Created: November, 1995
Last updated: 29, May, 2005

Automotive museums in Great Britain

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The Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum

Tacla Taid, Tyddyn Pwrpas, Newborough, Isle of Anglesey, LL6 16T
phone: 1248 440 344
open: Easter-Oct 11 -16.30
displaying: Cars, m-cycles, Trucks, Buses
Aston Manor Road Transport Museum
37 Cornet Road, Birmingham, B47 5LP.
Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum
Downside, Stockley Lane, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0NF

Automobilia Motor Museum
The Old Mill, St Stephen, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 7RX
Tel: +44-1726-823092
Location: St Stephen is west of St Austell on A3058
Opens: Apr. May and Oet, 10.00-16.00 June Sept, 10.00-18.00
Fifty-vehicle display from 1901-1966 over three floors includes examples of Rolls Royee, Frazer Nash, Riley and Bean and many more besides, not least the unique Skinner Union (Sly) of 1935.

Bentley Motor Museum
Halland, Sussex
Location: off A22 between Ringmere and Halland, adjacent to Wildfowl Park
Interesting 50-car collection assembled from various private owners, representing the Veteran to Classic spectrum.

Betws-y-coed Motor Museum
Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd LL24 0AH
Tel: +44-1690-710-760

Biggar Museum Trust
Moats Park Heritage Centre, Kirksdale, Biggar, Strathclyde ML12 6DT
Tel +44-1899-210-50

Birmingham Museum of Science
Millenium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG
Tel: +44-121-235-1661
Opens: Mon-Sat 10.0017.00; Sun 14.00"17.30, except Christmas Day,
WWW: Boxing Day and Good Friday
The transport section within the city's museum includes an interesting section devoted to 20 or so cars, including perhaps most memorably the Railton Mobil Special Land Speed Record holder.

Black Country Museum
Tipton Rd, Dudley, West Midland DY1 4SA

Booth, Gideon
Rellandsgate, Kings Meaburn, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3BT

CM Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles
63-67 High Street, Rolvenden, Nr. Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4LP
Collection of Morgan three-wheelers, plus early motoring relics.

Bournemouth Transport Museum

Bradford Industrial Museum
Moorside Mills, Moorside Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD2 3HP
Location: Signposted from the Bradford road, A6177 near junction with A608
Opens: 10.00-17.00 Tues-Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays
Ph: +44 (1274) 435 900
The city's industrial museum includes a special display of local Jowett cars plus Scott motorcycles

Braidwood&Rushbrook Museum
McDonald Road Fire Station, McDonald Rd, Edinburgh, Lothian

Breamore House and Museums
Breamore nr. Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2DF

Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens
Bressingham, Diss. Norfolk IP22 2AB
Tel: +44-1379-681-386

Bristol Industrial Museum
Princes Wharf, Princes Str., Bristol, Avon BS1 4RN
Location: in dockland area adjacent to city centre
Opens: 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00 (except Thursday and Friday)
General industrial museum including two Bristol cars among its Bristol-orientated exhibits.

The British Commercial Vehicles Museum,Leyland
King Street, Leyland, Preston, Lancashire, PP5 1LE
Location: King Street, off Towngate in Leyland, junction 28 on M6
Opens: Apr-Sept 10.00-17.00 except Monday. Oet-Nov, weekends only
Superb collection of trucks, fire engines, vans, buses and even a "Popemobile" make this this the largest museum of its type in Europe. Exhibits regularly changed and regular special displays.

Brooklands Museum
Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 OQN
Tel: +44-1932 857381
Location: Just of A3 Cobham turnoff. Junction 10 on M20
Opens: Monday-Sunday 10.00-16.00 (5 pm in summer), closed 23-31 December.
Expanding facility at the historic track recreating "The spirit of Brooklands". Attractions include the famous site itself plus aircraft, motorcycles, plus in the original E.R.A. shed a Brooklands Speed Record exhibition.

The Bugatti Trust Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL52 4RD
Location: Adjacent to Precott hillclimb course, off A436 north of Cheltenham
Opens: Normal office hours, plus hillclimb days The
charitable trust with the objective of preserving the works of Ettore Bugatti operates this study centre with a large archive and at least one car on display.

Bury Transport Museum
Castlecroft Rd, off Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire
Tel: +44-161-764-7790

Caister Castle Motor Museum
Caister on Sea, nr Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Location: One mile north of Great Yarmouth on A149
Opens: Mid May to September 30, 10.30-17.00 (except Saturday)
Largest private collection in Britain features many fine exhibits including some interesting Americana

Canterbury Motor Museum
Cogan Terrace, Canterbury, Kent
Tel: +44-1227-451-718

Cars (Classis Automobilia & Regalia Specialists)
4-4a Chapel Terrace Mews, Kemp Town, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1HU
Tel: +44-1273-601-960

Cars of the Stars Motor Museum
Standish Street, Town Centre, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5LS
Location: Standish Street i8 off Station Street in central Keswick
A 2nd collection was opened by the caretakers of this museum in Edinburgh during early 2003 but it was forced to closed to only a couple of months later.
Opens: 10.00-17.D0, Easter to New Year plus February half-term and December weekends.

