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National Transport Museum

On the grounds of ancient Howth Castle, the National Transport Museum exhibits Ireland's public service and commercial road vehicles as they evolved from the 1880s to the 1980s. The exhibits are gathered together in a warehouse type storage facility known locally as Heritage Depot. Conditions in the are somewhat cramped, since there are roughly 100 vehicles at the museum at any given time, making it difficult to fully appreciate each vehicle in a single visit. The collection includes a huge variety of vintage vehicles, including

  • Trams
  • Tow Trucks
  • Hand Carts
  • Army Tanks
  • Milk Trucks
  • Buses
  • Trucks
  • Cars
  • Vans
  • Ambulances
  • Fire engines

A volunteer-driven labour of love, the museum has a sprawling, shabby, ad-hoc feel. Nevertheless, the museum is an engaging showcase of the variegated and surprisingly advanced transportation system of early modern Ireland, particularly those vehicles available over a century ago. Visitors are often amazed at the large and variegated selection of vehicles available for different purposes over the decades, and children will enjoy interacting and clambering on board the now immobile vehicles. The National Transport Museum is located at Howth Castle Demesne.

Opening Times

June to August

  • 10am to 5pm Monday thru Friday
  • Saturday,  Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm

September to May

  • 2pm to 5pm Monday thru Friday
  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm

Official Site



National Transport Museum. Image by Ana Rey


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