairs available at reception.
- Light refreshments and snacks are available from the cafe at reasonable prices.
- A good ‘stopping-off’ venue when heading in either direction between Scotland, The Lake District & all destinations south.
Engineering colleges, vehicle manufacturers, and motor retailers. The museum is a perfect venue for tracing the development of vehicle building from the days of horse-drawn buses and steam powered lorries, right through to today’s latest turbo-charged and charge-cooled diesel engined trucks. Our cinema / lecture room is available for meetings and presentations.
Professional bodies and motoring clubs. The museum caters for people sharing a wide range of different interests. The vehicle exhibits in their settings, coupled with sound & light displays, bring back memories of times long gone and help us appreciate how qualities of life have changed. Our friendly staff and guides are on hand to make your group visit and enjoyable one.
We can offer light snacks to groups, as well as catering hot and cold buffets available to order.