Why Visit The East Anglia Transport Museum

Written by MiriamSpall on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 19:18
Take the family on a journey back in time at the East Anglia Transport Museum, where the whole family will be able to watch, ride and learn about vehicles of yesterday. The museum is a charity, completely run by friendly volunteers, who are passionate about transport. They restore vintage vehicles to their former glory and help recreate transport as it was when they were fully operational many years ago.

Inside attractions include; The Tramway, The Trolleybus, The East Suffolk Light Railway, an exhibition hall and The Museum Street, which is lined with several pieces of authentic furniture. There is also a well stocked gift shop, a cafeteria and a post office.

Visiting the museum is a great way for children to learn about what transport was like when their parents or even grandparents were younger, and a great opportunity for older people to reminisce about the past. Kids love to ride on the trams, train and buses, over and over again, as the entrance ticket allows them to enjoy them as many times as they like! Most museums are static and there is little interaction, but at the The East Anglia Transport Museum, children take the actual ride, the movement keeps them engaged and they can interact with uniformed conductors, who will even punch their tickets just like it was done back then, making it a fantastic experience.

Great for the whole family!

The museum has made great efforts to accommodate families, the restaurant offers high chairs for babies, a microwave is not available but they are happy to provide parents with hot water to warm up baby’s bottles. Breastfeeding is also welcome and encouraged.

There are different little picnic areas around the site and families are more than welcome to bring a picnic. You can take the tram to their wooded area where there is a picnic spot, and there is also one in the park area. There is also a designated area where parents can leave buggies.

The museum is happy to welcome and accommodate visitors with special needs. Pathways and exhibition halls are all accessible, and wheelchair users can go on the train. Unfortunately, trams and buses can’t accommodate wheelchairs as the vintage models were sadly not built that way. The museum encourages parents to ring them if they have any other special requirements.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome, with the exception of the shop and the cafe. Please note that there is not a cash machine on site, but they do accept cards in the shop, cafe and ticket office.

New children's membership club for the 2017 season

There is something new and exciting for young transport fans during the 2017 season! The Larry Lodekka kids club! For only 12 pounds a year the young member will receive a badge and a membership card in a welcome pack from Larry Lodekka. Benefits include; Free admission, 3 child friendly newsletters a year, and meet and ride days with Larry Lodekka every Sunday of every month. The club is suitable for kids from 5-14 years. Click here for more information about membership.

For more fantastic days out with the kids, check our Family Guide here
 
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MiriamSpall
Director
Where To Take Our Children