British Motor Museum

In a nutshell

The imaginative displays and activities at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire tell the story of the British motor industry.


British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ

Contact details

Tel: 01926 895300

Web: www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

Activity type

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

Suitable for

All ages, Schools and Groups

Price guide

from £43

(based on family of 4; book in advance and save)

British Motor Museum details...

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

There are plenty of opportunities for families 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 costumed guides and free guided tours bring the cars to life.

So 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.

Also 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. Then 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 is 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.

Please see the British Motor Museum’s website to find out more and book your tickets in advance.

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British Motor Museum Events

Enthralling Energy – February Half Term at the British Motor Museum

Open 10th February 2024 - 25th February 2024

Learn about the future of energy at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire this February half term. Fun includes family tours, science shows and craft.

The Fastest Cars in Britain – Easter at the British Motor Museum

Open 23rd March 2024 - 14th April 2024

Enjoy the speed-themed activities during a family day out in Warwickshire at the British Motor Museum this Easter. Visit from 23rd March to 14th April.

Easter Egg Hunt at the British Motor Museum

Open 29th March 2024 - 1st April 2024

Join in the Easter egg hunt at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire from 29th March to 1st April. Find six differently coloured eggs and claim a reward.

Mini Motorists Monday at the British Motor Museum

Open 26th February 2024 - 26th February 2024

STEM toddler activities at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire on 26th February. Under 5s can play, make balloon racers, enjoy storytime and more.

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