British Motor Museum

In a nutshell

Recently refurbished museum in Warwickshire telling the story of the British motor industry and motoring with imaginative displays and activities.


Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ

Activity type

Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Science and Technology, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

British Motor Museum details...

Look forward to a fun-filled day out with the kids in Warwickshire at the British Motor Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars, from the very first Land Rover to Lady Penelope’s FAB1.

Families are invited to get interactive as they learn about the British motor industry and experience the sights, sounds and stories. Explore how motoring and family life have changed through the decades as the cars are brought to life by costumed guides and free guided tours.

Take a walk along the Time Road for a whirlwind tour through one hundred years of motoring history, from 1896 to 1996. With some of the most popular cars displayed against a backdrop featuring images of famous people, iconic events and fashions, there will be plenty to interest all ages.

Allow plenty of time for the interactive Under the Skin zone showing what goes on underneath a car’s bonnet. Find out what happens when you turn the key in the ignition or change gear. This zone includes cars that youngsters can climb into.

Touch-screen interactives, family trails, activity sheets and special events add to the family fun, whatever the weather! Kids can play with model Land Rovers and Minis on the Small World Tables. Why not dress up for a visit to the Photo Booth in the Sports Car section and star in a 1960s advertisement?

The very youngest visitors will be delighted to explore the site in push-along cars; just swap your pushchair for a colourful car at the garages next to the pay desk. Take the kids outside to let off steam on the galleon ship climbing frame with a picnic area alongside.

There is a tempting variety of snacks, drinks and hot and cold meals on sale in the Junction 12 Café on the first floor. With children’s lunch boxes, favourite dishes and smaller portions of the daily special available, it’s the perfect place for families to enjoy a pit stop.

Formerly the Heritage Motor Centre, this family-friendly museum is located in Gaydon, near Junction 12 of the M40; to find the museum, enter the British Motor Museum as a point of interest in your Sat Nav rather than using the postcode. The nearest train stations are Warwick and Banbury.

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