I was going to claim this was a place I’d never been until the birth of my son, it is all rather male and yeah very much the kind of thing enjoyed by boys especially under the age of 5.
When I was researching the admission policy I discovered it’s free with a valid Wayfarer ticket. This surprised me not for any reason other than I’m a bit of a public transport geek, I have a near problematic obsession with use of my weekly travel pass. So how had this loophole escaped my attention? Well I’m sharing the knowledge now.
This made me remember I did visit during my first year of uni to ask them if they would be interested in showing my foundation photography project on the number 53 bus. This is one of the longest running bus services in Manchester that has passed though nearly every neighbourhood I’ve lived in during my 20 year stay in the city.
I’ve visited a few times finding it better every time perhaps just by the increase in interest in all things vintage. The buses are well cared for and beautiful examples of how much better things used to be made. The cafe in the museum is a bit odd but very charming with it. (and also super cheap) Leaning against the side of the cafe is a historical collection of bus seats showing you changes in design over the last 50 or so years, it’s this quirkiness that makes it worth a visit.