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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  • Great range of English cars. Very well presented. Excellent tours. Good food and pass/tickets last for a year. Good for all ages.  more »
  • Chose the perfect day to go with the grandsons - Mothering Sunday (we passed loads of vehicles taking their mothers and grannies off to McDonalds, etc.) which meant the place was not particularly crow...  more »
  • A brilliant place to visit with so much to see. Hundreds of cars and all looking pristine. Such a variety too with vintage, modern, Royal, military, Police, sport and even cars from the film world. Th...  more »
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  • If you're interested in cars this is the place to go. It shows a good history and has loads of interactive things to do which is great for kids or child-like adults like me! The cafe is nice and reasonably priced. I am not interested in cars whatsoever and still found it enjoyable.
  • Perfect place for a car enthusiasts but interesting for those who are not mad on cars too. Good day out under cover which is perfect when the weather is not great. Also nice cafe on site when you need a break. The ticket to the museum also includes free entry to the jaguar collection where you can view yet more cars.
  • Brilliant collection of vehicles. Loved the time line as it shows how shapes have developed. Took me back to my younger days as some of the models of vehicles I had actually owned. Great for a family day out for young and old alike.
  • Excellent museum featuring the history of British cars from the early days. Includes displays of motorsports from various eras and some interesting prototype cars that never saw production. You will also find vehicles used in several films. There's a good clean cafe and the staff and volunteers are very friendly and helpful. If you're a Jaguar fan a visit to the Collection is a must. In fact visit anyway, there are loads more cars to see upstairs including many 'last of line' models. You also get a good view of the workshop area where they maintain vehicles in roadworthy condition.
  • Great for families that love cars! Quite a varied collection that changes every now and again. Best suited to kids aged about 6 over. There are a few things for younger ones to do with levers and buttons and some cars they can get in but not very many. There are little pedal cars for them to get around in that they love though. It's a half day of entertainment.
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