Britain’s best transport museums

Discover Britain’s transport heritage


The world's first great ocean liner launched in 1843, Bristol, England.

Experience the feats of engineering that changed the face of British transport, from the first iron ships to early motor cars and the London Underground. Step into historic streets, recreated to bring the past to life at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, then learn all about the history of rail...

London Transport Museum, London

In the heart of Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum is a treasure-trove of historic vehicles. See how people got around in bygone days, from original omnibuses to early Tube carriages and horse drawn vehicles. Together, they tell the story of the city’s growth into a fully modern metropolis over the last two centuries.

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Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

See historic vehicles, from trams to horse drawn wagons, locomotives and more. You can even step inside reconstructed shops and see how things changed from the 1890s to the 1930s, while you learn about how Glasgow grew up around the River Clyde. See vintage cars, learn about river transport, and climb inside all kinds of old-fashioned vehicles too.

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Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, England

Some of the most remarkable vehicles of the 19th and 20th centuries are to be found hidden away in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Flanked by wooded parkland, Beaulieu National Motor Museum brings together unique and famous vehicles of all shapes and sizes. You’ll see everything from the origins of motoring to modern rally cars, land-speed record breakers and F1 Grand Prix cars.

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National Railway Museum, York, England

Walk among huge, gleaming locomotives and imagine them rushing at full speed through the countryside in days gone by. York Railway Museum combines 300 spectacular vehicles with a comprehensive history of British railways that really brings the heyday of rail travel to life. See original posters, photographs, and a huge collection of railway-related artefacts, from timepieces to furniture and historical footage.

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SS Great Britain, Bristol, England

Climb aboard the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic! One of Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s finest achievements, the SS Great Britain is now a huge museum ship, restored to its former glory over decades. It was originally built to ferry passengers between Bristol and New York, and it was very advanced for its time. Explore below decks and see its enormous steam engine, built to withstand the might of the ocean, overhear conversations between the crew, and discover what life at sea was like.

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