Maidstone Carriage Museum


Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6YE

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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.

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Entry is free but donations welcome


Saturday, 7th September 2024 - Saturday, 7th September 2024

Saturday, 14th September 2024 - Saturday, 14th September 2024

Carriage within Maidstone Carriage MuseumHeritage Open Days: Inside Maidstone Carriage MuseumTake a look inside Maidstone Carriage Museum and discover some surprising stories and fascinating facts about this wonderful collection.
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Wednesday, 11th September 2024 - Wednesday, 11th September 2024

Thursday, 12th September 2024 - Thursday, 12th September 2024

Ceremonial carriage outside the Carriage MuseumHeritage Open Days: Behind the Scenes at the Carriage MuseumCome and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Maidstone Carriage Museum
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  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Family Fun
  • Indoor Attraction

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  • In town/city centre



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Adventurers049
      Brisbane, Australia
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      Excellent display of carriages
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 26th August 2023
      What a fantastic collection of carriages and sleds. The exhibition is set over two floors and they are well presented. Well worth a visit. Read full review
    • raymD9393FK
      My second visit some 45 years apart.
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 2nd September 2023
      My second visit to the Carriage Museum, the last time I was around 4 years old and remember standing beside a carriage thinking the wheels are massive! Some 45 years later I finally returned and yup... Read full review
    • Jessica O
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
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      Solo travel
      Great museum and staff knowledgeable
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 24th September 2023
      After visiting when I was a school many years ago ,I thought I would visit again.Lots of carriages ,horse harness,sledge and old photos .Staff very chatty and knowledgeable. I remember the old Gypsy... Read full review

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    Opening Times

    2024 opening (6 Apr 2024 - 21 Sept 2024)
    Monday - FridayClosed
    Saturday11:00 - 16:00
    Bank HolidayClosed

    * Seasonal opening - Saturdays only

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

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