Coventry Transport Museum is a fun day out for you to enjoy with all the family. Entrance is completely FREE and we’re open 10am-5pm, seven days a week. Below is some information which will help you get the most out of your family visit.
There are accessible toilets on both floors of the Museum. We also have two baby changing areas, situated near the main entrance, and on the first floor. We have a small buggy park near reception where you are welcome to leave your pushchairs whilst you look around the Museum. We provide family sized lockers if you need to leave bags/coats in a safe place*. Throughout school holidays we endeavour to provide a family picnic area.**
* Lockers are charged at £1 each
**Please note this is not available during term time or at weekends.
Please visit the Access page to find out more about access to the Museum for disabled people.
Esquires Café is situated at the front of the Museum near the main entrance. The cafe provides a range of child friendly food and drink, as well as delicious fair trade coffees and teas. Highchairs are available upon request and the friendly café staff will happily warm baby bottles. The café also has free, fun activity sheets for children, a children’s corner with a selection of children’s books and games, and is a safe, comfortable environment to relax with your family.
Visiting the Museum with your family is a great opportunity to have fun and learn together. We provide a range of free activity sheets which you will find throughout the galleries. In addition to this, keep an eye on the What's On pages of this website to see what family friendly events are coming up.
In the Museum
The Museum is full of all sorts of amazing road transport from the Victorian era to more recent times. You are more than welcome to take photos in the Museum, so don’t forget to bring your camera! Coventry Transport Museum isn’t an art gallery, we welcome families coming in and discovering new things, and we encourage lively discussion and shrieks of excitement!
We love seeing people enjoy the Museum and all that’s in it, which is why we make every effort to protect the collection for many more visitors to see in the future. To help us look after this wonderful collection we ask visitors to use the café or picnic area for any food and drink, which helps us keep crumbs and sticky fingers away from the vehicles. For the same reason we ask all our visitors not to touch or climb on the exhibits, this helps us care for the collection and helps us keep you safe. Wherever possible we’ve provided alternative things to touch and do, and you’ll find fun, interactive opportunities all around the Museum.
What about me?
These are some things we think you might like...
There’s loads of exciting things to see for our littlest visitors; see if you can spot tractors, fire engines, police cars and more! Have fun pressing buttons to make things ring and ding and flash and beep! And why not have a ride with Postman Pat in his little red van or try driving Brum? If you’re feeling artistic you’ll find things to colour in and draw in many of the exhibitions.
There’s a lot to see and do as you go round the Museum. Follow Star Starley on the video screens through the Landmarques gallery and find out more about the people who lived in Coventry in the past. Have a go at a gallery activity sheet and sit in the driving seat of a real Peugeot in the Ghost Town exhibition. Find out more about how an engine works and hear what some of the engines would sound like if started up!
Check out the Coventry Blitz Experience and see what it might have been like on a Coventry street during a bombing raid, don’t miss the real unexploded bomb at the end! If you’re feeling brave take a seat on the Thrust SSC simulator ride and find out what it would be like to travel faster than the speed of sound! And get involved in the argument in the Ghost Town exhibition where you can give your opinion on interactive touch-screen computers.
Have a moment of nostalgia and see if you can spot your first car. Watch classic road safety ads from days gone by, remember the Tufty Club? At Coventry Transport Museum we’re all about keeping people’s stories alive, so let the memories come flooding back and share your stories with the rest of the family.
We’re thrilled to be a Learning Destination for the Children's University. If you are a member of the Children's University you can collect stamps for your passport by completing any of our weekend or school holiday activities. We also have a Children's University trail which you can pick up at any time from reception and collect a stamp when completed.