National Tramway Museum Crich
At Crich an old once abandoned quarry has been transformed into the Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum.
It is packed with exhibits including preserved static trams from many countries, together with a large collection of tram memorabilia and also the Workshop Galleries, where you can watch trams being restored.
The trams at Crich mostly ran along the streets of cities in United Kingdom before the 1960s, with some trams rescued and restored (even from other countries) as the systems closed. The town of Matlock is close by and the nearest train service is from Whatstandwell railway station on the Derwent Valley Line (Derby-Matlock line), with a steep walk up to the museum at the top of the hill.
Best of all are the unlimited Tram rides. There is an operational tram route which offers rides on many of the tram exhibits. Be a passenger on vintage trams from all over the world. Ride through history as many times as you like, with trams running every few minutes, you can enjoy riding through the period street, beneath the elegant Bowes-Lyon Bridge originally constructed in 1844, and on past spectacular views of the Derwent Valley to the Glory Mine terminus 810 feet above sea level.
Public tram Driving courses are also on offer several weekends each year for those that want to take their interest one step further.
For those requiring refreshment there is a tea room, the Red Lion Pub and Restaurant and an Ice Cream parlour.
Check the website for opening hours and any admission charges.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015