Cotswold Motoring Museum
Located in the picturesque village of Bourton on the Water which makes a great day out with the kids or break in the Cotswolds, the Cotswold Motoring Museum is a truly fascinating journey through the 20th Century.
The Cotswold Motoring Museum is overflowing with vintage car collections, classic cars, motorcycles and caravans. It also has a large collection of original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities. The whole collection makes for a genuinely captivating experience and a fun day out at Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. The Cotswold Motor Museum has a number of themed areas to help visitors learn about the history of the automobile as well as the industry itself, including:
Mill Gallery: A gallery full of great vehicles, quaint caravans, motoring curiosities, and enamel signs as well as showcases packed with memorabilia.
Blacksmiths: The sounds and smells of a blacksmith’s workshop bring to life a world that was rapidly moving away from the four legged horse and towards the four stroke engine. The firm of Alldays can be traced back to 1780, while Onions had been operating since 1625. Alldays and Onions made bellows, anvils, vices and tools for the blacksmith trade.
Windrush Alley: Featuring a street level view, where the Boneshaker, Penny-Farthing, and safety bicycles share the road with a horse drawn carriage and cars. There are also chickens and even an Italian ‘mouse’ – can you spot it? Motorsport also makes a muddy splash with a 1964 MG 1100 and a Levis motorcycle.
Jack Lakes Garage: Small country garages opened up and down the land to serve the needs of the early motorist. This captivating story is told through Bourton’s very own pioneer mechanic.
Paved Paradise: The colours, shapes and textures evoke nostalgia for the funky 1960s and 70s. This is the coolest scene in town.
Guest Car Gallery: This regularly changing exhibition takes a sideways look at some of the 20th century’s motoring icons. Past exhibitions include, ‘Wallace and Gromit and the Revenge of the Were-rabbit’, ‘Quadrophenia’ and ‘You’re the one that I want’ a 1970s extravaganza. The current exhibition is ‘Racing Hero’ with James Hunt’s last F1 car.
Home of Brum: The Cotswold Motoring Museum is also proud to be the home of super hero TV star Brum. This is a half-scale replica of a late-1920s Austin 7 “Chummy” convertible which first appeared on TV screens in 1991. It showed Brum, the highly intelligent little car, having all kinds of adventures before returning home to the museum.
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Cotswold Motoring Museum
The Old Mill
Gloucestershire GL54 2BY
Tel: 01451 821255
The Cotswold Motoring Museum is open 10am – 6pm, seven days a week from mid-February to mid-December.
Children 4–16 years: £4.10
Under 4s: Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): £18.00
The Cotswold Motoring Museum also features a number of other collections which are included in the admissions price, such as:
Pedal Toys: A huge selection of pedal cars, bicycles and aeroplanes to see. There is even a pedal-snail.
Model kits and smaller toys: Everything from meccano built into windmills, cars and cranes, scalectrix, push-along wooden and metal vehicles, as well as penny tin toys.
Memorabilia: An array of items from Motoring related to Vintage Art Deco, including practical items like spark plugs, brake fluid tins and carbide pots to name just a few.
Motorcycles: Over 20 different motorcycles from an early 1915 BSA 3½ to a number of scooters from the 1950s, as well as sports bikes of the 1970s.
Caravans: From the 1920s and 1970s, each housing an overflow of memorabilia from that era including vintage clothing, gramophones and magazines!