Throughout the year we hold a number of events which often give people of all ages an opportunity to travel on some of our historic vehicles.

During our model railway / tramway shows and transport market events, large areas of the Museum will be used as part of the event, so fewer vehicles will be on display - although you will have the chance to travel on our free heritage bus services at these events. Scroll down to find out more...

 

Getting to the Museum

We always recommend travelling to the Museum by public transport wherever possible. On event days it will often be difficult to park near the Museum. At some events you can travel to the Museum on our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle.

 

Admission charges

Revised admission charges will apply at our model railway and tramway shows. Heritage Open Days events are free.

CentreShuttle

Your free heritage link with the city

 

Please refer to individual events for timetable information.

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Free Heritage Bus Service

This symbol in an event listing means we will be operating a free heritage bus service during the event.

Please see each event for full details.

1960s Weekend

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017

 

Greater Manchester's buses 1960s style!

 

  • Experience 1960s bus travel in Greater Manchester
  • Display of buses which served the county in the 60s
  • Free heritage bus service to and from the Manchester Victoria area every 20 minutes
  • Frequent free heritage bus services around the local area with photo opportunities

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply (event price of £2 for employees of TfGM, Metrolink and GM bus operators)

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Free heritage bus service

Free heritage bus services will operate from the Museum of Transport at this event

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available

 

Trans Lancs Transport Show

Sunday 3 September 2017

 

Family friendly day out featuring classic & modern transport

 

 

The Trans Lancs Transport Show is a family friendly day out featuring classic and modern transport from all parts of Britain.

The Show is based in Heaton Park which is one of the largest public parks in Europe. With something for everyone, there’ll be classic and modern buses, military and commercial vehicles, cars and motorcycles on show. Close by are the fun fair, Boating Lake and Lakeside Café. Also in the park are an animal centre and playground, a Pitch & Putt Course and Heaton Hall itself.

 

Throughout the afternoon, there will be regular heritage transport links between the Show and the Museum of Transport, using Heaton Park Tramway and heritage buses from the Museum’s Collection. This will give visitors the opportunity to see the large collection of local buses and coaches on display at the Museum and to visit Heaton Park Tramway.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply

Admission to Heaton Park is free

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 
Free heritage bus service*

A free heritage bus service will operate between the Museum of Transport & Heaton Park (Middleton Road Gates):

from the Museum of Transport at 1150, 1230, 1250, 1310, then every 20 minutes until 1610

from Heaton Park (Middleton Road Gates) at 1200, 1220, 1240 and every 20 minutes until 1640

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

 

Vehicle and stall entry form

 

Model Railway and Tramway Shows

 

MRX: Model Railway Exhibition

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017

 

Family friendly day out featuring a wide variety of working model railway layouts

Our annual model railway exhibition featuring over 20 operational model railway layouts set among our historic road transport collection. There will also be seminars and demonstrations for people wishing to learn more about Digital Command Control (DCC) railway modelling and a wide range of trade stalls for all your model railway supplies.

 

This event is jointly organised with the Lancashire & Yorkshire DCC Model Rail Group which aims to promote Digital Command Control (DCC) model railways.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Revised charges apply: adults £7, accompanied children under 16 visit free, concessions £6

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available

 

Festival of Model Tramways

Returns in 2018

 

Family friendly day out featuring the highest quality model tramway layouts and displays

The premier model tramway event returns to the Museum of Transport. A wide selection of operational model tramway layouts will be on display together with sales stands selling materials, kits, drawings, photographs and books for model tram building.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Revised charges will apply.

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available all day

 

History and Heritage

 

Heritage Open Days

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017

 

Free admission & free heritage buses between the Museum, Museum of Science and Industry & People’s History Museum

Heritage Open Days is England's biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences - all of which are FREE to explore.

 

Every year in September we take part by providing free admission to the Museum for the event and operate a free heritage bus service linking the Museum of Transport with the People’s History Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester Jewish Museum.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Admission is free for this event

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 
Free heritage bus service

A free heritage bus service will link the Museum of Transport with the People’s History Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, plus Manchester Jewish Museum on the Sunday.

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

 

Transport Markets

 

Spring Transport Festival

 

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2017

A wide range of books, models and collectables for sale plus a display of vehicles

The North's most unusual gift fair extravaganza: part of our collection of historic buses and coaches will move to one side to make way for nearly a hundred stalls, stands and sellers offering everything from books about local transport to genuine historic bus ticket machines, and from photos of long-gone trams to real bus stops.

