Transport Museums in Suffolk

Written by MiriamSpall on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 20:43

Do you have one of those kids that chooses to ride on a double decker bus, points excitedly at “lorries” or “motorbikes” on the motorway, or goes straight to the police cars and ambulance at your local fete? If you do, you have a transport fan on your hands!.

Great for toddlers and older kids alike, transport museums encourage children to learn by playing and it is a fantastic way to spend a few hours with the kids. They are run by volunteers who are passionate about Suffolk and its past, and who enjoy restoring vehicles to their former glory. They make enthusiastic hosts who love what they do, knowledgable and happy to answer any questions. Perfect for families!

Children will love hopping on and off buses and trams, playing on model trains and taking a ride on a vintage bus over the Orwell bridge (part of The Ipswich Transport Museum special events)! Most museums are closed throughout the winter months and reopen in Spring, but keep a look out for their special events as they often open their doors throughout the school holidays. Family friendly events taking place at local museums, can be found on our calendar of events under Events/Museums.

East Anglian Transport Museum

Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8BL (01502) 518 459

The museum is open on various dates throughout the spring and summer seasons from March to October each year.

FREE for under 5s

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This living museum is a replica of a miniature tramline system, completely unique, and will give you and your family the chance to experience how families travelled in the past. What a fantastic place this is, your kids will love riding up, down and around on the trams as much as they like. Ticket punching and pulling the string to ring the bell are some of the most popular experiences.

Families can wander around, have a picnic or relax in the park. Have a birthday coming up? The East Anglian Transport Museum makes for a unique venue for a birthday party!

The museum organizes yearly events, look out for them at Halloween, Christmas and in the school holidays!

The Long Shop Museum

Main Street, Leiston Suffolk IP16 4ES (01728) 832 189

The 2016 season runs from 22nd March until 30th October. They are open seven days a week during the high season and school holidays.

FREE for under 4s

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This is a friendly museum that goes the extra mile to cater for families. They are part of the “Children’s University” which is a charitable trust that provides kids and families with innovative learning experiences outside school hours, and organize workshops and activities for kids throughout the year. Kids can play dress up and run around in the garden. There are tables available if you would like to bring a picnic.  At the end of each season, by the end of October, they organize a big event called the “Big Fling”, an activity and steam day with full size and miniature engines. Read their 2016 press release here

Ipswich Transport Museum

Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD, (01473) 715666

They run from 29th March to 29th November, opening times vary.

FREE for under 5s

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This is a museum with a fantastic selection of stationary vehicles that used to operate in the Ipswich area. We recommend taking the kids for a couple of hours, they will enjoy hopping on and off the buses, ringing the fire engine bell, playing with the miniature modelled train and saying hello to “Dennis the Bus”. There is a cafe indoors where you can have a cup of coffee and tables you can use if you bring a picnic. They also organize a few events throughout the year, our favorites are: The Annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Road Run in May, and the Transport & Model Festival which includes a bus ride to The Ipswich Railway Modellers Association HQ and the Ipswich Model Engineering Society.

Take a look at our blog here.

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket Suffolk, IP14 5PW, (01449) 766 899

The MSLR is open on all Sundays and Bank Holidays from the beginning of May until the end of September (some days may be replaced by operating days – see below). Additionally there are some operating days outside the main season.

FREE for under 5s

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A little gem in the middle of the country side, but well worth the visit. Perfect for railway enthusiasts, they hold steam days usually on Sundays and during the holidays where they have at least one steam engine running up and down the short train track. The kids are allowed to ride as many times as they like! There is also cafe which is popular for their bacon rolls and delicious cup of tea. Look out for the Santa Specials for an extra-special trip to meet Father Christmas.

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, IP22 2AA, (01379) 686 900

Prices vary for more information please click here

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Bressingham is open (with Narrow Gauge Train rides) every day from 23rd  March until the 30th October 2016. During the winter they only open for special events.

Climb aboard their popular steam engines and explore their beautiful gardens. There are four journeys to choose from - don’t forget to spot the teddy bears! Bressingham organize events throughout the year, and in the school holidays, you can visit their website for more details.

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