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 Jeffries, 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 certain vehicles so you can see how different they are to modern ones.
Perhaps ring the bell on the fire engine, drive 'Dennis 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.
We show a selection of archive films taken in and around the Ipswich 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 a Debit Card payment facility.
Please note: the tea room is not permanently staffed on quiet days but refreshments are normally available.
Museum Opening Times for 2016
The museum opens on around 100 days throughout the year, mainly on Sundays, Bank Holidays and during the school holidays.
Generally we are closed on Saturdays. Our season runs from 29th March to 29th November.
Our opening dates and times are shown below, click the hyperlink for our 2016 calendar.
Sundays and Bank Holidays 11-4 pm from 20th March to 27th November
Weekdays Monday to Friday 1pm-4pm during Easter, May, Summer and October School Holidays
Wednesday afternoons 1-4pm in July and September
ITM Calendar 2016
Click here for Museum Events page
From London and South: A12 Northbound, A14 Eastbound
Admission Prices for 2016
Standard Admission Prices (orange, green and blue dates)
Child (5-16): £3.50
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £16.00
Under 5 years old free
Special Event Prices (most events - see below for details)
Child (5-16): £4.50
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): £20.00
Under 5 years old free
NOTE: SAT. 28th JUNE Ipswich Transport & Model Festival : JOINT EVENT ADMISSION TICKET TO ALL ATTRACTIONS ADULTS/CONCESSIONS £9.50 ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN £1.
SAT. 18th OCTOBER Wheels by Lamplight: ADULT/CONCESSION £7.00, CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED.
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.
We also offer the challenge of 'Michael's Mystery' for Keystage 2 - please contact us for further details.
Adult guided tours cost £7 per person.
We provide illustrated talks on transport and engineering history.
Please contact the museum for more details.
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.
A free bus to the museum will run on 3rd, 10th and 17th August, see Museum Events
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