Ipswich Transport Museum
is a collection of over 100 major transport and engineering objects which were made or used in the Ipswich area. They show how people used to travel, and remind us of the many things that were actually designed and built on our doorstep.
Our Transport Collections are lovingly cared for by dedicated volunteers. The collection started over 40 years ago with just one bus, and has grown into one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind. You can see buses and bicycles, prams and a police car, lawnmowers and lorries, fire engines and a funeral hearse. The amazing selection of local vehicles is supported by a variety of small exhibits, display material and ephemera.
The museum also houses the Ipswich Engineering Collection, which includes many items from well known companies including Ransomes, Rapier, Cranes, Reavell and Cocksedge. The display includes cranes, fork lift trucks, lawnmowers and intricate models.
Things to see and do...
We allow access inside certain vehicles so you can see how different they are to modern ones.
Perhaps ring the bell on the fire engine, drive Ã¢'¬ËDennis the Bus' or sample the sumptuous interior of our Bedford OB coach.
View our restoration projects and see how our volunteers transform wrecks into gleaming reminders of the past.
Look in our exhibition rooms and see themed displays about air, rail and waterborne transport.
Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or a soft drink and snacks in the Sunbeam Tea Room. Browse the gift shop for toys, models, books and novelties.
The museum has level access with accessible WC and a baby change table. Wheelchairs can access the tea room with assistance. We show a number of archive films. Children can drive Ã¢'¬ËDennis the Bus' and we provide access inside several of our vehicles.
For 2014 we have introduced Debit Card and Credit Card payment options.
Please note the tea room is not permanently staffed on quiet days but refreshments are normally available
Guided Tours, Educational and Group Visits:
We welcome visits from groups, schools and colleges. School visits include a guided tour and are £4 per pupil. Additionally we can offer Ã¢'¬ËMichael's Mystery' for Keystage 2. Adult tours cost £7 per person.
Lectures: We provide illustrated talks on transport and engineering history. Please contact the museum for more details.
Museum opening times in 2014...
Sundays and Bank Holidays 11-4 pm from 30th March to 30th November
Weekdays Monday to Friday 1pm-4pm during Easter, May, Summer and October School Holidays
Wednesday afternoons 1-4pm in June, July and September
Special event days - usually 11am to 4pm but times and admission prices do vary - check special event web page or our leaflet
Adults £5.50, Children £3.50, Concessions £5.00
Family Ticket £16.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Special Event Admission prices (most events - see below for details)
Adults £7.00, Children £4.50, Concessions £6.00,
Family Ticket £20.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
NOTE: SAT. 28th JUNE: JOINT EVENT ADMISSION TICKET TO ALL ATTRACTIONS ADULTS/CONCESSIONS £9.50 ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN £1
SAT. 18th OCTOBER: ADULT/CONCESSION £7.00, CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED
How to Find Us
By Road (follow brown signs from Town Centre or A14 Jct 57)
From London and South: A12 Northbound, A14 Eastbound
From Midlands and North: A14 Eastbound
From East Anglia (North/West): A140 South, A14 Eastbound
Follow signs for A14 Felixstowe, continue over the Orwell Bridge and exit at next slip road (Junction 57), signed Nacton and Ransomes Europark, follow signs to Town Centre and Cliff Quay.
Brown signed route: Take the third exit at the Thrasher pub roundabout, second exit at John Lewis roundabout and first exit at Sainsbury's Roundabout. Continue along Felixstowe Road to St. Augustine's; first exit at church roundabout. Immediately after railway bridge and before traffic lights, turn left and immediately left again into Cobham Road. The Museum is visible uphill on the right.
Alternative route: Take the second exit at the Thrasher pub roundabout, and continue approx. Ã½ mile, turn right into Lindbergh Road. Follow along into Cobham Road.
From East Anglia (East Coast): A12 South, A14 Westbound
Join A14 westbound, leave at first exit (Junction 57), signed Nacton and Ransomes Europark, follow signs to Town Centre and Cliff Quay, as detailed above.
By Public Transport (to St. Augustine's Church or Cobham Road)
By Train/Bus: Trains to Ipswich. Bus from station to town centre. Change in town centre for bus to Transport Museum. Bus service information is best accessed from local operators directly, or the Traveline information service. Travel to St Augustine's Church (approx 5 min walk) or Cobham Road.
Ipswich Buses - 0800 919390
First - 08456 020 121 www.firstgroup.com
Traveline - 0871 200 22 33 www.travelineeastanglia.org.uk
Suffolk County Council bus & rail information - www.suffolkonboard.com