National Motor Museum
Hampshire SO42 7ZN
For enthusiasts of vintage and modern motor vehicles, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire, England is an interesting place to visit.
The 2nd Barron Montagu of Beaulieu was one of the UK’s great motoring pioneers. He introduced the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to motoring in the 1890s, and was the first person to drive a motor car into the yard of the Houses of Parliament.
As a tribute to his father, the 3rd Baron founded the museum in 1952. From an initial collection of five cars and a small collection of auto memorabilia displayed in the Palace House front hall, the museum now has around 250 motor vehicles and other memorabilia displayed in a purpose built exhibit.
The Collections tell the story of motoring in Britain from the earliest pioneering times to the present day. There are some beautiful examples of early motor vehicles, and a delightful replica of a 1930s garage complete with fuel pumps. However, the majority of the displays feature gleaming examples of more modern British motor and motorcycle manufacturing.
The "On Screen Cars" exhibit has a display of TV and film cars including two of James Bond’s Aston Martins, Del Boy’s Reliant Regal as featured in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses and Mr. Bean’s lime green Mini.
Next to the museum building, the exhibit "World of Top Gear" has cars created by Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
The museum also hosts a collection of the well-known Rolls-Royce radiator mascot - the Spirit of Ecstasy - also known as the Flying Lady. We discover the love story behind The Whisperer figurine commissioned by one of the Montague lords.
Speed is represented by World Land Speed Record holding vehicles and Formula One championship racing cars. These achievements are recorded in archival film.
Plan Your Visit
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Every day except 25 December.
Summer (28 May - 25 September): 10:00 – 18:00 hours
Winter (28 September - 27 May): 10:00 – 17:00 hours
One inclusive ticket provides access to all museum attractions including unlimited rides on the Monorail & Veteran Bus. Tickets may be purchased on the day of your visit but special discounts are available to purchasers online. For more information go to Web: National Motoring Museum/ Ticketing External Link
The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear and the monorail, are just three of the attractions on Lord Montagu’s Estate in Hampshire, which are marketed jointly as ‘Beaulieu’. As well as the Museum, included in the single admission ticket are the Beaulieu Palace House & Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey, and the Secret Army Exhibition - an exhibit about the Special Operations Executive (SOE) training at Beaulieu during World War II.
Wheelchair accessible except the Monorail and Wheels ride.
Guide dogs not permitted in the ‘Top Gear’ Simulator.
Free hire of manual wheelchairs subject to availability. Book these in advance by calling 01590 614646 between 09:30 - 17:00 hours.
Induction loop, large print handouts and Disabled Parking available.
Cafe, Picnic Areas and Gift Shop.
Children particularly enjoy climbing into the Wheels pods and ‘driving’ through an audio-visual journey through the history of motoring in this family friendly ride.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1590 612 345
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- By Car
The Museum is close to Beaulieu Village in The New Forest in south-west Hampshire. Follow the brown tourist signs to the Museum.
From Southampton, London or the east:
Take the M27 motorway and exit at Junction 1, signed Cadnam and head southwards into The New Forest.
From the West:
Use the A31 from Dorset.
From the north:
Take either the A338 from Salisbury to Ringwood in the west of the Forest, or the A36 to Totton in the east.
- By Rail
The nearest railway station is Beaulieu Road, about 4 miles (6.4 km) away on the London-Weymouth main line. While previously this station had an infrequent service, there are now some 20 trains per day stopping there.
- By Bus
Wilts & Dorset bus service 112 serves the village on its way between Hythe and Lymington.
In summer, Beaulieu is served by the New Forest Tour, an hourly open-top bus service.
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