Heritage Motor Centre
Warwickshire CV35 0BJ
According to the Heritage Motor Centre, it has the world’s largest collection of historic British Vintage, Veteran and Classic cars. The museum houses the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s collection of historic vehicles.
The prime purpose of the Centre is to teach people about the history of the British Motor Industry in a bright and innovative way. The Centre incorporates not just an exhibition hall, a vehicle restoration workshop and an archive reading room, but also a lively education service. Extensive conference facilities financially support the work of the museum and archive activities.
The public may also be able to enjoy a Land Rover or Drivezone Experience on their day out.
The Centre is a modern “Art Deco’ style building set in 65 acres (26.3 hectares) of landscaped gardens on the site of the former RAF Gaydon airfield. The displays chart the history of the British car industry from the start of the last century to the present day.
The collection includes the first and last production models of the Land Rover Freelander and also the Rover 75. Various Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles used by the Royal Family, the winning Minis from the Monte Carlo Rally in the 60s and a 2003 Ascari KZ1 sports car, amongst many others.
There are MGs, Mini Coopers in all their various guises, an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (the type driven by James Bond in the movie Die Another Day) and a luxury Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Museum Collections Centre
This new building is separate to the main museum and houses the reserve Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust collection and the overflow of the 300-strong British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Collection.
A number of special Events Days are held at the Centre. Events are not necessarily to do with cars, e.g. View the Vulcan XH558 air Display or the Great Electric Model Railway Show. For details of current and upcoming events go to Web: Heritage Motor Centre/ What's On
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation- Search & Book through Booking.com here:
The Motor Heritage Centre
has an excellent section of their website to assist you Web: Planning Your Visit
Opening Hours & Admission Prices
Normally open all year 7 days a week: 10:00 – 17:00 hours.
Will be closed from: 30 November 2015 to 12 February 2016 inclusive.
More details go to Web: Heritage Motor Centre/Accessibility.
The Cafe is open daily from 10:00 – 16:30 hours.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1926 641 188
- By Car
The Centre is situated on the B4100 just outside the village of Gaydon. Travelling from North or South the easiest way to reach it is by following the signs from Junction 12 of the M40.
If using a Sat Nav for directions it is recommended you enter the Heritage Motor Centre as a point of interest rather than using the postcode. The Heritage Motor Centre has excellent 'Getting Here Instructions' on their website
- By Bus
The only regular bus service which visits the Heritage Motor Centre operates between Leamington Spa and Fenny Compton -local bus route (no. 77). For an up-to-date timetable visit the Stagecoach website.
- By Rail
The nearest mainline rail stations are located at Warwick
8 miles (13 km), Royal Leamington Spa
8 miles (13 km)) and Banbury 11 miles (18 km)
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