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Coventry Transport Museum (Coventry)
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Coventry Transport Museum (Coventry)
Advantages: A great day out, FREE, interesting, a real sharing experience
Disadvantages: Difficult to find the exit from designated route
This freebie is not to be missed, the jewel in Coventry's crown. I have visited Coventry Transport Museum many times, it provides something for everyone at different stages and ages.
You will find the museum in Hales Street opposite Pool Meadow bus station. Outside you will find Millenium place an intriguing public space and contains a number of striking art works and structures, such as the Francoise Schein's 24-hour clock, the Whittle Arch and the Glass Bridge, which links the nearby Garden of International Friendship. These new
landmark structures make the approach to the museum appealing and striking. On entering the museum you will find the new coffee house, a little too expensive for me and my brood but nice for a treat with friends. I hear there is live music here in the evenings when the museum is closed.
The access to the museum is through the gift shop which warrants a tour as it sells many groovy and unusual gifts or souveniers. There are a few steps to climb but the building also has a ramp for wheelchair users or buggies. Carry on through the gift shop and you will easily find the entry to the museum.
You are cleverly guided through the large exhibitions and even if your interest isn't cars or transport, its still an interesting route. My kids love the blitz exhibition, that really seems to touch them and they can't resist a go on the Thrust. They now charge for the Thrust ride which is unfortunate but that is the only charge.
This year they ran arts and craft activities for the children at half term at £2 per child we all got involved. We brought our own lunch and spent the whole day here. They also run educational classes at the swift centre and held a fantastic craft fair this year.
On the whole this is a positive and cheap day out, mix it with different friends or relatives and it will bring a new dimension to the visit. It can be quite nostalgic and we found it a really good sharing experience.
The downside is that the route around the exhibition means that finding the exit is quite difficult. The staff are all very helpful but if you need to leave in a hurry then its frustrating as I can never find staff when I need them. I would also like to be able to treat the children to something to eat but its just too a pity as I would be willing to pay a reasonable amount.
Find out more visit their website www.transport-museum.com
Summary: A jewel in Coventry's Crown, a must see, bring family and friends
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