Before cars, before trains, people travelled by horse & carriage. The country's largest collection of original carriages for travel & trade as well as many accompanying harnesses and other accessories can be seen, right alongside horses trained in pulling a wide variety of working carriages.
Established in 1946, this unique collection of vehicles and accessories was started by Mr. William Smith who was very particular about the authenticity and impeccable condition of each carriage. This tradition is now continued by his daughter Caroline Dale-Leech, who has spent her life with horses and driving, learning from her grandfather as well as her father.
The present collection of carriages includes one of the very few surviving Hansom Cabs, a Stage Coach, Royal Mail Coach & numerous other private and commercial vehicles.
One of the more unusual aspects of the collection is that it is a working museum and the owner, Caroline Dale-Leech, ensures that the vehicles are regularly out on the road being used, not locked away behind closed doors. Visitors are welcome to browse around at their leisure.
Take a fascinating look behind the scenes and meet the horses and ponies who work at Red House Stables Carriage Museum. Special rates for groups include a guided tour and short carriage ride to enable your party to enjoy the nostalgia of the horse drawn transport.
Monday – Saturday:
10.00am – 5.00pm (4.00pm winter)
10:00am - 3:00pm (2:00pm winter)
Includes guided tour of the museum and short trip by Carriage and Pair.
One of the carriages goes out every day, if you would like a ride please phone the office on 01629 733583 for more information and to book your seat.
For societies, groups and schools, Caroline Dale-Leech is delighted to give talks and demonstrations at home and away.