Nestled in North Manchester behind the Stage Coach terminus is a wonder of old buses for little and big children to explore. The Museum of Transport houses row upon row of old buses are lined up for inspection for any budding travel enthusiasts.
We went and had a look in a blustery Wednesday afternoon. (The museum is only open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and some Bank Holidays for special events). You enter through a treasure chest of dinky toys. We started in the 'children's area'.
There is a wooden bus that you can dress up as an old bus conductor and pretend to drive. Tables and chairs are laid out with colouring of bus pictures Make sure you ring the bell on one of the office doors. It's so loud and satisfying!
The museum has two floors and through to the second you come across an old tram. I don't know about anyone else, but, every time we get on a tram my children want to run up and down. This day was the day when I could finally let them go. They ran and down screaming to their hearts content. My father in law loved pretending to drive it too!
A few of the buses are open to explore. One of them is like a London bus with the open back. My 3-year-old spent ages jumping off, running up the stairs and waving to us. I particularly liked the 'Spitting Prohibited' sign - really!?
Then we made our way to the cafe. I love a good cafe and this is cute BUT the tea was awful (I am a Yorkshire tea snob). We didn't order food so not sure what was to offer but the kids enjoyed their boxes of juice and a Freddo (remember those?). It's a lot like a cafe that would have been on offer when those old buses were running. Which is just the way you'd want it to be in that setting.
My highs of the trip were the freedom my children could have around vehicles. My 1 year old just screamed and ran touching all the head lights. It was so nice to let him! I loved the imaginative play the museum sparked in my three-year-old. Personally, I found the people that worked there so interesting. They have such a lot of local history to tell you about.
Tip - make sure you wrap up. It was colder than the outside!
For more information about the Museum of Transport click here.