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Maidstone Carriage Museum

Maidstone

Type:Museum

Mill Street, MAIDSTONE, Kent, ME15 6YE

Tel: +44 01622 602848

Maidstone Carriage Museum

About

Maidstone Carriage Museum is home to a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles and transport curiosities. More than 60 vehicles are displayed, from grand carriages and ornate sleighs to antique sedan chairs and Victorian cabs - even an original ice cream cart.

The collection is the legecy of Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake, local benefactor and mayor who began collecting carriages when he saw that the motor car was forcing the horse-drawn vehicles of his childhood off the road. He advertised for the nucleus of his collection and in 1946 the Museum of Carriages was opened. The collection was the first of its kind and is viewed as the finest in Europe.

The Museum is located in the Archbishops' Stables, built in the 14th century as part of the Archbishops' Palace courtyard.

Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 16.00 (May to September)

The museum can open for group visits all year round by special arrangement. Please contact us for more information.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
AdultFree
ChildFree
ConcessionFree
FamilyFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Town centre and follow brown heritage signs

Opening Times

* If you would like to book a school or group visit whilst the Museum is closed, we will be glad to open the Museum for you. Please contact Kevin Brice, Heritage Operations Manager on 01622 602855 or email

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