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Greater Manchester Transport Heritage

As the birthplace of the industrial revolution the North West has a fascinating industrial history, with Greater Manchester playing a key role in many industrial developments, including the expansion and improvement of transport services.

From the world's first passenger railway to one of the busiest UK tram systems, Greater Manchester's transport achievements have shaped transportation networks across the globe.

The city's transport heritage can still be viewed today and is celebrated in a number of attractions across the region, including the East Lancashire Railway and the Bury Transport Museum, taking visitors on a journey of discovery through the exciting depths of the North West's transport past!

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Heaton Park Tramway

Heaton Park Tramway is the country's only restored tramway located in the picturesque setting of one of Europe's largest municipal parks.

Originally opened in 1980, the line has been extended several times and now runs across Heaton Park to the boating lake, on track which dates back to the original Manchester corporation tramway of 1905.

The tramway has a growing collection of electric trams from Greater Manchester and Blackpool, as well as a new depot. Alongside providing tram rides. the tramway also allows visitors free entry into its museums which contains artefacts and historic accounts of Manchester Tramways from horse drawn vehicles to the latest Metrolink system.

For more information on Heaton Park Tramway visit their website or call 0161 740 1919.


Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

Celebrating more than a century of public road transport in Greater Manchester, the Museum is home to over seventy historic vehicles from a horse drawn bus of the 1890s to a prototype light rail vehicle for Greater Manchester's Metrolink.

In between you'll find trolleybuses, luxurious coaches and every type of bus imaginable! To complete this transport experience, the museum is located within a genuine bus garage with plenty of visitor facilities, including a gift shop and tea room serving snacks and light meals throughout the day.

For more information on Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester visit their website or call 0161 205 2122.

Standard ticket prices will apply for each attraction, please visit individual venue websites for further information.



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