3rd July 2009
If you have a few hours to while away in North Wales, Roy Workman recommends this friendly museum...
I found out about this collection whilst visiting a local tourist information centre. I noticed that motorcycles were included in the display, so I felt that it might be worth a visit
Tacla Taid, the Anglesey Motor Museum, is situated just four miles from the A5 on the Isle of Anglesey, and not so far from Holyhead if you were a bit early to catch the boat to Ireland.
The collection is housed in a modern purpose-built building and includes 30 classic cars, a couple of lorries and, being a farming area, a few tractors. Among the fully restored exhibits are an ex-Army Albion heavy tractor which saw service during WWII in Africa; a 1948 Caterpillar earth-mover; a Commer Army lorry from the 1960s; a dozen tractors; a range of stationary engines, heaps of automobilia including motoring signs, petrol pumps and such, plus even a Sinclair C5!
The motor cars are roped off in lines so it is easy to see them properly. Some of these are set in a replica 1940's street scene, complete with cobbled street, houses, garage and corner shop.
The motorcycles, about 25 of them, are situated on the first floor reached by a flight of stairs. As you can see from the photos, these are crammed in a little tightly and include the usual Triumph twin stalwarts plus a good selection of other major marques - Norton, AMC and BSA are all represented.
There are some interesting pre-war, girder forked machines from Sunbeam and Velocette plus an unusual Sports model Royal Enfield.
There is also a chair lift up to the gallery for those visitors who need it, which I thought was a nice touch. There is also a café / children's play area
The museum is situated in Newborough (post code: LL61 6TN) and the telephone number is 01248 440344. The entry fee is £3.50 per adult and £3.00 for pensioners.
It is open from Easter to October from 10.30 to 5.30 for seven days a week.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Anglesey Transport Museum - Tacla Taid
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