(c) Julie Tempest - Penny Farthing MuseumRear of 92 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6ED

The UK’s only museum of its kind, Knutsford’s Penny Farthing Museum is housed within Grade II listed building, originally thought to have been stables or stores linked with the circa 1830 constructed shop and dwelling which fronts King Street.

The Penny Farthing museum officially opened its doors in 1989 and today a range of wonderful models grace the walls and ceilings.

The collection of 40 models includes earlier velocipedes and memorabilia. There are examples of the affectionately named early wooden ‘Hobby Horses’ as well as the now infamous ‘Boneshaker’ and the well-known ‘Starley Giant’ – the largest Penny Farthing ever made.

These unique models are complemented by a fascinating collection of ‘Ordinaries’ (as Penny Farthings were originally known) containing some of the most collectable and valuable machines still in existence, including some of the rarest early wooden machines and children’s models.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 7 September: 0930-1600
  • Friday 8 September: 0930-1600
  • Saturday 9 September: 0930-1600
  • Sunday 10 September: 1000-1600

Booking Details

No booking required


The courtyard is cobbled so care should be taken.


The Penny Farthing Museum is housed in the Courtyard Coffee House which is tucked away behind 92 King Street. Access from King Street is via a passageway but the Museum can also be reached via Heritage Way off Tatton Street.