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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  • I must admit i'm not a car lover but seeing all those old cars brought back lots of memories. Well worth a visit especially on a rainy day. Would go again.  more »
  • Really nice place to visit - spur of the moment decision, but glad we did! Looking forward to a return visit  more »
  • Great museum. Lots and lots of British cars and some none British. There are a few cars in which you can climb in. They have small Mini push cars what can be used by kids. Puzzles pieces can be collected so kids can have a more interactive stay. Leave plenty of time for the collection from the warehouse, there are many-many interesting cars, over 200. Canteen does not serve hot meals after 14:00, so you must be satisfied with sandwiches and other precooked cold meals.
  • One of the most interesting days out I've had. My wife was surprised that a day looking at cars could be so good. Brilliant the way it's laid out. So much to see and takes half a day to get around it. Stopped for lunch in the restaurant and spotless and good choice of meals. I loved it here and I think most would agree. Not a place for children as can't see them having much interest but adults 👍
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