 

An unusual shopping trip can be capped with a ride back in time, as a free heritage bus service using old double-deckers from the 1960s and 1970s will link the Museum with Manchester’s Victoria railway station throughout both days of the event.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply (event price of £2 for employees of TfGM, Metrolink and GM bus operators)

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available

 

The Christmas Cracker

 

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2017

 

A wide range of books, models and collectables for sale plus a display of vehicles

Christmas draws near and this is the event to bring the year to an end in a happy way with opportunities to spend your money on transport memorabilia from books to models, photos to spare parts.

 

Part of our collection of historic buses and coaches will again move to one side to make way for nearly a hundred stalls, stands and sellers offering everything from books about local transport to genuine historic bus ticket machines, and from photos of long-gone trams to real bus stops. An unusual shopping trip can be capped with a ride back in time, as a free heritage bus service using old double-deckers from the 1960s and 1970s will link the Museum with Manchester’s Victoria railway station throughout both days of the event.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply (event price of £2 for employees of TfGM, Metrolink and GM bus operators)

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 mins until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available

 

Car Shows

 

Skoda Show

Sunday 22 January 2017

 

A selection of Skoda cars on display

Skoda, founded in 1895 and based in the Czech Republic, is one of the world's oldest car manufacturers. This event is organised by the North West Skoda Owners' Club and there will be a small display of a Skoda cars within the Museum.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm (cars will be on display until around 3pm)

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

 

Morris Minor Show

Sunday 26 February 2017

 

Classic cars from the 1940s to the 1970s on display

The Morris Minor was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis (creator of the Mini) and was built by Morris Motors, later by the British Motor Corporation and eventually British Leyland.

 

The Morris Minor Owners Club promotes the preservation and use of the post war Morris Minor, 1.6 million of which were produced between 1948 and 1971. This event is organised by the Manchester Branch of the Morris Minor Owners' Club.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm (cars will be on display until around 3pm)

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

 

Standard Triumph Show

Sunday 24 September 2017

 

A selection of classic Standard and Triumph cars on display

The Standard Motor Company of Coventry produced cars from 1903 to 1963 and in 1945 it purchased Triumph, after which it produced cars under both marques as Standard Triumph. The company eventually became part of Leyland Motors and then British Leyland.

 

The Standard Motor Club was formed in 1973 to promote interest in cars produced by The Standard Motor Company and Standard Triumph and The Manchester Standard Triumph Group of the Club was formed in 1999.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm (cars will be on display until around 3pm)

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

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1960s Weekend

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017

 

Greater Manchester's buses 1960s style!

 

  • Experience 1960s bus travel in Greater Manchester
  • Display of buses which served the county in the 60s
  • Free heritage bus service to and from the Manchester Victoria area every 20 minutes
  • Frequent free heritage bus services around the local area with photo opportunities

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply (event price of £2 for employees of TfGM, Metrolink and GM bus operators)

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Free heritage bus service

Free heritage bus services will operate from the Museum of Transport at this event

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available

 

Trans Lancs Transport Show

Sunday 3 September 2017

 

Family friendly day out featuring classic & modern transport

 

 

The Trans Lancs Transport Show is a family friendly day out featuring classic and modern transport from all parts of Britain.

The Show is based in Heaton Park which is one of the largest public parks in Europe. With something for everyone, there’ll be classic and modern buses, military and commercial vehicles, cars and motorcycles on show. Close by are the fun fair, Boating Lake and Lakeside Café. Also in the park are an animal centre and playground, a Pitch & Putt Course and Heaton Hall itself.

 

Throughout the afternoon, there will be regular heritage transport links between the Show and the Museum of Transport, using Heaton Park Tramway and heritage buses from the Museum’s Collection. This will give visitors the opportunity to see the large collection of local buses and coaches on display at the Museum and to visit Heaton Park Tramway.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply

Admission to Heaton Park is free

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 
Free heritage bus service*

A free heritage bus service will operate between the Museum of Transport & Heaton Park (Middleton Road Gates):

from the Museum of Transport at 1150, 1230, 1250, 1310, then every 20 minutes until 1610

from Heaton Park (Middleton Road Gates) at 1200, 1220, 1240 and every 20 minutes until 1640

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

 

Vehicle and stall entry form

 

Model Railway and Tramway Shows

 

MRX: Model Railway Exhibition

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017

 

Family friendly day out featuring a wide variety of working model railway layouts

Our annual model railway exhibition featuring over 20 operational model railway layouts set among our historic road transport collection. There will also be seminars and demonstrations for people wishing to learn more about Digital Command Control (DCC) railway modelling and a wide range of trade stalls for all your model railway supplies.

