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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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opening times

Mid-May 40's Weekend!

 March 31st & April 1st 2018
 12 noon - 4.30pm
Easter Family Treasure Trail

The season starts here with a celebration of Easter for all the family. You are invited to join us for a free fun treasure hunt ending in prizes for the children. There will be egg decorating and face painting and extra prizes for children in Easter bonnets. All the usual trams, trolleybuses and train will be running around our site all day, what better way to see in the new season?


Mid-May 40's Weekend!

Saturday 12th (11-6pm) & Sunday 13th (11-5pm) May 2018
1940's Weekend!

Join us once again for a wonderful look back at the roaring 40’s. There will be a free park & ride service and bus services running to Lowestoft & Beccles using our period buses, along with visiting vehicles of the era on both days. There will be trade stands and our fabulous BBQ in the park. Our period trams and trolleybuses will be running both days which makes for the unique setting of the museum, there will also be the sounds of the music playing and dancing, which make this a weekend of fun and nostalgia not to be missed. There will be price concessions for those in period costume.

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




Saturday 7th (11-6pm) & Sunday 8th July 2017 (11am - 5pm)
Electric Dreams

Presenting electric street transport – past, present & future. There will be a free park & ride service and bus services running to Lowestoft & Beccles using our period buses, along with some interesting visiting vehicles of on both days, and our fabulous BBQ in the park.  Our historic trams and trolleybuses will be running alongside the latest in electric vehicles.

End of Season Gala

Sunday 19th August 10.30-5pm
999 Emergency Services Day

Brand New for 2018. We will bring you examples from all 4 local emergency services. With various displays and demonstrations throughout the day this is an event that will interest the whole family. There will be numerous vintage emergency vehicles as well as modern current vehicles running alongside our usual Train, Trams and Trolleybuses with the addition of Stalls supporting various different emergency services  .

Saturday 22nd (12-9pm) & Sunday 23rd (11-5pm) September 
 Trolleybus Weekend

As the season draws to a close, please join us for a weekend of fun where all available vehicles from our trolleybus fleet will be running. As the nights begin to draw in, we will be running after dark on Saturday when the museum takes on a very special atmosphere under the period streetlights. There will be a free park & ride service and bus services running to Lowestoft & Beccles using our period buses and a BBQ in the park. In addition, the trade stands and another important vehicle launch will make this event extra special.

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

Santa Tram

27th October 2018

There’s some spooky goings on around the site tonight with a free treasure trail for families with prizes for every child. The late running of our trams, trolleybuses and train into the evening will be an extra chilling experience as the woodland tram track comes alive with the spirits of All Hallows Eve when it gets dark. Extra treats for children in fancy dress.


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