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Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages

Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages is located at Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent.  ME15 6YE

The Carriage museum is now closed until May 2015. Group visits can be arranged during the winter period by contacting museumbookings@maidstone.gov.uk or 01622 602314/602847.

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.

ALL GENERAL ENQUIRIES please call 01622 602838

If you would like to book a Group visit to the Tywrhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages please contact our events team on museuminfo@maidstone.gov.uk 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 museumeducation@maidstone.gov.uk or call 01622 602853

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Carriage Museum

The Carriage Museum is now closed for the winter and will re-open May 2015. Group visits can be booked by contacting the bookings team on 01622 602314/602847 or museumbookings@maidstone.gov.uk

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  • Saturday 3rd January 2015

    10:30am-12:30pm

    Cur8

    Please note: There is no Cur8 this week.

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  • Tuesday 6th January 2015

    11:00am-12:30pm

    Tuesday Tours

    Join us the first Tuesday of every month for a guided tour of the history of the...

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  • Wednesday 7th January 2015

    10:30am-11:30am

    Musical Merry Go Round

    Musical Merry Go Round Join us on the first Wednesday of the month, for singing and storytelling...

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