Take a trip to Thwaite Mills on a vintage bus


Visitors to Thwaite Mills museum in Stourton are being offered the unique opportunity to make their journey in style this Sunday by taking a nostalgic ride on a vintage bus.

vintage Leeds busAs part of Leeds City Transport Vintage Bus Running Day on Sunday 31 August 2014, free buses from the 1950s and 1960s will be running from the city centre on Sunday 31 August before making their way to Thwaite Mills Watermill and Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

Anyone taking a trip on one of the Preserved A.E.C. Daimler & Leyland Leeds City Transport buses will also have the opportunity to be dropped off at either of the museum sites that both open at 10.30am on the day and purchase a souvenir timetable brochure if they wish. The vintage buses will operate every 15 minutes from 10.30am to 5.15pm and commence from New York Street in the city centre to Thwaite Mills and to Bramley Town end via Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

Set on the tranquil home of this 19th century watermill, Thwaite Mills Watermill in Stourton is one of the last examples of a water-powered mill in Britain. On offer includes the chance to enjoy the fully restored museum, before taking a walk on the island and enjoying the fantastic scenery and wide variety of wildlife that lives there. Thwaite Mills Watermill is perfectly nestled on a tranquil island between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation, just at the end of Thwaite Lane in Stourton.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“A trip to Thwaite Mills Watermill, or Leeds Industrial Museum is always a fantastic experience, and we are delighted to say that there will be an extra treat for visitors this Sunday, who can make their journey to either or both sites on a free vintage bus.

“This really does promise to be a lovely way in which to visit two of our city’s most popular visitor attractions, and we are looking forward to welcoming both old and new friends on the day.”

Richard McAllister, Running Day Event Organiser said:

“This running day event will allow visitors the wonderfully unique opportunity to travel on and experience the sights and sounds of our beautifully restored Leeds buses, back on the streets of their home City of Leeds after a 40 year absence.

“These historic vehicles will once again carry passengers on the free bus service linking two prominent Leeds museums, Thwaite Mills Watermill and Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley.”

Thwaite Mills Watermill:

Opening times:

  • Open every Saturday and Sunday, 1.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Closed on Mondays except for bank holidays
  • Open during Leeds school holidays on Tuesdays – Fridays, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP; Tel: 0113 378 2983; Email: Thwaite:mills@leeds.gov.uk; Website: www.leeds.gov.uk/thwaitemills