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Here at Carlton Colville you will find a museum unique to the last detail, for this is the only place in the British Isles where visitors can not only view, but also ride on all three principal forms of public transport from the earlier part of the 20th Century. Once inside the museum there is so much to see and do that you'll want to stay all day.

Whether you take a ride on the Woodland Tramway or experience the silence and comfort of the trolleybus service, there is a new discovery to be made every minute. Or why not soak up the atmosphere of the museum with a walk through our street scene - complete with authentic street furniture. There is also ample opportunity to view the many vehicles in the museum collection and see how these are restored to their former glory. Hear the swish of trolleypoles, the purr of the diesel engine or the rhythmic hiss of steam, making this a real trip back in time.

Remember, once you've paid all the rides on Trams, Trolleybuses and the Railway are free so you can travel as much as you like!

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Museum Open 12noon to 4.30pm (Last admission 3.30pm)
Special Event Day - See the Special Events Diary below for more details

Museum Open 12noon till 4.30pm with addition of Larry Lodekka Running
(Last Admission 3.30pm)

Mid-May 40's Weekend!

Easter 2018
 (12 noon - 5pm)
Easter Egg Hunt

The season starts with a celebration of Easter for families on both days; with an Easter egg at the end of our free treasure hunt for every child, it is a lovely way to start our season.  Free parking on site


Mid-May 40's Weekend!

May 2018
Mid-May 40's Weekend!

Join us once again for a wonderful look back at the roaring 1940’s.  There will be a free park and ride service and bus services running to Lowestoft and Beccles using period buses, along with visiting vehicles of the era on both days.  There will be trade stands and our BBQ in the park, plus the early evening running of our vehicle fleet on Saturday in the unique setting of the museum, as well as the sounds of the music playing and dancing.  This is a weekend of fun and nostalgia not to be missed and there will be a price concession for those coming in costume.

Want to take part by bringing a vehicle or having a stall during this Event? Download a form here!




Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July 2017 (11am - 5pm)
ECW 30th anniversary weekend

We will be commemorating the closure of the famous Eastern Coach Works factory in Lowestoft 30 years ago, with a weekend full of visiting ECW bodied vehicles from all over the country.  There will be a free park & ride service, and bus services to Lowestoft and Beccles as well as other excursions; together with the BBQ in the park it will make this a worthy summer event to visit for bus enthusiasts and families alike.

End of Season Gala

Saturday 23rd (12 noon - 9pm) & Sunday 24th (11am - 5pm) September 2017
Trolleybus Weekend

As the season draws to a close, please join us for a weekend of fun where all available vehicles from our fleet will be running; as the nights are beginning to draw in, we will be running after dark on Saturday, when the Museum takes on a very special atmosphere under the streetlights.  There will be a free park and ride service and bus services to Beccles and Lowestoft as well as the BBQ in the park.  In addition, the trade stands along with the static exhibitions and visiting vehicles will make for a busy weekend for vehicle enthusiasts and families alike.

Want to take part by bringing a vehicle or having a stall during this Event? Download a form here!

Saturday 28th October (2pm - 7pm)

As we are open longer into October we can offer you some spooky happenings around our site as our woodland area is just the place to attract the creatures of the night.  We are having a free witch hunt for the children with a prize for every child.  The late running of our trams trolleybuses and train into the evening will be a chilling experience for all as the woods come alive with the spirits of All Hallows Eve when it gets dark!  Our free park and ride service operates on this day, giving you a chance to ride on one of our period buses.

Santa Tram

3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th,17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd December

All aboard for an unforgettable trip into our woodland winter wonderland to visit Santa Claus and his helpers. Unlimited Trolleybus & Railway Rides. A present from Santa for each child.
Booking Forms are available HERE!
This is a Pre-Book Only Event


PLEASE NOTE that a FREE Park & Ride service will operate on many of the above event days. There will be NO PUBLIC PARKING at the museum!

A drop-off point for disabled visitors close to the museum entrance will be available.



Our Terminus Tearooms are avaliable on every opening day from 12 noon until 4pm and even longer on some of our Special Event Days. We serve delicious Lavazza Coffee and Yorkshire Tea along with a selection of sweets, sandwiches, pastries, soft drinks & ice cream plus a café style light lunch - all at popular prices

Getting Here

The museum is well-served by public transport:-

From Lowestoft Bus and Rail Stations
FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES Service 103 (hourly) X22 (half-hourly) (Mon-Sats).

From Norwich Service X22 (half-hourly) Mon-Sats

BORDERBUS Service 146 (hourly) Mon-Sat – from Southwold and Norwich.

First Eastern Counties: Service X22  until 1818 (see First Eastern Counties Website for timetables)


Gift Aid


Are you a UK Tax Payer?

If so, then by turning your admission fee today# into a DONATION on which we can claim GIFT AID, we will give you a season ticket that you can use for FREE RETURN VISITS anytime over the next 12 months!*

All we need from you is a signed declaration that can be filled in quickly whilst entering the museum.

Please GIFT AID if you can. As we can claim 25p for every £1 you donate it's well worth it!

*Not valid on some Special Event Days.
# not available on Party Visit admissions.

Adults £9.00
OAPs £7.00
Children 5-15 £6.00
Parties of 10 or more
Adults £8.00
OAPs £6.00
Children 5 -15 £5.00

• Party Rates not available on Special Event Days (see calendar).
• All rides and attractions subject to availability.


We can accept party visits from April to the end of October but are unable to accept party visits on Mondays, Fridays, or just before, during or just after special event days (please see dates on the calendar above).

We are an ideal destination for:

~ School Trips
~ Childrens' Parties
~ Day Centre Visits
~ Coach Excursions
~ Social Club Visits
~ Car & Vehicle Club Rallies
~ Wedding Photography

Parties for daytime visits at times other than when the museum is normally open should contain a minimum of 20 visitors.

Party rates: Adult £8.00 each, Senior Citizens £6.00 each, Children 5 – 15 £5.00 each. Special rates are available for school parties. (Non-school parties are required to forward a non-returnable deposit of £40.00 with their booking request)

Parties for evening visits (after 6pm) should contain a minimum of 20 visitors. Please note there is a minimum charge of £100.00 for evening visits with no concessions available.

Confirmation of your visit must be received by the museum at least 14 days before the intended visit in order for us to have sufficient volunteer staff available. Visits from vintage and classic vehicle owners and clubs are also most welcome.

Any vintage vehicle can be displayed on the museum site during normal opening hours on days other than those of specific special events (see Events Diary). Or how about a Birthday Party! The museum café can offer a range of buffet options to suit all ages and tastes, and with all there is to see and do at the museum, you've got the entertainment in hand!

Full details and a booking form are available from the Party Visits Co-ordinator, Mrs Jean Hubble at the museum address, by email or on 07513 207 968 up to 9pm.