Clark, Jim Room
44 Newtown Street, Duns. Borders
Tel: +44-1361-883-960

Classic Car Collection Motor Museum
Mill 2, New Lanark, Lanark, Strathclyde ML11 9DB

The Combe Martin Motorcycle Collection
Cross Street, Combe Martin, Devon EX34 0DH

Coors Visitors Center (formerly the Bass Museum)
Horminglow Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1JZ
Tel: +44-1283-511-000
Home of the Bass historic transport fleet and a venue for classic car venues.

Cotswolds Motor Museum & Toy Collection
Old Mill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 2BY
Location: 20 miles east of Cheltenham on the A429 Fosse Way
Opens: Mar-Sept 10.00-18.00
Cars, including a Brookland Riley and an Austin Seven Ulster are but part of one of the most attractive and atmospheric small museums in Britain wherein lies one of the country's largest collections of motoring memorabilia, sympathetically and aceessibly displayed.

The Donington Collection
Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby, DE7 2RP
Location: Beside Donington race circuit. Take M1 exit 24 follow signs to Ashby on the A453. Eight miles SE of Derby
Opens: 10.00-16.00 daily (later during race meetings)
The world's largest assemblage of historic single-seat racing cars is a remarkable museum built up round the core of Tom Wheatcroft's private collection. From Alfa to Wolf, it's all there in this treat for the sporting-minded enthusiast.

Dover Transport Museum
33 Alfred Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 2AD,

Design Museum
Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
Including a good automotive section; regular special exhibitions.

East Anglia Transport Museum
Chapel Road, Carlton, Calville, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 5AT

Effingham Motor Museum
Effingham Park, Copthorne, West Sussex
Location: Within Effingham Park Conferenee Centre
Opens: As per conference facilities
A private collection displayed about the Park's conference centre, including Delahaye, Alfa and McLaren. Not a museum as such but all cars well worth seeing in between conferences and banquets.

Fire Service National Museum Trust
c/o 9 Marland Way, Manton Heights, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK41 7N

Geeson Bros. Motor Cycle Museum&Workshop
South Witham, Nr. Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 5PH
Tel: +44-1572-767-280

Glasgow Museum of Transport
Kelvin Hall, 1 Bunhouse Rd, Glasgow, Strathclyde G3 8DP Tel: +44-141-305-2623
Location: in Kelvin Hall which Faces the City Art Gallery and Museum across Argyle Street
Opens: Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00; Sunday 14.00-18.00; Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day
This recently moved, expanded and revamped section of the city's Museums and Art Galleries Department mixes traditional and modern museum techniques to good affect. Scottish marques such as Argyll, Albion and Ascot Johnston are among the cars which vie for space with the trains, trucks, bicycles and the reconstruction of Kelvin Street.

Glenluce Motor Museum
Officers Croft, Glenluce, Dumfries and Galloway

Grampian Transport Museum
Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB33 8AD

Haynes Motor Museum
Sparkford, near Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7LH
Tel: +44-1963-440-804
Fax: +44-1963-441-004
Opens: 9.30-17.30 seven days a week

Heritage Motor Centre
Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ
Tel: +44-1926-641-188
Opens: 10-6 (cleses 4.30pm: 1 Nov to 31 March)
The world's largest collection of historic British cars. It was opened in 1993 to house the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust's collection of 200- plus cars (all from Rover's family tree) and archives.

Highland Motor Heritage Centre
Bankfoot, Perthshire, Strathclyde, Scotland, PH1 4EB.

Hull Transport Museuns
36 High Street, Kingston upon Hull, Humberside
Opens: Monday to Satuarday 10.00-17.00; Sunday 14.S0-16.30; closed Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Days
Hull city's transport collection majors on an interesting mix of Veterans but there's also an Isetta three-wheeler from the more recent past.

Ingliston Motor Racing Circuit
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, Lothian EH28 8NF

Ipswich Transport Museum
The Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, IPSWICH IP3 9JD

Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust
Jaguar Cars Ltd
Browns Lane, Allesley, Coventry, West Midlands CV6 2BG
It can only be accessed as part of an organised Browns Lane plant tour (mainly suitable for groups/clubs etc.). Details from Val King, Receptionist/Tour Administrator, Tel. +44-24-762-02058

Kew Transport Museum
41 Burlington Avenue, Kew Gardens, Surrey

Lakeland Motor Museum
Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, nr Grange over Sands, South Lakeland, Cumbria LA11 7PL
Location: 15 miles south of Windermere off the Ao92
Opens: Easter Sept 11.00-18.00 every day

Levens Hall Steam Collection
Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum
Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 3QT.

