Experience the 1940s at Crich Tramway Village- the ultimate vintage travel experience! Lose all sense of time riding the pristinely restored 1940s trams and war-time vehicles. These are sure to make you feel as if you are living the ‘Home-Front’ lifestyle for a day.
Soak up the retro atmosphere of Crich Tramway Village, where you can step back in time to 1940s Britain. Some of the things that really help create the authentic vintage vibe are: air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft. As well as the perfectly restored vintage trams, there are also historic wartime and military vehicles on show and on the move. Some trams are fitted with black out masks, anti-blast netting on the windows and blue coloured lamps to re-create the war-time fit out. It really is a history lesson that won’t be forgotten.
Upon arrival you are given a penny which the conductor will exchange for a ticket that allows you to ride the mile-long tram track all day. Along with the trams, there is Rita’s Tearoom and Barnett’s old fashioned sweetshop.
The ‘Century of Trams’ exhibition takes you on a fascinating journey through a hundred years of travel from 1860 – 1960. This spans the progression of horse trams, steam trams and ends up on electric trams.
Also in the Tramway museum there is Stephenson Discovery Centre, built in the 1800s now houses the two storey Stephenson Workshop and stands in the heart of the Museum. It was originally used as a smithy and wagon works for George Stephenson’s one metre gauge mineral railway to transport limestone from what was then Crich Cliff Quarry to kilns at Ambergate. The history of tram travel is fascinating and will make you want to keep riding them all day.