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Wirral Transport Museum, Birkenhead

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Wirral Transport Museum is a museum situated approximately 0.5mi from the Mersey Ferry service at Woodside, Birkenhead, England.A vintage tram service links the museum and the ferry at certain times. Admission into the museum is free with a broad selection of vintage and classic vehicles, including trams, buses, cars, motorcycles, mopeds, bikes, and a fire engine. It also includes views of ongoing projects in the museum's workshops, a 26 feet long model railway layout, a reconstructed 1930s garage scene and various other transport-related static exhibits.HistoryThe museum was established in 1995 as the tram shed for the Wirral Tramway. In 2009, as part of its Strategic Asset Review, owners Wirral Borough Council planned to dispose of the museum, transferring it to a Community Development Trust. It recommended that "... the specialist role of the Transport Museum be protected as far as possible." By 2014, the council was in discussions to hand over management of the museum to a volunteer organisation. The museum volunteers and its staff look forward to developing the museum further.In 2011, the museum welcomed Ken Dodd, who took a ride on one of the trams for a BBC documentary.TramsThe tramway collection was set up in collaboration with volunteers from Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society. The Wirral Tramway commenced service in April 1995 with the Hong Kong built 1948-style units. Operated under contract by Blackpool Tramways for Wirral Borough Council, who took overall control in 2005.
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  • I am not really into transport museums but I went for my partner and I really enjoyed the museum. Not very big but can pass an hour or so in here. Worth a visit if you are in the area.  more »
  • Where else in this country that you can visit a transport museum arriving and departing in a tram on the public highway? Birkenhead has it all! Being a Transport Historian and a volunteer member of an...  more »
  • Take advantage of the Tram ride from the station - only ¬£1. It has even more buses than trains - and a model railway. Cost - a donation if you want. The Grandaughter really got involved with the iSpy ...  more »
  • The Museum was part of a 4 venue trip for a group from the Midlands; we also went to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, the U-Boat museum and took a cruise on the Mersey. The Museum is excellent with a wide range of vehicles, including historic trams, buses, vans cars and motorcycles. We took a tram to the ferry terminal, and returned to look round the Museum after our Mersey cruise. The Museum's staff are very friendly and enthusiastic.
  • If you get off the ferry at Seacombe and see a nice old vintage tram sitting there...hop on it without hesitation. It's not exactly a thrill ride, but rattling through the streets on a 100-year-old open top tram is surprisingly relaxing! The museum itself is great, there's more to see than just trams and buses, though it's hard not to admire the restoration work. Very kid-friendly too.
  • Fabulous day out for all the family
  • This is a great place to visit. We got the ferry to Seacombe, walked to the museum, then caught the historic tram to Woodside where the next boat to Liverpool was waiting for us.
  • Interesting museum