Yesterday I had planned to head to a local town for a walk around and a look in the charity shops a spot of lunch and a stroll to a park. However, when my mum phoned to ask if I had a plan b… I decided that we might need an ‘indoors’ day out instead! The rain was heavy, and whilst I don’t have a problem have a walk in the rain… it didn’t seem sensible given the children have both only just shaken off colds.
I did think we might go swimming, but the pool wasn’t open until midday so a quick google and I saw the Museum of Transport was open. Hurrah!
We headed off there and it turned out to be a lovely way to spend the morning. Like most children, Mr D is particularly interested in machinery and vehicles. The entry fee was a very reasonable £4 for adults (children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult). We were greeted by two very friendly men and given a quick guide to the museum. We had a walk around and it was lovely to see how the buses have changed and developed – some of them I remembered from my own childhood!
Mr D and Miss E loved these horses!
Some of the buses are open so you can go on them, which of course Mr D and Miss E really enjoyed. We got to look at the old style Manchester trams as well as an old fire engine – which had a bell for the children to ring.
We stopped in the onsite cafe which was remarkable value – £1 for a hot drink (with free refills offered on tea and coffee). We had a kit kat each and the children had a glass of milk, but there were sandwiches and other things available which all looked to be well priced. (and the coffee was good quality coffee too!).
After we had enjoyed our refreshments we had another look around and headed over to the children’s activity area. I was surprised how good this area was. I hadn’t expected much but there were tables set out with a lot of different pictures for the children to colour in as well as a brilliant colour and build your own train sheet which when completed folds into a train.
There is also a small bus (above) which Mr D and Miss E had loads of fun playing on! There are uniforms for them to wear and they even got to have a play with an old style ticket machine.
They both really enjoyed the day, and we will certainly be heading back to the museum soon. It was brilliant value for money, well set up and the staff all very friendly.
For opening days and times please visit the museum’s website here.