Lakeland Motor Museum

The Lakeland Motor Museum has an unique collection of 30,000 exhibits, including 140 classic cars and motorbikes, all carefully assembled over 50 years which trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century.

Housed in a converted mill in the heart of the Lake District, the Lakeland Motor Museum is just minutes from Lake Windermere. The Museum also offers joint tickets with Windermere Lake Cruises and other local attractions.

The Lakeland Motor Museum’s large indoor exhibition area includes featured displays on:

  • Campbell Bluebird Displays: Pays tribute to the racing career of Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell. Highlights include full sized replicas of the 1935 Blue Bird car and 1939 Blue Bird Boat K4, as well as the 1967 jet hydroplane Bluebird K7.
  • Authentic Automobilia: The museum also has perhaps the largest collection of motoring memorabilia on public display in the UK. View an unique collection of petrol pumps, globes, enamel advertising signs, die-cast scale models and many more.
  • Isle of Man TT Tribute: A special display in tribute to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT). View the history of this legendary motorcycle race, tracing its history from 1907.
  • Vincent Motorcycles: Known as the Rolls Royces of the motorcycling world. The Vincent Motorcycles display includes the Black Shadow, Comet and Rapide motorcycles, as well as the famous Vincent Black Lightning. It also tells the intriguing story of the company’s founder Philip Conrad Vincent and his determination to change the world of motorcycling.
  • Pedal cars and cycles: A stunning collection of more than 50 pedal cars celebrate over 110 years of make-believe. Pedal cars were often made using similar materials to the marques they represented and are beautiful objects for both child and adult alike.

The Lakeland Motor Museum also includes a number of other themed areas, including:

Scenes: Displays include many realistic mannequins, including a Woman’s Land Army Girl with a 1940s fordson tractor and Allied Forces with a WWII Willys Jeep. The Scenes area also includes a 1920s Gangster evocative of America’s prohibition era.

Local history: The Historic Blue Mill, Iron Works, Woodland Industries, Gunpowder Factories, as well as Dolly Blue Myth.

Memory Lane: 1920s garage and 1950s café, Period shop displays, Early motoring in the English Lake District, and Historic Female Fashion

The Lakeland Motor Museum is much more than just a motor museum. The local history and period shopping displays, authentic recreations and picturesque riverside cafe makes the Lakeland Motor Museum a great day out for the whole family.

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Lakeland Motor Museum
Old Blue Mill
Cumbria LA12 8TA

Tel: 01539 530400



Opening Times

Open daily from 09:30 – 17:30, every day except Christmas Day.


Admission Fees

Adult: £8.50 (£7.70)
Child (5-15 years): £5.00 (£4.50)
Child (under 5 years): FREE
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children): £24.00 (£21.60)

(*in advance)

Please refer to the website for details of concessions or group bookings.

Additional Information

The museum is conveniently located adjacent to the Lake District’s arterial A590, between Newby Bridge and Haverthwaite, only 20 minutes drive from J36, M6 and Central Lakes (Bowness), via the A592. Sat Nav, LA12 8TA. Please follow white on brown tourism signs.

Combined tickets with Windermere Lake Cruises are also available with a seasonal shuttle bus from Lakeside Pier.

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