North West Museum of Road Transport

Due to the Coronavirus the museum is now closed

but whilst you're waiting have a look at our new virtual tour, see below

Virtual tour


History History History
History of the museum building

The building within which the North West Museum of Road Transport is housed was
constructed in 1881 for the town's horse-drawn trams. It continued in use for public transport purposes, housing steam and electric trams, trolleybuses and motor buses, firstly-by St Helens Corporation and latterly by Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive until 1985. The museum society was able to obtain a lease on the premises, which had always remained in the ownership of St Helens Council, and moved into the now rather run-down building in 1986. In 1994 the poor condition of the roof meant that the facility had to be closed to the public, although members were still able to work on the exhibits at times. A huge effort saw the building renovated and the roof replaced, resulting in the museum reopening in 2006. Grants had been obtained from the Single Regeneration Budget, European Regional Development Fund, Neighbourhood Renewal Funding, North West Coalfields Community Campaign and the DTI, together with a substantial contribution from the museum itself.


The Museum owned bus collection.

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Privately owned bus collection.

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Museum owned commercial and fire fighting equipment

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Private owned cars, light commercial & emergency vehicles

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The newest addition to the museum

1958 Austin 152 (J2) Paralanian

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The museum is in the heart of the town, a couple of minutes walk from the bus station and St.Helens Central railway station.

Admission fees are -
£4.00 for adults and concessions
£2.50 for accompanied children
£2.50 Disabled (and carers)
£12.50 for a family ticket.

Opening Times

Saturday & Sunday 11am to 3pm

Drinks & Snacks are available inside the Museum

Free vintage bus rides operate on the first Sunday of each month and during event days.

On event day’s you can also visit the model railways of RAINHILL M.R.C which are housed within the museum.
RainhillMRC Web Site

We are a dog friendly museum and welcome responsible dog owners. 


We welcome school groups throughout the year

If you are interested in bringing your school children to visit the museum during the week, please contact Keith Naylor at The cost is only £2.50 per child (teachers, class room assistants & parents are free) The cost includes up to 4 information packs for the school to take away, including road, rail & canal transport systems.


Mercedes-Benz Club Day

Come and see a display of Mercedes cars old and new, courtesy of the Mercedes-Benz Club

  • Date: 02/08/2020 11:00
  • Location: Hall Street, St Helens, UK (Map)

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Upcoming Events

Title Date Location
Family Day 30 Aug 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Halton Transport Bus Running Day 25 Oct 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Classic Car Show 08 Nov 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Santa Weekend 12 Dec 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK

Past Events

Title Date Location
Italian Job - CANCELLED 14 Jun 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Spring Classic Cars 03 May 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Easter Egg Hunt 12 Apr 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Spring Heritage Bus Running - Copy 08 Mar 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK

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The museum has a library of over 1000 articles. We are adding a new category, Service & Parts Manuals. Select the link to display the catalogue.

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Museum Shop

Take home a memento of your visit


A great deal of effort is given by volunteers to keep the museums fleet on the road. The workshops at the rear of the museum currently house a number of vehicles which are going through various stages on maintenance. From a simple service to a complete engine replacement, the work is all done by volunteers.

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Restoration of the fleet is an on going project for the team of volunteers. The following pages will you keep you updated on progress.

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Another very successful day, the Classic Car event with North West Casual Classics

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La France

This car is the oldest motor vehicle in the museum, and one of the most unusual. It is a La France, built in 1914, and was originally built as a fire engine, being based in Tennessee and later California. The petrol engine is 14.5 litres (huge by today's standards), and the rear wheels are connected by a chain drive.

A big thank you to the 367 attendees who joined us at the Autumn Running Day

Follow this link for a short video of the day


Membership Application

This is an exciting time for the Museum, and we need your support! If you would like to help, you can become a member by completing the membership application. We value the support of all our members, and if you would like to become actively involved as a 'working member', there are plenty of opportunities to work on all types of vehicles.

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  • North West Museum of Road Transport, 51 Hall Street, St.Helens, England, United Kingdom
  • Registered Charity No 513262


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