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Top Buses - our new print and cut out at home game!


Play this new twist on an old game to keep the kids (and even adults) amused for ages!


At the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, we know all about our collection of lovely vintage buses and coaches.

So much so, that we decided to share some of our facts and figures so you can use them to play ‘top buses’.


Download Top Buses


The first thing you need to do is to print this PDF file at A4 size. If your printer has a ‘borderless printing’ option, use that.

Card is best, or you can print on paper and stick the paper onto sheets of cardboard. Then very carefully cut out the cards

- for vertical cuts follow the thin black lines, and for the horizontal cuts you should cut along the top edge of each photo.


You should now have a set of 60 equally-sized cards.


The rules are easy:

  • First, shuffle and distribute the cards equally to all players, face down (60 cards: so 30 each for two players, 20 each for three players and 15 each for four players).
  • Then the first player turns over their top card, without showing it to anyone else, and nominates the category and the number that’s on their card - for example if they have the SELNEC Leyland National card just below, they might say “year, 1972”.
  • The other players look at their cards and whoever has the highest number in that category puts all the cards from that round at the bottom of their pile.
  • The winner then chooses the category for the next card.
  • If there is a tie, the cards are placed in the middle and another round is played; and the winner takes the cards from both rounds.
  • This goes on until only one person has any cards left, and they’re the winner of Top Buses!


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School Visits


We offer free admission for school visits on Wednesdays (pre-booking is required). Groups of up to 30 including teachers and assistants can be accommodated.


Guided tour


A guided tour of up to 2 hours can be provided as part of your visit, this can be tailored to different age groups and worksheets are available below.


Packed lunches


You are welcome to bring your own food, but please arrange this beforehand so that we can accommodate you. Refreshments may be purchased from the Tea Room.


Risk assessment


If you have to complete a risk assessment for your group or class in line with your organisation's policy please note that the Museum cannot do the risk assessment for you. You are strongly advised to make a preliminary visit to the Museum to conduct your own risk assessment. It will also assist your planning of the learning experiences our collections and conducted tour can provide.


Getting to the Museum


The Museum is approximately a 10 minute walk from Queens Road Metrolink Station. Turn left out of Queens Road Metrolink Station and walk along Queens Road. Cross Queens Road at the second Pelican Crossing and then turn next right onto Boyle Street and we are at the far end on the right, beyond First Manchester's bus garage.


Metrolink special offer - book your travel in advance with Metrolink and take advantage of our cheap travel offer:

Only £1 for each child and £2 for each accompanying adult, for travel in both directions from anywhere on the network. Offer only applies to school group bookings of 10 or more pupils aged 5 to 16 travelling after 9.30am. Bookings must be made at least seven days in advance by calling Metrolink on 0161 205 2000.


On-street parking is also available close to the entrance of the Museum for coaches.


How to book


To make a booking, please telephone 0161 205 2122 during opening hours or send an email to: education(at)




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