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British Motor Museum

Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ

British Motor Museum

Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ

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Summary

The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars – from the very first Land Rover to Lady Penelope’s FAB1. Experience the sights, sounds and stories of the British motor industry and get ‘under the skin’ with our interactive exhibits.

Where is British Motor Museum located?

The British Motor Museum is located near the village of Gaydon in Warwickshire just off the M40. Leave the motorway at Junction 12 and take the B4100. Attraction signed.

What is the history of British Motor Museum to the present day?

The British Motor Museum (previously the Heritage Motor Centre) opened it's doors in 1993. Trust’s collection of vehicles was displayed at Syon Park in London whilst the remainder were stored at Studley Castle in Warwickshire along with the archive collection. Trust has raised funds for many development projects over the years, most recently opening the brand new Collections Centre, to house the reserve vehicle collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust. The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s mission is to collect, conserve, research and display for the benefit of the nation, motor vehicles, archives and ancillary material relating to the motor industry in Great Britain.

What is there to see and do at British Motor Museum?

Take a walk down the 'Time Road' and discover how both motoring and family life has changed through the decades including period music and memorable events. Travel through 'Making British Cars' and see how influential the motor industry has been over the years and where it is heading in the future. Get 'Under The Skin' and unravel the mystery of how cars work with interactive exhibits. Experience how suspension has improved over time and compare the difference between rack and pin and power steering. Enjoy a free guided tour with one of the enthusiastic guides who will help bring the cars to life and check our website for information on great school holiday activities and special weekend motoring events.

Information on British Motor Museum , Banbury Road , Gaydon , Warwick

Opening Times: Daily 10:00-17:00. Closed 24 December - 1 January inclusive.
Admission: Adult £14.00, Child (under 16) £9.00, Under 5s Free, Concession £12.00, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £39.00. Annual passes available.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Location: M40 Junction 12 and take B4100. Signposted.
Facilities: Free parking, Free parking for coaches & caravans, Full disabled access, Guided tours, Refreshments, Shop

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Car SOS Exhibition

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Sat 26 May 2018 – Fri 01 Feb 2019

A new exhibition featuring cars from National Geographic's popular motoring TV show Car S.O.S.

Car S.O.S. is a popular motoring TV show that airs on National Geographic. Now in its 6th series, the show's presenters Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw have brought sixty cars back from rusty wrecks to their former glory; everything from family classics to hot hatches and elegant sports cars.

  • Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-95057

Cars through the Lens

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Sat 06 Oct 2018 – Sat 06 Oct 2018

Get to know your camera and build your confidence to move away from 'auto' settings, while taking pictures of our inspiring collection of cars.

You will explore some simple photographic rules and be guided on composition to create a new perspective on photography.

Workshop level: Beginner / Novice
Suitable Cameras: DSLR / Bridge

£42 per person


Lights, Camera, Cars

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Sun 07 Oct 2018 – Sun 07 Oct 2018

A photography workshop to help you develop lighting skills to achieve the perfect photo of your car.

By taking pictures of our impressive car collection you will discover how to enhance your photos by individually controlling the exposure of both the car and its background.

Workshop level: Beginners or novice
Suitable Cameras: DSLR, Bridge

£75 per person


Sketching and Painting Land Rovers

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Sun 07 Oct 2018 – Sun 07 Oct 2018

A one day workshop specialising in the art of sketching and painting Land Rovers for the beginner or intermediate artist.

Discover a range of valuable techniques for producing a Land Rover study from start to finish with pencil and watercolours.

Price - £50 per person


Classic Virgins Experience Day - Classic Car Ownership Workshop

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Sat 20 Oct 2018 – Sat 20 Oct 2018

This workshop is designed to encourage prospective owners of British classic cars by providing an introduction to the world of classic car ownership along with a basic understanding of car maintenance.


Sketching from Automotive History

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Sat 20 Oct 2018 – Sat 20 Oct 2018

Build confidence in your drawing by joining this beginner sketching class with Richard Cook.

Discover a range of valuable techniques for producing a car study from start to finish while exploring tone and composition. Participants will learn how to capture the character and true likeness of their chosen car or section of a car, bringing their artwork to life!


Writing your Motoring Memoirs

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Sat 20 Oct 2018 – Sat 20 Oct 2018

This one day workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to create your collection of memoirs.

The day will begin with a chance to share your stories and reasons for writing your memoirs. You will then be guided through basic techniques to help you focus your efforts and develop your creative writing skills.


Automotive History in Watercolour

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Sun 21 Oct 2018 – Sun 21 Oct 2018

This one day workshop will guide you through all the necessary steps to create your own watercolour masterpiece.

You will be taken through the basic techniques of painting cars and auto memorabilia in watercolour, including practical hints and tips. Get to grips with colour, shade and light as well as basic composition.


October Half-Term Family Fun

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Sat 27 Oct 2018 – Sun 04 Nov 2018

All week enjoy the Museum ‘Black Cat Trail’ where you search around the Museum for the hidden black cats and, with your torch, discover the colour of each cat’s eyes – all for a spooky treat! Alternatively, for all young detectives out there, follow our Missing Plans Interactive Trail!
Round off your visit with some secret agent skills and learn how to draw and write messages using invisible ink!


Spooky Spectacular Halloween Science Shows

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Wed 31 Oct 2018 – Wed 31 Oct 2018

Join ‘Professor Pickle’ and ‘Doctor Pumpkin’ for some Spooky Spectacular Science on Wednesday 31 October. A 25 minute live science show full of cool interactive demonstrations and spooky science - running at 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

  • Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-95489

Cars through the Lens goes Studio

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Sat 17 Nov 2018 – Sat 17 Nov 2018

This photographic workshop offers participants the chance to develop their studio lighting techniques. The day begins by looking at how to set up the studio and position the car, illustrating ways to achieve the best composition and lighting.


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Review of British Motor Museum

Posted on by Traaveller 1Customer visited Nov 2017

Visited the Motor Museum with my petrol head partner recently.
Hours just vanished as we marvelled at the selection of fantastic vehicles on show.
Massive amount of information presented in a very user friendly manner. Great place to visit if you are doing a project, want to find out lots of detail on the UK car industry or just love beautiful things.
Fantastic selection of cars and engines are well laid out and are all in great condition thanks to the skill of the in house team.
Toilets and cafe are upstairs. Cafe provides a place to re energise with a wide range of food and drink.
The collections and workshop are in a separate building and well worth a stroll around too.
All in all a fantastic place to visit to see the style of a bygone era and marvel at the technological advances of the british motor industry.
Allow a good few hours to be able to really enjoy this place.


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Posted on by Gerry HCustomer visited Nov 2017

My friend and I spent about four hours or so wandering around this fantastic facility. Well laid out uncluttered display of the most beautiful motors. Amazing number of original cars from our youth and previous We had no idea there were quite so many manufacturers of British cars which are no longer around. The exhibition was very well curated. Well done all responsible.
Parking was very easy and near to the show. Food reasonable and good price. All staff encountered were friendly and helpful.


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Posted on by Caroline PCustomer visited Nov 2017

Was really glad we decided to visit here . Our children are aged 9 and 13 and both girls and boys and all of us enjoyed it so much so we will be returning next month ! Lovely to see and hear about some of the old cars and even sit in a few of them . There was activities for the kids to enjoy too and it was nice to see old great grandads cars there instead of a black and white photo! Good value for money with no rush against time and very knowledgeable staff who answered some of the children's questions. We also stayed for lunch and for a first we wasn't ripped off and food was lovely . Highly recommend to everyone for something a little bit different.


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