Our Popemobile was built for a Saint!

Pope John Paul II was declared a saint on Sunday 27 April 2014 making our museum’s Popemobile even more special.

The Popemobile was custom built by Lancashire Manufacturer British Leyland. Our museum vehicle ensured the safe transportation of Pope John Paul II, when he visited the UK in 1982,for his 5 day Pastoral Trip. It was designed to allow the Pope to be visible to very large crowds (up to one million plus). It weighs 24 tons, has bullet-proof glass, under-floor armour and the body design incorporates low ballistic material, which will repel small firearms. The Leyland Constructor Chassis was chosen for it’s renowned “off-road” capability and acceleration if an emergency arose. (Popemobile or Papamobile in Italian, is an informal name given to the specially designed motor vehicles used by the Catholic Pope during outdoor public appearances).


Come and see our Popemobile and sit in the same spot as Pope John Paul II. Pre-booked guided school and adult groups tours are available on request.

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