Llandudno Motorcycle Museum
Upper Mostyn Street, Llandudno, Gwynedd

Llangollen Motor Museum
Petrefelin, Llangollen, Clwyd, North Wales

London Bus Preservation Trust
Cobham Bus Museum
Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1EF
Tel: +44-1932-868-665

London Transport Museum

Manx Motor Museum
Crosby, Isle of Man
Opens: May 21-Sept 11: 11-17.30 every day
The Manx Motor Museum specialises in oddities such as a 1904 Stanley Steamer and a 1965 Peel, the only Manx car, and among the Americana are a 1937 Cord and a 1937 Buick.

Midland Bus Museum
Chapel Lane, Wythall, Birmingham, West Midlands

Midlands Motor Museum
Stourbridge Road, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6PT
Location: Betwen Hndgnorth and Stour-bridge on the A458
Opens: 11.00-16.00 (daily July-September, otherwise weekends only)
Superb collection of 100 sports and sport racing cars plus motorcycles in the beautiful setting of the hall's old stable block. The whole spectrum of great cars from AC Cobra to Vauxball 30/98.

Miller, Sammy Motorcycle Museum
Gore Road, New Milton, Hampshire

Moray Motor Museum
Bridge Street, Elgin, Grampian, Scotland
Tel: +44-1343-544933
Location: on A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness, by bridge over River Lossie
Opens: Easter-Oct, 11.0017.C0 daily
A 1957 Tojeiro Jaguar, the last AC Ace and a single seat Maserati plus other notables are among the 20-car, 23-motorcycle collection of Tom and Freda McWhirter, owners of this most northerly museum in the UK.

The Motor House
Christchurch Ski & Leisure Centre, Machismo Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6AW.

The Motor Museum
Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, Holland, Near Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5AF

Mouldsworth Motor Museum
Smithy Lane, Mouldsworth, Cheshire CH3 8AR
Tel: +44-1928-731-781
Location: Close to Ashton, six miles east of Chester
Opens: Sundays 12.00-17.00 Easter to October
The austere exterior of the old water softening plant gives little hint of the fine display inside of 36 Veteran, Vintage and Classic cars plus hundreds of small display items, signs and models.

Murrays Motorcycle Museum
Bungalow Corner, TT Course, Snaefell Mountain, Isle of Man

Museum of Army Transport
Flemingate, Beverley, North Humberside, HU17 ONG
Tel: +44-1482-866445
Location: East of town centre on A1079 Hull side of town
Opens: Daily 10.0S17.00; closed Mondavs in Nav & Dee
Car exhibits in this large military museum include two of Field Marshall Montgomery's staff cars - a 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith, plus a 1941 Humber Super Snipe alongside Jeeps, Land-Rovers and other staff transport.

Museum of British Road Transport
St Agnes Lane, Hales Street, Coventry, CV1 1PN
Tel: +44-1203-832425
Location: Inside city ring road on north of city centre, close to Cathedral
Opens: Every day 10.00-16.30.
A vast number of exhibits both two and fourwheeled are housed in the Coventry museum where the scope runs from a gaggle of Veterans through to Richard Noble's Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC Land Speed Record holder

The Museum of Fire
Lothian & Borders Fire Brigade, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DE.

Museum of English Rural Life
The University, Whiteknights Park, Reading, Berkshire

Museum of Police Motor Vehicles
8 Hallcroft, Hutton, Preston, Lancashire PR4 5SS
Tel: +44-1772-612-302

Museum of Transport
Boyle Street, Cheetham, Greater Manchester M8 8UW

Myreton Motor Museum
Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland EH32 0PZ
Tel: +44-1875-870-288
Location: off the coast road north-east of Edinburgh, between Aberlady and Drem
Opens: 10.00-17.00 (exeept Sunday and in winter)
Predominantly pre-war 50 plus collection of impressive variety where cars are maintained in running and 'original' condition. Motorcycles, cycles and horsedrawns too,

The National Motor Museum
John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Hampshire, S042 7ZN
Tel: +44-1590-612-345
Opens: 10.00-17.30
Britain's premier motoring museum contains superb, extensive and ever-improving display of more than 250 vehicles record breaking sporting, trend-setting exotic and otherwise. Modern museum technology and additional attractions add to the museum's appeal with cars in action, a monorail, large reference library and the Wheels "journey through motoring history" among other attractions housed in the beautiful 100 acre New Forest setting.

