Oh I am a lucky girl, so lucky in fact, that my best friend Karen was kind enough to send us tickets to Crich Tramway Museum. She has been volunteering there for over 20 years and is currently the Chairwoman, I am very proud of her!
So yesterday, M and I made our way to Crich, where the museum is located and after a slight mishap (I put the wrong post code into the sat nav and ended up 16 miles away from where we should have been 😂), we arrived in just over 2 hours.
I think that when people imagine museums, they perhaps envisage lots of dusty artefacts behind glass, but nothing could be further from the truth in this instance. When we arrived, Karen met us at the gate and we were delighted to be given a map and leaflet about a special models exhibition that was happened this weekend. We were also given special pennies to pay for our TRAM RIDES! The idea is, is that you get a penny at the gate and then this pays your fare for all your tram rides throughout the day. Each time you go on a tram, the conductor gives you a ticket. 👍
The museum has around 4 trams running each day which go up and down a track, which I reckon takes about 10-15 minutes to go to the end of the line and back. There isn’t a timetable as such, but we never waited for more than a few minutes every time we wanted to take a tram. But we will come back to that…..
As you enter the museum you head down into the village as this is the centre of everything and leads to all the main attractions. There is a pub, tea rooms, ice cream parlour, sweet shop, gift shop, exhibition hall and several tram depots. We made our way around each area, and it was just fascinating and Karen is a real tram enthusiast and as she showed us round, she gave us many insights into each and every artefact and with she had a snippet of information about each and every tram.
But the best part for both M and I was riding on the actual trams. we agreed that our favourite was “the boat”, named appropriately, because of its shape…
But we did have a few more rides and each one was so atmospheric and allowed us to really feel what travelling by trams felt like. What was just amazing though, was that the trams are driven and conducted by volunteers. Everyone we met had an obvious passion for trams and them made our rides such an immersive experience. They were happy, enthusiastic and so informative. What a credit to Karen and the museum as a whole.
We such an amazing day we had, even stopping at the pub for a cup of tea and Rita’s Tea Rooms for some lunch. We had a perfect day and I if you are looking for a slightly unusual, but interesting day out – then I would definitely give this a go.
I found it such a gentle experience, which was honestly SOO relaxing, I can’t believe we waited so long to go.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Loved it!