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THE TRIUMPH FACTORY VISITOR EXPERIENCE

Motorbikes are a huge part of our lives. My husband is a design engineer at Triumph Motorcycles, and when he isn't designing bikes, he enjoys following the MotoGP. Elise has also become a fan of motorbikes, and they often watch the races together, or head to Mallory Park, which is just down the road from us, to take in some of the live motorbike action. It's a great hobby for them to share together, and so when the factory where my husband works opened up a visitor centre, we knew that we would become regular visitors. Since it opened last year, we have probably been to visit at least once a month...even if it is just to visit the cafe for a delicious slice of cake, and for Elise to have a sit on a motorbike or two!



We were even lucky enough to experience the Triumph Visitor Experience before it was open to the public, and take part in the tour of the factory. Elise loved seeing where her daddy worked, and finding out more about how motorbikes are made...although she did think that a crank shaft was a telescope! The Triumph Experience has two floors full of bike history, and you can also get up and close to different bike parts. My favourite part is seeing the bikes that have been used in popular films like Mission Impossible and Jurassic World. I think looking at the bike that Chris Pratt rode in Jurassic World is the closest I am going to get to seeing Chris Pratt!



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My husband works on the Power Train team, and spends his days designing bits for new bikes, but the experience shows you how the whole production works, and you can even touch parts of the bikes, which Elise enjoys. She also loves the films that they show, and enjoys seeing all the photos of riders around the world on the interactive map.




I've definitely learnt a lot more about motorcycles in the last 8 years whilst my husband has worked at Triumph, and I love that Elise already has a passion for motorbikes and cars at her age. She gets to share a hobby with her dad, and it is great that she can visit where he works and see what he does for a living. I don't think that many children would be able to point out bits of a motorbike that their dad has designed! It is a great family museum, and as I already mentioned, the cafe is amazing. You can pick up a slice of cake for around £2.50 and it is delicious. We went at the weekend with Steff's parents, and all 5 of us had cake and drinks and it came to under £20. There is also free parking on site. If you want to do the factory tour, you do have to book, but you can look around the museum for free.



The Triumph Factory Visitor Experience is at the Triumph factory in Hinckley, and is very easy to find. It is also close to Mallory Park if you are interested in watching some live motor racing as well as visiting the factory. Hinckley has plenty of hotels, and lots of family activities close by, including Twycross Zoo.

 
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