From Hobby Horses to Bone Shakers, Penny Farthings to today’s carbon fibre racing bikes, our cycling exhibition spans two centuries of progress, ingenuity and invention.

Over twenty examples of important and interesting bicycles are on display, each with its own story and relevance. Whether used for work, play or racing, the bicycle and its background represent a fascinating piece of history which is often overlooked in today’s modern world.

The exhibition tells the story of this transportation revolution, the trials and tribulations of early adopters and how technology changed and adapted to suit new uses. Visitors can even get a feel for the early days by mounting our Penny Farthing – a notoriously gymnastic skill!

For 2017 only, GTM has added a fantastically interactive, ride-able, modern day cycle that tests your speed and wattage output. Go on the 'Top Gear' style board and see your name up against the outputs of cycling legends like Chris Hoy. Please ask at reception for this activity. Please note that it is physically demanding and should only be undertaken in good health.