Castle Point Transport Museum is located on Canvey Island in Essex and is a fascinating repository of historic vehicles, displaying vintage buses, coaches, cars and all sorts of transporting paraphernalia. Keeping with the theme, the museum is housed in an old bus depot that was first built in 1934. In 1979, Castle Point Transport Museum was opened to the public and remains one of the region's top attractions; well worth the visit if you're staying in a nearby Essex hotel.
Explore the History of Transport from Your Hotels in Essex
Today, Castle Point Transport Museum is run entirely by volunteers and opening hours are limited to the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month between April and October and every Sunday during August, so if you're staying in a nearby Essex hotel you should time your visit accordingly. Once inside, you can explore a fascinating collection of transport and memorabilia from the 1940s through to the 1990s, including vintage ticket machines, historic uniforms as well as all manner of classic vehicles. Every October the museum runs an open day, where the buses come alive and you and your family can enjoy rides around the island, refreshments, and a fun festival atmosphere.
In Easy Reach of Essex Hotels
There are many quality Essex Hotels in easy reach of Canvey Island and Castle Point Transport Museum, including Hamilton's Boutique Accommodation and Roslin Reach Hotel, both top-notch hotels located in nearby Southend-on-Sea. Wherever you're staying in Essex, the drive to Canvey Island is certainly worth it, not least to learn about how people used to get around at the Transport Museum.
If you're heading to Castle Point Transport Museum, you'll be amazed by Canvey Island itself - which is a reclaimed island in the Thames Estuary and is surrounded by giant sea walls. This popular tourist destination has lots to keep families occupied, from retail outlets to seafront eateries such as Labworth Café. You can explore the history of this unique seaside locale at the Heritage Centre on Canvey Road. Canvey Island and the Museum is easily reached by car and the nearest train station is Benfleet Railway, which is roughly two miles away.