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Museum of British Road Transport

St. Agnes Lane
West Midlands
Tel: 01203 832425

I recently accompanied my husband and 2 young children to the Museum of British Road Transport in Coventry. First of all I should mention that it is well signposted and easy to find. The entrance is free.

The prospect of spending a morning looking at vehicles wasn't very exciting to me but I soon found myself getting more and more interested as we turned each corner.

In a walk through period setting there are cars from the late 19th and early 20th century complete with life size models of drivers and passengers. In a more normal museum setting the later cars of the 20th century are on display along with some ideas of what cars might be like in the 21st century. There are racing cars and rally cars - Thrust II is even on display which was of particular interest to my husband.

If you are keen on bicycles there are loads to look at including Penny Farthings, tandems and bikes made to accomodate a large number of riders!

My little boy loved the room full of old toy vehicles where a huge model town was on display. For me though, the best feature was the Coventry Blitz experience. This is typical of the museum, which overall offers a social history of the influence of transport on our lives over the past 120 years.

On a final note if you were to ask my two year old daughter what she liked best it would be the full size Barbie car complete with life size Barbie at the wheel!