British Motor Museum, Gaydon

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 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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  • We were in the area and went here as a treat for my husband on Valentine’s Day. We both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the museum but what made my day was the cafe. As a coeliac I am used to being of...  more »
  • We went to the museum on a rainy day - an excellent choice! The museum has a huge collection of excellently kept classic cars, fast cars and cars from various films and programs. There is something fo...  more »
  • As a petrol head I found this collection absolutely brilliant. Strongly recommend a visit. Great interactive stuff for the kids  more »
  • Lots of wonderful cars. My daughter loves the push along mini for her to ride around in. The new (since my last visit) collections centre is brilliant as you get to see all the vehicles not on main display. The staff are very helpful and are perfectly happy to have a natter for a few minutes. The cafe is great (wasn't sure if it was a self service or staff service as the signage wasn't great) with nice food and plenty of seating. There are various activities for children to do dotted about and my daughter loved these too. As a day out for the whole family it was great!
  • Very interesting selection of cars through the ages. Oldies will find plenty to take them back to arguably better motoring times whilst youngsters will enjoy exhibits from fairly recently made films. A whole separate building for Jaguar enthusiasts. Well worth a visit.
  • Great cars and a huge variety. Only british which is good as you can see the local projection. Parking is fine and the admission is reasonable. They also have activities for the kids
  • Great new building, well arranged. If you are interested in cars, you will not be disappointed. A fantastic collection of cars, ranging from cars the popular models that we used to see every day, to the models most of us could only dream of owning. 😊
  • Great place to visit we spent a good 5 hours looking round all the cars! Would be nice to have some more details on some of the exhibits with no write ups. The cafe should be OK but chicken sandwiches with bone in it and skin/ gristle? Sorry but not acceptable. REALLY letting it down!
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