The Ipswich Transport Museum
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 go about their daily lives, 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 50 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 Sims and Jefferies, Ransomes and 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 many of our vehicles. Visitors can view their interiors and see how different they are from the ones we use today.
Walk around our restoration zone. See restoration work in progress, transforming old wrecks into gleaming reminders of the past.
Look into our exhibition rooms and see examples of air, rail and waterborne transport. Study themed displays, together with old films made locally showing transport and engineering in Ipswich.
Children can operate trains on the big G scale model railway layout. Ring a bell on a fire engine, drive Dennis the Bus and make use of the children's activity area.
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 'Dennis the Bus' and we provide access inside several of our vehicles.
We have 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 £4.50 per pupil.
We also offer the challenge of 'Michael's Mystery' for Keystage 2 pupils - please contact us for further details.
Adult guided tours for clubs, and societies cost £8 per person. Catering options are available on request.
For clubs and societies, we provide illustrated talks on transport and engineering history. Please contact the museum for more details.
Museum Opening Times for 2018
Sundays and Bank Holidays 11-4pm from 18th March to 2nd December
Weekdays Monday to Friday 1pm-4pm during Easter, May, Summer and October School Holidays
Wednesday afternoons 1-4pm in 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
ITM Calendar 2018
Click here for Museum Events page
From London and South: A12 Northbound, A14 Eastbound
Admission Prices for 2018
Family Ticket £16.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Special Event Prices (most events - see below for details)
Family Ticket Family Ticket £20.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Under 5 years old free
NOTE: SAT. 23RD JUNE: JOINT EVENT ADMISSION TICKET TO ALL ATTRACTIONS ADULTS/CONCESSIONS £9.50 ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN £1
SAT. 20TH OCTOBER, WHEELS BY LAMPLIGHT: ADULT/CONCESSION £7.00, CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED
Children under 5 are admitted free. Child rate applies from 5th to 16th birthday.
Student card holders admitted at concession rate.
To Contact the Museum
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.
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.
Finding the Museum - By Public Transport (to St. Augustine's Church or Cobham Road)
Trains to Ipswich. Bus from Station to town centre. Change in town centre for bus to Transport Museum.
Regular bus service information is best accessed from local operators direct, or the Traveline information service.
Travel to St Augustine's Church (approx 5 min walk) or Cobham Road.
Travel contacts and websites:
Ipswich Buses - 0800 919390 Ipswich Buses
First - 08456 020 121 First Group Buses in Norfolk and Suffolk
Traveline - 0871 200 22 33 Traveline East Anglia
Suffolk County Council bus & rail information Suffolk On Board