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British Motor Museum, Gaydon

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The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British Cars; it boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras.

Situated in the small village of Gaydon, Warwickshire, just off junction 12 of the M40. The Museum building is a spectacular piece of architecture with an art deco design, whilst the Collections Centre building is a modern contrast. Together they stand proudly in a beautifully landscaped setting of 65 acres, which rolls out onto the Warwickshire countryside.

THE MUSEUM STORY

The Museum opened in 1993 as the amalgamation of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s preserved car collection.

The Trust decided that the car collection and artefacts were outgrowing its then two locations, Studley in Warwickshire and a museum in Syon Park in London. A dedicated purpose-built residence was needed to give the collection pride of place and open for public viewing.

It was the Trust’s mission to keep the memory of the British motor industry alive and to tell its story to all, starting from the beginning of the 20th Century to present day. So a building was designed that not only housed the cars and its extensive motoring archive, but also had educational and conference facilities thus ensuring its sustainability. The Heritage Motor Centre, as it was first known, opened in May 1993.
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  • An absolute must for car lovers , it is a well presented museum with, as you would expect, lots of cars but good displays on such things as the British Leyland story as well. The museum is easy to acc...  more »
  • Took my 4 year old to Gaydon Motoe Museum for an impromptu day out and he absolutely loved it... as did I!!! Jim the bus man was brilliant! Informative, helpful and great with my young one keeping his...  more »
  • Visited while attending the model show but had a good look round. Some great cars in there and I like the fact you can get right up to them. Plenty for kids to do and also a reasonably priced cafe whi...  more »
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  • Always wanted to visit this collection of mainly British cars. Very easy to get to with lots of free parking. Main building stuffed to the gunnells with restored cars from very early Veterans to Modern Day cars. Being somewhat old and decrepit, I have actually seen most of them in daily life. From world speed and endurance record holders to the infamous Cooper S Mini, there is something for everyone. Lifts to the upper floors and a really nice restaurant make the day and provide a welcome pause for tired feet. The workshops with viewing balcony well worth a visit. I met David(one of the guides) and spent some time with him. A really lovely character with a wealth of knowledge. So tired...went to sleep on the coach going home.
  • You don't have to be a petrol head to visit here and enjoy it. Over 300 cars including many first and last, royal cars and classic cars. Lovely purpose built buildings. Free parking. If you use gift aid your ticket is valid for 12 months.
  • Great place to learn about the history of British motoring. Has a very wide selection of cars from historic road and racing cars through to brand new production vehicles. Has child friendly services to make the learning fun and exciting for children as well as the adults. Can easily spend 1/2 a day exploring around. On site cafe can be expensive but is not necessary to use. Tickets can be upgraded for £1 to be valid for the whole year, useful as the selection does change through the the year.
  • Superb detailing of British automotive history. I took a group of students from the University of Dayton, and it brought to life the material we're studying in class. First rate staff. Look for Andrew!
  • Very good experience especially taking kids with you who are fascinating by cars. Worth visiting. They also have little cars that kids can sit in and you can push them along which is an attraction for them. Nice selection of cars from old to new ones. Well spent money and time