Donington Collections

The Donington Grand Prix Collection features four halls with over 130 exhibits which illustrate the history of motorsport from the early 1900s. The collection includes the largest display of Williams F1 and McLaren F1 cars outside of their respective factories, as well as the only complete collection of Vanwall F1 cars in the world, and selected F1 cars from Ferrari, Lotus, Brabham, Force India, Jordan and many more.

Highlights of the museum include:

The largest collection of Williams F1 cars outside of the factory. You can get up close and personal to several championship-winning Williams F1 cars dating back to the early 1980s which were by legendary drivers of the sport, such as Nigel Mansell, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet and Damon Hill. The Donington Collection also treasures the very first F1 car Ayrton Senna ever drove, as well as the Williams FW14 which Mansell drove to the World Championship in 1992.

The largest collection of McLaren F1 cars outside of the factory. This collection includes a number of iconic cars from the Woking outfit, including the distinctive red and white F1 cars which Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost drove in the early 1990s, as well as the 1993 car in which Senna won the European Grand Prix which was held at Donington Park that year. There are also World Championship winning cars driven by Mika Hakkinen, and cars driven by David Coulthard.

The largest collection of Force India F1 cars in the world. This part of the collection includes the 2009 car in which Giancarlo Fisichella drove to the team’s first ever podium at Spa Francorchamps, as well as the 2011 car that was driven by Paul di Resta. There are 6 Force India F1 cars on display, including cars of every year from 2008-2011.

The only complete set of Vanwall F1 cars in the world. Vanwall raced in the 1950s and Stirling Moss drove for the British outfit alongside Tony Brooks, winning the Constructor’s Championship in 1958. The collection also includes some cars from BRM, another British-based GP team of the same era.

The Wheatcroft Trophy Room. In addition to a large display of the personal trophies and awards of Tom Wheatcroft, the owner of Donington Park for many years, this area of the Donington Collection houses rare pre-war trophies, including the Carner Bowl, the Craner Trophy, and the Tom Wheatcroft Trophy.

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Location

Donington Collections
Donington Lane
Castle Donington
Derbyshire DE74 2RP

Tel: 01332 811 027

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week: 10am until 5pm
Last admission: 4pm

Closed: Christmas (22nd December to 2nd January, reopen 3rd January)
Closed: Download Festival (Fri 9th June to Mon 12th June)

Please check exact dates before travelling.

Admission Fees

Adult: £12.00
OAP: £10.00
Student: £10.00
Child: £5.00
Family £25.00 (2 Adults + up to 3 children)

Please contact the museum for details of concessions or group bookings.

Additional Information

The Donington Collection also includes the Wheatcroft Military Collection, with two halls of tanks, armoured vehicles and incredibly rare military motorcycles.

Admission to the Wheatcroft Military Collection is included in the price of Admission to the Grand Prix Collection.

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