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The Isle of Wight Bus Museum, Ryde

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The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, also referred to as The Isle of Wight Bus Museum, was founded in 1997 in Newport on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom.

The museum is a registered charity and run completely by volunteers. The vehicle collection is currently housed in the former bus depot at Ryde, Isle of Wight.

The museum hosts two bus rallies of its own. There is one event in May, running day. and another in October which features many buses from around the country.
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  • The IOW Bus Museum is an ideal location for those wet holiday days. Located in a former bus garage, the museum gives an overview of the vehicles and companies that once hauled holidaymakers round the....  more »
  • This is a lovely well presented museum about the past historic transportation on the Isle of Wight. It was an interesting experience and we loved seeing the old restored buses which belonged to a...  more »
  • It's free to get in; it would have been nicer if we could have got on more of the buses but it was explained to us that there is ongoing maintenance being carried out inside some of the buses and that's why they were closed off. Staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. If you are a bus enthusiast or have little kids then this is the place for you.
  • Spent a hugely enjoyable couple of hours at the museum in July. Run by lovely and enthusiastic people/volunteers. You can sit in some of the buses/coaches and enjoy a cuppa/refreshments in one that's been adapted. It's all indoors. Not big, but just a lovely reminder of how coach/bus travel used to be. Was once a bus driver many years ago, so it brought back nostalgic memories of why I became one for a while. It's free, but a small donation will help keep a great museum going. Hope to return on a future visit to the Isle of Wight.

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