British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Preston

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The British Commercial Vehicle Museum displays antiquarian buses, early fire engines and other historical and commercial vehicles produced by the British manufacturing industry.

The museum is located in King Street, Leyland, Lancashire on part of a site previously occupied by the Leyland Motors factory, the source of many exhibits.

Funding methods include the admission charges and membership tickets. More recently, a major investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund has contributed to a major refurbishment and website redesign by local digital agency Fertile Frog. The museum is now open throughout the year, six days per week ( see website for details ).

Events include Classic Vehicles, Model Makers Exhibition and the Spring Transport Show.

In 2010, the museum was one of three featured on Richard Macer's BBC Four series Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
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  • Partner a Vehicle enthusiast but you don't need to be. Lots of lorries, buses and models. Also the Popemobile. Three vehicles can be boarded. Attendant's keen and informative. Well presented and... 
    Partner a Vehicle enthusiast but you don't need to be. Lots of lorries, buses and models. Also the Popemobile. Three vehicles can be boarded. Attendant's keen and informative. Well presented and...  more »
  • We visited here over the Easter weekend and had a very enjoyable hour. It's extremely easy to get to, literally just a minute from the M6 motorway. It doesn't take terribly long to look round but it.....  more
    We visited here over the Easter weekend and had a very enjoyable hour. It's extremely easy to get to, literally just a minute from the M6 motorway. It doesn't take terribly long to look round but it.....  more »
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  • Surprisingly great place to visit! I say surprising, as I was "forced" to go with my dad who wanted to see it. But once in, the place was great with some interesting exhibits and some wonderful experiences about what Leyland was like. No cafe today, but I believe its opening soon. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers for keeping this place going and looking great. 👍
  • A great collection of classic trucks and buses reflecting the commercial vehicles manufacturing history of Leyland. The recently refurbished building provides an excellent setting for a pleasant couple of hours looking at many fascinating exhibits. There is also an excellent gift shop and cafe to complete your visit. Update June 2022 - the cafe has reopened under new management.

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