British Motor Museum, Gaydon

The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British Cars; it boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras.

Situated in the small village of Gaydon, Warwickshire, just off junction 12 of the M40. The Museum building is a spectacular piece of architecture with an art deco design, whilst the Collections Centre building is a modern contrast. Together they stand proudly in a beautifully landscaped setting of 65 acres, which rolls out onto the Warwickshire countryside.


The Museum opened in 1993 as the amalgamation of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s preserved car collection.

The Trust decided that the car collection and artefacts were outgrowing its then two locations, Studley in Warwickshire and a museum in Syon Park in London. A dedicated purpose-built residence was needed to give the collection pride of place and open for public viewing.

It was the Trust’s mission to keep the memory of the British motor industry alive and to tell its story to all, starting from the beginning of the 20th Century to present day. So a building was designed that not only housed the cars and its extensive motoring archive, but also had educational and conference facilities thus ensuring its sustainability. The Heritage Motor Centre, as it was first known, opened in May 1993.
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  • well worth a visit very clean very friendly talkative staff thought the wife would be bored she loved it especially as one of the staff allowed her to sit in a Wolsey her very first car what memories ...  more »
  • Excellent visit to this showcase of British motoring. Whether you’re an enthusiast or not you’ll thoroughly enjoy looking at these superb vehicles from our past. Cafe/restaurant offered a good choice ...  more »
  • I went here for the museum and it was great! There was a huge selection of cars to look at and they were in great and clean condition. The whole museum was very clean and staff were all very nice. There was a little shop where they sold different souvenirs and the staff there were also very nice! I would definitely recommend this place to other people. If this is told far away from you, it is definitely worth coming here. You wont be disappointed.
  • Great fun for a family day out. You find out more about the history of automobiles in the UK, you see some cars used in famous movie sets and races, concept cars. This place is great regardless your age. I took my elderly parents for a visit there and they were gobsmacked. They loved it and wanted a photo with each car.
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