British Commercial Vehicle Museum
Bus lineup, 2012 Leyland Transport Festival.jpg
Ribble buses at the museum in 2012
British Commercial Vehicle Museum is located in the Borough of South Ribble
British Commercial Vehicle Museum
Location within the Borough of South Ribble
Established1983 (1983)
LocationKing Street, Leyland, Lancashire, England
Coordinates53°41′41″N 2°41′33″W / 53.6947°N 2.6926°W / 53.6947; -2.6926Coordinates: 53°41′41″N 2°41′33″W / 53.6947°N 2.6926°W / 53.6947; -2.6926

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum displays antiquarian buses, early fire engines and other historical and commercial vehicles produced by the British manufacturing industry.

The museum is located in King Street, Leyland, Lancashire on part of a site previously occupied by the Leyland Motors factory, the source of many exhibits.

Funding methods include the admission charges and membership tickets. More recently, a major investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund has contributed to a major refurbishment and website redesign by local digital agency Fertile Frog. The museum is now open throughout the year, six days per week ( see website for details ).

Events include Classic Vehicles, Model Makers Exhibition and the Spring Transport Show.

In 2010, the museum was one of three featured on Richard Macer's BBC Four series Behind the Scenes at the Museum.[1]


Exhibits include the purpose built Popemobile from the Pastoral trip of Pope John Paul II to the United Kingdom in 1982.[1] The 24-ton armour-plated vehicle was built for the visit by British Leyland.[2]

Other exhibits that have been displayed include a WWI Gun Tractor, a Leyland Tiger Cub, historic lorries, vintage buses and a Steam Driven Showman's Tractor.


  1. ^ a b BBC4 - Behind the Scenes at the Museum Retrieved 10 March 2020
  2. ^ "Scots Popemobile to go on eBay for Pounds 1m", The Sunday Times; 15 May 2005