Maidstone Carriage Museum


Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6YE

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Due to the Covid 19 Coronavirus outbreak Maidstone Carriage Museum will be closed for the 2020 season.


Maidstone Carriage Museum is home to a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles and transport curiosities. More than 60 vehicles are displayed, from grand carriages and ornate sleighs to antique sedan chairs and Victorian cabs - even an original ice cream cart.

The collection is the legecy of Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake, local benefactor and mayor who began collecting carriages when he saw that the motor car was forcing the horse-drawn vehicles of his childhood off the road. He advertised for the nucleus of his collection and in 1946 the Museum of Carriages was opened. The collection was the first of its kind and is viewed as the finest in Europe.

The Museum is located in the Archbishops' Stables, built in the 14th century as part of the Archbishops' Palace courtyard.


Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults£2.00 per ticket
Child under 5 yearsFree
Children 5 years and over£2.00 per ticket
Family (2 + 2)£6.00 per ticket
Seniors£2.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Family Fun
  • Indoor Attraction

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Deborah R
      Kincardine, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 30th September 2018
      So interesting and worth a quick peek. Many beautiful carriages, steeped in history. Loved the baby carriages and old photos of Maidstone Read full review
    • richard1951
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Fantastic Museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 26th October 2018
      A group of 11 friends visited the museum today. The council opened the museum for a private visit together with a guide. The guide was excellent which made the visit even more memorable. I would... Read full review
    • lizziewizzevans
      Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 5th October 2019
      Our visit was for a very specific reason. My great grand father had been caretaker of a carriage that I had been told was in the museum. We travelled nearly 700 miles to see it and it was worth... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Town centre and follow brown heritage signs

    Public Transport Directions

    Trains from Kent Coast, Canterbury, Ashford and London Charing Cross or London Victoria to Maidstone East, 2 minutes walk through Brenchley Gardens at rear of Museum.

    Opening Times

    2021 opening (3 May 2021 - 1 Sept 2021)
    Monday - ThursdayClosed
    Friday - Sunday12:00 - 16:00
    Bank HolidayClosed


    The museum can open for group visits all year round by special arrangement. Please contact us for more information.

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