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Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages

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

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.  Last admission 3.30pm. 

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

ALL GENERAL ENQUIRIES please call 01622 602838


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

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

Off-peak Season: Can be arranged during the winter period by contacting or 01622 602314/602847 

For Group visits please contact our events team on or call 01622 602847/ 602314

For School visits please contact our Education Team on or call 01622 602853


Carriage Museum

The Carriage Museum is open from 1st May 2015. Wed - Sun 12pm - 4pm. Last Admission 3.30pm. Group visits can be booked on 01622 602314/602847 or Admission charges apply

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