 

This event is jointly organised with the Lancashire & Yorkshire DCC Model Rail Group which aims to promote Digital Command Control (DCC) model railways.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Revised charges apply: adults £7, accompanied children under 16 visit free, concessions £6

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available

 

Festival of Model Tramways

Returns in 2018

 

Family friendly day out featuring the highest quality model tramway layouts and displays

The premier model tramway event returns to the Museum of Transport. A wide selection of operational model tramway layouts will be on display together with sales stands selling materials, kits, drawings, photographs and books for model tram building.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Revised charges will apply.

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available all day

 

History and Heritage

 

Heritage Open Days

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017

 

Free admission & free heritage buses between the Museum, Museum of Science and Industry & People’s History Museum

Heritage Open Days is England's biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences - all of which are FREE to explore.

 

Every year in September we take part by providing free admission to the Museum for the event and operate a free heritage bus service linking the Museum of Transport with the People’s History Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester Jewish Museum.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Admission is free for this event

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 
Free heritage bus service

A free heritage bus service will link the Museum of Transport with the People’s History Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, plus Manchester Jewish Museum on the Sunday.

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

 

Transport Markets

 

Spring Transport Festival

 

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2017

A wide range of books, models and collectables for sale plus a display of vehicles

The North's most unusual gift fair extravaganza: part of our collection of historic buses and coaches will move to one side to make way for nearly a hundred stalls, stands and sellers offering everything from books about local transport to genuine historic bus ticket machines, and from photos of long-gone trams to real bus stops.

 

An unusual shopping trip can be capped with a ride back in time, as a free heritage bus service using old double-deckers from the 1960s and 1970s will link the Museum with Manchester’s Victoria railway station throughout both days of the event.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply (event price of £2 for employees of TfGM, Metrolink and GM bus operators)

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available

 

The Christmas Cracker

 

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2017

 

A wide range of books, models and collectables for sale plus a display of vehicles

Christmas draws near and this is the event to bring the year to an end in a happy way with opportunities to spend your money on transport memorabilia from books to models, photos to spare parts.

 

Part of our collection of historic buses and coaches will again move to one side to make way for nearly a hundred stalls, stands and sellers offering everything from books about local transport to genuine historic bus ticket machines, and from photos of long-gone trams to real bus stops. An unusual shopping trip can be capped with a ride back in time, as a free heritage bus service using old double-deckers from the 1960s and 1970s will link the Museum with Manchester’s Victoria railway station throughout both days of the event.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply (event price of £2 for employees of TfGM, Metrolink and GM bus operators)

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink.

 

CentreShuttle*

Our free heritage CentreShuttle will operate:

from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 mins until 1630

from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643

*all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption

 

Refreshments

An expanded selection of light meals and refreshments, including a greater range of hot food, will be available

 

Car Shows

 

Skoda Show

Sunday 22 January 2017

 

A selection of Skoda cars on display

Skoda, founded in 1895 and based in the Czech Republic, is one of the world's oldest car manufacturers. This event is organised by the North West Skoda Owners' Club and there will be a small display of a Skoda cars within the Museum.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm (cars will be on display until around 3pm)

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

 

Morris Minor Show

Sunday 26 February 2017

 

Classic cars from the 1940s to the 1970s on display

The Morris Minor was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis (creator of the Mini) and was built by Morris Motors, later by the British Motor Corporation and eventually British Leyland.

 

The Morris Minor Owners Club promotes the preservation and use of the post war Morris Minor, 1.6 million of which were produced between 1948 and 1971. This event is organised by the Manchester Branch of the Morris Minor Owners' Club.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm (cars will be on display until around 3pm)

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

 

Standard Triumph Show

Sunday 24 September 2017

 

A selection of classic Standard and Triumph cars on display

The Standard Motor Company of Coventry produced cars from 1903 to 1963 and in 1945 it purchased Triumph, after which it produced cars under both marques as Standard Triumph. The company eventually became part of Leyland Motors and then British Leyland.

 

The Standard Motor Club was formed in 1973 to promote interest in cars produced by The Standard Motor Company and Standard Triumph and The Manchester Standard Triumph Group of the Club was formed in 1999.

 

Opening times

10am to 4.30pm (cars will be on display until around 3pm)

 

Admission charges

Standard charges apply

 

Getting to the Museum

We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum

 

Refreshments

Our usual selection of light meals and refreshments will be available all day

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester