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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.To visit Wirral Transport Museum and other attractions in Birkenhead, use our Birkenhead vacation route planner.
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We were to go on the ferry, but it wasn't running and we stumbled upon Transport Museum. Caught the tram from Woodside to the museum (easiest way to find museum). It has an interesting local collectio... read more »
An interesting museum with plenty of displayed items. Enlightening to read the letters sent to women working in transport after the war requesting them to leave their jobs to provide work for returnin... read more »
We visited here as part of The Wirral Bus & Tram Show on 2nd October. It was a well organized event and we really enjoyed exploring the museum which was also being used by a number of Trade Stands sel... read more »
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.
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.
A lovely end to a two day visit to a scene I formerly used to visit every Friday evening starting at the Woodside Hotel some 52 years ago. The ride on the Tram was a BONUS bringing back memories of a tram from the "Pier Head" to "Upper Tay Street" in Bootle early 50s. I must congratulate you & your team of volunteers Excellent
Fabulous museum great from and age range from 9-90. Everyone can have a great day out on a amazingly restored tram car or possibly a fabulous heritage bus!
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