The National Motorcycle Museum
Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands

The National Museum of Science and Industry
Exhibtion Rd, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD
This world-famous technical museum includes a compact transport collection, part of which is in store and part on display at the associated museum at Wroughton. The 25 or so cars to be seen in London include 'JET 1', the Rover Turbine and the 1922 Austin Seven prototype.

The National Tramway Museum
Crich, nr. Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP
Tel: +44-1773-852-565
Biggest national collection of working trams: horse-drawn, steam and vintage electric.

Newburn Hall Motor Museum
35 Townfield Gardens, Newburn, Tyne&Wear
Tel: +44-191-264-2977

The North East Bus Museum
Leam Lane, Wardley, Gateshead, Tyne&Wear

North of England Open Air Museum
Beamish, Durham, County Durham

The Oxford Bus Museum
Old Station Yard, Long Hanborough, Oxford

Railway & Armoured Train Museum on the Web

Ramsgate Motor Museum
Westcliff Hall, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9JX
Tel: +44-1843-581-948

REME Museum
Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield, Reading, Berkshire

Royal Scottish Museum
Department of Science Technology, and Working Life
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Lothian EH1 1JF
Tel: +44-131-225-7534
Opens: Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00 Sunday 14.00-17.00
The Scottish national collection maintains a transport department with an eclectic handful of cars from an 1895 Leon Bolle to a 1959 Mini.

Sandringham Museum
c/o The Estate Office, Sandringham House, Sandringham, Norfolk PE36 6EN
Tel: +44-1553-772-675
Location: on the A149 six miles north east of Kings Lynn
Opens: Telephone for details
The museum associated with the Royal residence and estate includes several cars including King Edward VII's 1900 Daimler, the first car to be purchased by the Royal Family

Standtoft Transport Museum
Sandtoft, nr. Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Tel: +44-1724-711-391

The Sciene Museum Wroughton
Red Barn gate, Wroughton, nr. Swindon, Wiltshire
Location: South of Swindon off A4361
Opens: May-Sept on selected weekends; phone for details
Wroughton is described as an 'out station' to London's Science Museum and it is home to a number of the museum's four-wheeled exhibits ranging from a 3-litre Bentley to a Vauxhall Victor, displayed alongside aircraft, rockets, commercial vehicles and farm equiprnent.

The Shuttleworth Collection
Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9ER
Tel: +44-1767-627-502
Location: Near At east of Bedford
Opens: Apr-Sept 9.00-17.00 weekdays 10.0018.00 Sat/Sun Oct Mar 10.00-dusk
The museum named after driver and aviator Richard Shuttleworth majors on the aviation side but the cars ranging from an 1896 Benz to an 1932 Austin Seven, deserve inspection.

Stanford Hall Museum
Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 6DH
Tel: +44-1788-860250
Location: on the B5414, exit 20 M1 motorway
Open: Easter-Sept 14.30-18.00 Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays
Primarily a motorcycle museum but including three cars, a 1921 'Garden', 1932 Morgan and 1958 Messerschmitt alongside a fine two-wheeled array

Tameside Transport Collection
Warlow Brook, Frietland, Greenfield, Oldham, Lancs.

The Transport Museum at Wythall
By the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Trust
Chapel Lane, Wythall, Birmingham, West Midlands B47 6JX
Ph: +44 (1564) 826 471

Vauxhall Heritage Centre
Griffin House, Osborne Rd, Luton LU1 3YT
Not normally open to the public, but a working collection of almost 30 Vauxhall opened in 1993.

Vintage Motor Cycle Museum& Workshop
South Wiltham, Grantham, Lincolnshire

West Wycombe Motor Museum
Cockshoot Farm, Charley Road, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Yorkshire Car Collection
Grange Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 3EJ
Opens: 10am-5pm daily, Easter to 31 October, plus weekends all year.
Cars collected largely by the late industrialist Peter Black, and now crammed into a delightful labryinth packed with memorabilia, paintings, components and even a steam organ. Plenty of oddballs, lots of earlier cars etc.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Cultra, Holywood, Co Down, N. Ireland BT18 0EU
Tel: +44-1232-428-428
Location: Two sites, one at Cultra, Holywood, four miles east of Belfast on Bangor road, the other at the Witham Street Belfast Gallery, Witham Str.
Opens: daily except December 24-26, but times vary according to month (.e.g July/August 10.30am-6pm, but from noon on Sundays).
The only museum in the world to concentrate on the production and use of motor cars in Ireland. Examples from main producers on display, plus history of the Ards and Dundrod TT races.


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Paul Negyesi

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