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Oxford Bus Museum

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Address: | Hanborough Railway Station, Witney OX29 8LA, England
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A museum portraying the history of public transport in Oxford and the...

A museum portraying the history of public transport in Oxford and the surrounding areas with a separate building containing Morris cars built in Oxford during the lifetime of William Morris, later Lord Nuffield.

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Recently visited to participate in a Easter chick hunt.Kept two young children occupied for a good hour,and also encouraged them to actually look around the exhibits.You can get a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently visited to participate in a Easter chick hunt.Kept two young children occupied for a good hour,and also encouraged them to actually look around the exhibits.You can get a sandwich and a cup of tea at the café, basic- but clean with friendly staff. Topped off the day with a ride to Woodstock on a 1950s Double Decker. Excellent day... More 

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and pleased to read that you enjoyed the experience. The Easter chick hunt seems to be a repeating favourite each year, although this year we had more buses out on the next day, the Bank Holiday Monday as an experiment. Hope you can visit us again. Stephen. Trustee More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent a rainy morning with 3 toddlers here and everyone was suitably entertained. You can climb onto a number of the buses. There's a slightly-bigger-children's activity area, and the bicycle exhibition was fascinating.

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Glad to read you enjoyed the visit. Did you come on a day when we were offering bus rides? Please come again! Stephen Trustee More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We were looking for a local place to visit on a rainy sunday afternoon that didn't cost an arm and a leg, and didn't involve a huge long drive. Situated in the picturesque village of Long Hanborough, the Oxford Bus Museum (now the Transport Museum) nestles next to the main railway line in an old station yard. Thoroughly updated and... More 

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comprehensive review, it is much appreciated. The newer buildings were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with matched funding from other sources including our volunteers' time. As you probably noticed we still have a lot of work to do on some of the vehicles in store and in the workshops. Vehicle restoration is down... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Its a lovely walk back in time, as someone coming from the area , its lovely to see the old buses that were around when you were children, and remembering how exciting it was to go on a trip to oxford on a double Decker,. Great to see the buses and other peices, we were really lucky to have a... More 

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Glad to read that you enjoyed your visit and were able to have a bus ride as well. We aim to run buses when we can, subject to their availability and having enough volunteers to hand. Please come again when you can. Stephen Trustee More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Kids loved it as did we reminisce about how it all used to be kids were all chuffed to get a ride on a old rout marster as were we too lovely little tea shop too

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Although we set out to explain local public transport history, there is always plenty of room for reminiscing! We do hope you can visit us again sometime. Stephen Trustee More 

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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Really well set out museum with just bye fight mix of facts and fun to grab all of our attention (Dad, 3 boys 9, 7 and 3). Definitely recommend

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Very pleased to read your review and glad to hear that you think we had got things about right! We often debate just how and where to put the emphasis on what we display and offer. The buses were built to run on public roads but also need conserving. Next year it will be 50 years since we started saving... More 

Carterton, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Great little place for a mooch around. visited on Easter Sunday and thankfully wasn't absolutely rammed. Interesting to find out the transport heritage of Oxfordshire, especially for a non-native of the county. Great highlight is the trip out in an old routemaster bus, included in the price.

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Regarding the bus ride, the rides are actually always free as we are demonstrating the museum's exhibits. We don't have a bus operating licence which would allow us to charge. Visitors can, and occasionally do, just turn up for the free ride which is fine with us.... More 

Oxford
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36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

well worth a visit to see well cared for old cars and buses, Visited with my 5 year grandson, was very surprised to find a old photo of my father-in-law on display, very touching. as he had worked at the cowley car works.

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Glad you found a picture with links to your family. The people side of both car-building and bus-operating is something we still have to develop, in time. Stephen Trustee More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

An excellent museum, with just the right mix of vehicles and memorabilia related to public transport in the Oxfordshire area. What is especially pleasing is the display of pictures, uniforms, tickets, signs and the human element, which is missed by some museums. There is something for everyone here, not just bus enthusiasts! Very friendly and welcoming members. Well done!!

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

We were very pleased to read your review and glad that you enjoyed your visit. It took us some years to realise that the human side mattered a great deal - real jobs as well as real passengers! Stephen. Trustee. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

Full of restored, partially restored and unrestored buses and public transport vehicles. Extremely interesting. Don't forget to visit the Morris museum on the same site.

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Stephen J, Trustee at Oxford Bus Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. You are quite right, buses in three stages of conservation! We aim to have six on the road each year for bus rides and a dozen reasonably respectable ones on show in the main building, as I hope you discovered? We are just about to spend some money conserving the semi-coach seats on the 1949... More 

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