SouthDown Bus Garage
The bus garage at Amberley is typical of a design of Southdown garages of the 1920s. It incorporates a number of components rescued from other buildings. We have a collection of restored buses and ‘tramocars’ from different eras ranging from 1908 to 1938, mainly on loan from the Southdown Omnibus Trust. The more elderly buses on display are mainly used for educational purposes during school visits and bus shows, but one of the vehicles is in use every day providing a free bus service around the site.
Many Sussex visitors will recall the yellow and green livery of the Southdown Motor Services, which began in 1915, and which had routes across Sussex and Hampshire. You may even recall the routes displayed in our 1930s enquiry and booking office, along with many artefacts such as tickets, uniforms and signs.