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Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages

The Carriage museum will re-open on 30 April 2014

FREE admission from 30 April to 4 May 2014. Admission charges apply from 7 April onwards.

The Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages offers an insight into the fascinating history of transport and is home to a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles and transport curiosities. More than 60 vehicles are displayed, from grand carriages such as Queen Victoria’s State Landau to antique sedan chairs and Victorian ‘growlers’. 

The Carriage Museum collection was the gift of Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake, twelve times Mayor of Maidstone. He began collecting carriages when he realised that the horse-drawn vehicles of his childhood were being forced off the road by the motor car. Thanks to his energy and enthusiasm the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages opened in 1946. It was the first of its kind in Britain and is still viewed as one of the finest in Europe.

The collection is housed in the 14th century stables, part of the medieval Archbishop’s Palace complex used by the Archbishop of Canterbury when travelling through the county.

Opening Times: Wednesday to Sunday 12.00pm to 4.00pm 

Entrance Cost:  £2.00 Adult.  £1.00 Senior Citizen and Child over 5.  Child under 5 free

Tours: Tours of the Carriage Museum can be arranged for groups:

Peak Season, during normal opening hours:  £50 minimum spend for up to 20 persons, £2.50 per person thereafter

Off-peak Season: £96 minimum spend for up to 20 persons, £4.80 per person thereafter

If you would like to book a Group visit to the Tywrhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages please contact our events team on or call 01622 602847/ 602314

If you would like to book a School visit to the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages please contact our Education Team on or call 01622 602853


Carriage Museum Open

The Carriage Museum re-opens on Wednesday 30 April and is FREE entry until Sunday 4 May. Open 12 - 4pm Wednesday to Sunday until Sunday 28 September. Entry charges apply from 7 May onwards.

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