Being the mom of two young boys, there tends to be a predictable theme as far as our activities: planes, trains and automobiles. If it moves, chances are my kids will love it. So last month, we ventured off to admire all the airplanes at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford near Cambridge. This month, we were off to the Tramway Village in Crich in the Midlands.
The Tramway Village is a great spot to take young children and grandparents alike because it’s an open-air history museum. They’ve recreated a historic village (many of which are original building facades collected from around the UK), with the focus being on the trams that run up and down the main street.
You can grab tea in the tea room, or pop in to the pub for a pint or two. There are two play areas for children, including an indoor soft play facility perfect for younger kids. But the highlight, naturally, is a ride on the tram itself. Different trams run on different days (but you can admire those not running by wandering the Workshop Viewing Gallery, where you’ll see them being cared for by the staff). Our tram took us a bit into the countryside, and we could imagine the workers taking the trams to the mines back in the day. Our ride lasted about 20 minutes, and you can ride all day as you wish.
If your ride leaves you wondering more about this mode of transportation, then the George Stephenson Discovery and Learning Centre will help you better understand its history. Horses being replaced by trams made a huge difference in the advancement of the Industrial Revolution. There were plenty of hands-on activities for kids in this building, also.
Admission is £13 for adults and £8 for kids (or 35 pounds for a family of four). Kids 3 and under are free. Hours vary seasonally.