Top Ten Transport Events

All aboard for the many transport events taking place across the country, from vintage fairs to military museums…

© Suzi Bunting - Find out for yourself what a steam yacht gondola could possibly be...

From the weird to the wonderful, vintage to the brand spanking new, transport comes in many shapes and sizes. Heritage Open Days has always hosted many events highlighting English transport heritage, and this year is no different. To give you a flavour of just some of the many, we’ve dug out a few of our favourites to create our latest Top Ten spotlights.

Get cycling!

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Not just a short cycle, this route has been planned by experienced bike leaders to let you experience the most from Heritage Open Days. Along the way, you will stop at not just one, but three HODs events including a windmill, park abbey and museum.  

The history of railways will be explored in an exciting exhibition / Martin Whitlock

Celebrate 180 years of railway history

Northampton, Northamptonshire

Railways are a fascinating and important part of British transport history, visit the vibrant exhibition for a brilliant local insight into the story of the first London to Birmingham railway line opening 180 years ago. 

Understanding military heritage through transport

Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

The largest collection of its kind, the North East Land Sea & Air Museum offers a chance to explore aeroplanes, military vehicles and fire engines. Visitors will be able to sit at the controls of a retired jet aircraft, take a tour of a vintage tram and wander around the extensive collection of exhibits.

All aboard for fascinating trips across Winchester with King Alfred Vintage Bus Twilight Service / Ray Stenning

Take the tram by twilight

Winchester, Hampshire

Tours across city and country highlights are being offered by the King Alfred Buses, giving visitors a chance to explore both local heritage and vintage transport. See the 14 buses dating from between 1931 - 1971 in this unique event.

Have you ever been aboard a steam yacht gondola?

Coniston, Cumbria

A unique steam powered yacht, owned and operated by the National Trust is open for you to explore for free. Visitors can find out more about the story of the rescue and the rebuild, chat to the crew on board and celebrate the  regional flagship award given this year. 

Explore the transport involved in local industry

St Austell, Cornwall

In the grounds of Wheal Martyn Museum, the transport involved in the china clay industry in the local area will be on display. Including some rare and unique museum artefacts from heavy horses to vintage vehicles and modern industry heavy-weights.

Vintage motors all parked up ready to be investigated this September / Winchester MG Owners Club

For any motor enthusiasts out there

Winchester, Hampshire

In the grounds of Winchester Cathedral a whole display of classic and vintage cars will be parked up for visitors to marvel at. Featuring models from the 1950s - 2000s you can have a chat with the owners of cars rekindling memories from across the ages.

Behind the doors of an old tram depot

Leicester, Leicestershire

Normally closed, this event offers a unique unique opportunity to see the former Leicester Corporation Tramways Department Edwardian District Tram Depot at Stoneygate, including a fascinating display about the story of the tram depot and free bus trips.

Discover Manchester’s public road transport history

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Take a trip back in time with one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. From a Victorian horse drawn bus to the prototype Metrolink tram, see behind the scenes and sit in fascinating vehicles that took Greater Manchester folk to work, shops and outings to the coast and countryside.

Discover everything there is to know about lifeguarding with the RNLI / Shoreham Lifeboat RNLI

150 years of saving lives at sea

Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

At Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station you will be shown around this fascinating place by a knowledgeable volunteer. See the large boat hall, crew training room / class room, proper drying facilities for wet crew kit, changing facilities and a viewing platform.

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