North West Museum of Road Transport

Open Saturdays and Sundays

COVID 19 Staying Secure

For the safety of all our customers and staff we have implemented a number of safety measures:

  • Please use contactless payment when possible.
  • Customers will be asked to complete track and trace information when entering the museum.
  • Hand Sanitiser is located at the entrance of the museum and near the toilets, please ensure you wash your hands regularly.
  • You must wear a face covering whilst in the museum, this is now the law.
  • Please follow social distancing signage whilst queuing and follow the one way system within the museum.

For the time being we cannot allow visitors to board any of the exhibits as we are not in a position to guarantee that exhibits have been cleaned to anti-viral standards.
Our primary concern is for everyone's health and safety.
We hope you will understand and not be disappointed; this is in line with precautions taken by other museums.

With your help we can ensure that everyone enjoys the museum.

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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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A relatively new addition to the museum

1958 Austin 152 (J2) Paralanian

See our Features page for more information


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

Open Saturday & Sunday- 11am to 4pm

At this time we are unable to provide refreshments.

Free vintage bus rides have been cancelled due the government restrictions around COVID-19.

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

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

School Visits have been suspended due to the CORONA Virus

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.


Halton Transport Bus Running Day - Cancelled

Free rides on preserved Halton Transport and Widnes Corporation buses to remember 100 years of municipally owned public transport in Widnes and Runcorn, following the end of Halton’s operations in January 2020.

  • Date: 25/10/2020 11:00
  • Location: Hall Street, St Helens, UK (Map)

Upcoming Events

Title Date Location
Classic Car Show - - Cancelled 08 Nov 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Santa Weekend - Cancelled 12 Dec 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK

Past Events

Title Date Location
Family Day - Cancelled 30 Aug 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Mercedes-Benz Club Day - Cancelled 02 Aug 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Italian Job - CANCELLED 14 Jun 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Spring Classic Cars - Cancelled 03 May 2020 Hall Street, St Helens, UK
Easter Egg Hunt - Cancelled 12 Apr 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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Our New Museum Shop

Take home a memento of your visit


After ’57 'years, ‘BRS’ is coming back to St.Helens.

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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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