British Motor Museum

British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
Banbury Road
CV35 0BJ

About the British Motor Museum

The world’s largest collection of historic British cars

The British Motor Museum hosts the world’s largest collection of historic British cars, celebrating the past, present and future of British motoring.

There are over 400 classic British cars for visitors to explore from the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust.

The base of the collection stems from the Trust’s historic beginnings as British Leyland (BL) Heritage, but it now takes in smaller manufacturers such as Morgan and niche producers such as Land Rover and Jaguar, as well as the mainstream producers from the past, such as Austin and Morris.

You can learn about the people behind the cars, the places they were built and hear the stories from our guides. With free tours and interactive family activities to inspire and bring the stories to life, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Take a walk down the ‘Time Road’ and discover how motoring and family life have changed from the 1900s to today. Travel through ‘Making British Cars’ and see how influential the motor industry has been over the years.

Get ‘Under the Skin’ and unravel the mystery of how cars work with interactive exhibits, and let costumed explainers bring the cars to life as you explore the best of British motoring.

British Motor Museum opening hours

The museum’s normal opening hours are:

  • Museum from 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Collections Centre from 11.00am to 5.00pm

The last admission to the Museum and Collections Centre is 4.00pm.

Access to the Collections Centre is included in your entry fee. You’ll just need to show your Museum admission ticket at the door to gain entry.

Please note: The Museum will be closed from 24 December to 01 January, inclusive.


  • The British Motor Museum has full disabled access and family-friendly facilities.
  • All toilets offer disabled access and are also equipped with baby changing facilities.
  • There are lifts to all levels.
  • Portable induction loops and wheelchairs are available on request.

Getting there

The British Motor Museum is 14 miles north of Banbury and around 40 miles (a one-hour drive) from Oxford.

The British Motor Museum is five minutes from Junction 12 of the M40, on the B4100 near the village of Gaydon. It is signed locally with brown Motor Museum road signs.

Exit the M40 at Junction 12 and turn left, following the brown Motor Museum signs. Continue for approximately 1 mile and the entrance to the British Motor Museum is on your left.

If using a Sat Nav for directions, we recommend you enter the British Motor Museum as a point of interest rather than using the postcode. The Museum has free and ample parking for its Museum visitors.

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