British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic cars manufactured in this country. It boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras. The Museum building is a spectacular piece of architecture with an art deco design. In contrast, the Collections Centre building is a much more modern facility.

The British Motor Museum displays include a number of different themes to help you learn about the history of the automobile in the UK, including:

Time Road: Walk along the Time Road, a century of motoring history beginning in 1896 and experience how motoring has changed: the roads, the cars and even the fashions. Discover when Cat’s Eyes were first introduced, when the first driving test was taken and where the first motorway was built.

Design & Concepts: In this area you will see a unique array of prototype vehicles such as the Triumph Lynx and the MG EX-E concept car, which never quite made it into production. The touch screen also explains about the design process, designers themselves and other ‘what might have been’ cars.

Sports Cars: This section celebrates the much loved British sports cars from Morgan, Lotus, Triumph, McLaren and Aston Martin. In addition, visitors can stand inside a sectioned 1965 MGB GT – divided into two halves for display at the British Motor Show in 1965.

Jaguar: The Jaguar zone also features an exciting selection of vehicles, representing some of Jaguar’s finest sports and racing cars. The vehicles are owned by the Jaguar Heritage Trust and are a small sample from its collection of some 150 historic vehicles.

Land Rover: The main feature of this display is a man-made ‘mountain’ designed to show off the Land Rover’s off road capabilities. In addition, cars on display include a 1968 series IIa SAS ‘Pink Panther’ and an amazing tracked Land Rover ‘Cuthbertson’. It also features the Range Stormer concept car and the very first Range Rover off the production line.

Making British Cars: Tells the tale of the changing times and fortunes of the motor industry in Britain. It describes the progress of technology, growth and mergers, and the highs and sometimes lows of some of Britain’s most well-known companies. See how the industry has altered over a century and Britain has been a leader in car production, design and innovation.

The British Motor Museum also has a number of Featured Displays and Period Displays, including:

Film & TV Cars: The Film & TV cars zone includes the fabulously pink FAB 1 from Thunderbirds and the Land Rover Defender used in the opening sequence of the James Bond Skyfall movie. It also includes the Tomb Raider Defender, the Land Rover ‘Judge Dredd’ City Cab and a replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future 2.

Gas Turbine: This section explains Rover’s fascination with the gas turbine, and has three Rover gas turbine cars on display. These include the unique Rover BRM which completed Le Mans twice.

Record Breakers: Featuring four of the world’s fastest MGs, as well as some fabulous images and film of them in action.

Royal Cars: Displaying a number of vehicles used by members of the royal family. Those currently on display in the British Motor Museum include the first bespoke royal Land Rover state review car. This section also includes a 1971 Rover P5B which belongs to HM the Queen.

John Carter’s Garage: The garage contains many original fixtures, fittings and objects and is representative of a 1930s independent garage. This is the place to learn what it was like to work as a mechanic back in the 1930s.

Motoring Cinema: In the 1930s themed Motoring Cinema, you can watch footage from some of the Museum’s archive films. These run continuously through the day beginning at 11am.

William Morris: Step into the office of car magnate William Morris, Lord Nuffield, from the Morris factory at Cowley. The office is laid out just how it was when he last came to work in 1963.

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British Motor Museum
Banbury Road
Warwickshire CV35 0BJ

Tel: 01926 641188

Opening Times

The British Motor Museum is open daily 10am – 5pm
Collections Centre open daily 11am – 5pm
Last admission to the British Motor Museum and Collections Centre is 4.30pm

Closed 24 December 2017 – 1 January 2018 inclusive

Admission Fees

Adult: £14.00
Child (5-16 yrs): £9.00
Under 5’s: FREE
Concession (60 yrs+, unemployed, student, service personnel): £12.00Family ticket (2 adults, 3 children): £39.00
Groups of 12 or more (pre booking essential): £9.00Buy 1 Day get 12 months FREE
All full-priced tickets are valid for 12 months from your first visit to the British Motor Museum for an unlimited number of visits (excluding 5 Special Show Days per year) when you Gift Aid your ticket.
Additional Information

An optional tour of the British Motor Museum is included in your entry fee.

The tours are available at 11.15am and 2.15pm.

They do not have to be pre-booked but are subject to availability.

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