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Maidstone Carriage Museum - The Tyrwhitt Drake Collection

Mill Street
ME15 6YE
Tel: 01622 602838

Situated in the 14th century stables of the Archbishops' Palace, Maidstone Carriage Museum houses a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles, including Royal and state carriages.

Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake, local benefactor and Mayor of Maidstone on 12 occasions, began collecting carriages when he realised that they would soon be wiped out by the motor car. He gained the support of Maidstone Borough Council who made the Archbishops' stables available, and advertised for carriages in The Times.

The Museum of Carriages was opened in November 1946 by Sir Leigh Ashton, Director of the V&A Museum, and six days later Princess Elizabeth visited.

This collection was the first of its kind in Britain and is widely regarded as the finest in Europe. As well as the finest state carriages originally owned by Royalty and titled families, the collection also holds several more mundane vehicles such as governess carts and gigs, which older visitors may remember.

Admission is free of charge.

Opening Times
The Museum will open on weekdays and bank holidays from 3rd May 2008 to 14th September, and be open every day (including Sundays) between 23rd July to 31st August.

Groups may visit at other times - please ring

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