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16 Magnificent motor museums for little racers

Written by Annabel Middleton

Take a trip to silverstone,
and see how much motor has grown!
Be amazed at the vintage motorbikes,
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National motor museum

Beaulieu

Advance bookings: Family Ticket= £59.00. Under 5’s go FREE

This summer get set for the daily motoring parades at the National Motor Museum! Vehicles of yesteryear will rumble into life and drive out of the Museum for demonstration laps of the Arena! There are also new exhibits on display in ‘Bond in Motion-No Time to Die’, such as the film’s Toyota Land Cruiser. This will join the trio of Aston Martins and Chevy Bel Air, as well as the QDar tracking device and many new gadgets! Find out more here!

Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection

Gloucestershire, Cotswolds
Family ticket= £22.00

Have a nostalgic glimpse into life on the road in years gone by! This rare collection of vehicles and classic memorabilia may take you back to your first car or motorbike that you used to ride! Show your kids the old vehicles you had and stroll through the Blacksmith’s workshop to take in the sounds and smells of a world was moving towards motoring! There’s also so much more to explore along the Windrush Alley and in Jack Lake’s Garage! Find out more here!

Sammy Miller

New Milton, Hampshire

See one of the finest collections of fully restored motorcycles in the world with factory racers and exotic prototypes! Plus, you could be lucky enough to see Sammy Miller MBE, the motorcycling legend who is an 11 times British Champion and winner of over 1400 events, demonstrate and parade his bikes! Book now to see the new arrivals such as the 1938 OK Supreme Flying Cloud Deluxe and Sammy’s 1956 350 Royal Enfield Bullet! Find out more here!

Brooklands Museum

Weybridge, Surrey

Explore some amazing exhibitions at Brooklands Museum! Step inside Robin Jacksons workshop, one of racing’s leading engineers in the 1930s. Through displays of historic cars, photographs, costumes and memorabilia you will learn about the development of Grand Prix racing in Britain! You can also see the clubhouse and the ‘McLaren Driven by Design’ exhibition which explores how the team of McLaren designed and developed one of the ultimate supercars, the McLaren Senna GTR. There is so much to see for the motor fans amongst you! Find out more here!

London Transport Museum

Covent Garden Piazza (southeast corner), London
Kids go free!

Until the 1st of September get hands-on in the new interactive Green Journey installation to imagine a greener London! Discover transport’s role in creating a sustainable city and make your children aware. From the 9th of August to the 23rd of August, local families with children under 5 can also take part in ‘Action’ to discover the world of London’s transport through play, singing and stories. Book here!

Silverstone

Silverstone Circuit, Towcester
Kids go free with every paying adult when you book with Picniq

Learn about the current Silverstone circuit with over 60 hands-on exhibits to fuel your family’s imagination this summer! Walk on parts of the original grand prix circuit or climb into a replica 1948 ERA Grand Prix car and take a family photo! Each panel within the museum has memorable stories of racing events and major changes at each corner.

Throughout August your kids can also build and test their own air-powered car and take their super-speedy creations home. Or encourage their creativity and try out brass rubbing, there will be a variety of car designs to create using this fun technique. If none of that sounds interesting enough, there’s also a kid’s quiz trail where they must complete the questions and challenges throughout their visit to win a prize! Book here!

British Motor Museum

Lighthorne Heath, Warwick
Book in advance to save! From £40.00 for a family of 4 and family of 5. Under 5’s go FREE!

Until the 5th of September you can celebrate the 100th birthday of the Austin Seven with the British Motor Museum! Make your own ‘Austin Seven’ car, give it its own personality by choosing from lots of colours and decorations and take it home when you’re finished! You can also discover the names of the cars in the exhibition such as Ruby and Chummy, which will help you to think of a name that suits the car you have just created! Find out more here!

Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum

Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
Family ticket= £25, FREE entry for children under 2 years.

Have an epic 1940s weekend from the 13th to the 14th of August with 1940s singers, period vehicles and WWII troops & Living History Group. The Motor Museum houses a fascinating collection of classic cars and motorbikes and whilst you’re there why not also take a ride on the tractors or feed the animals. If you book online in advance, you will receive a free bag of feed! Find out more here!

The National Collections Centre

Nantgarw

Learn Wales’s story by exploring the transport collections in Wales! See the only car made in Wales as well as vehicles including a 1929 Chevrolet Mobile Shop, a 1959 Daimler Majestic, a Cardiff Corporation double-decker bus and many more! Find out more here!

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Holywood

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum takes you back in time to explore Ulster life 100 years ago. You’ll see cottages, farms, schools, and shops. There are visitor guides in full costume that will tell you stories and show you crafts. The Transport Museum is also full of classic cars, trains, motorbikes, fire engines and even electric trams! With a brand new “Celtic Wave” exhibition exploring the history of surfing as a sport in Ireland it’s the place to visit! Find out more here!

Mondello Park

Kildare, Antrim

Get up close and personal with world-class racing cars! Home to the Martin Birrane Collection, Modello park offers a treasure trove of beautiful, historic racing cars! Composed of some iconic and rare machinery from the worlds of saloon and sportscar racing and Formula One, this really is a one-of-a-kind collection! Holding a special importance to the Mondello Park team is the amazing BMW M1 Pro Car within which Martin Birrane took the class victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race of 1985 and you have the chance to see it! Plus, entrance is free of charge during the racing season so there’s no reason not to visit! Find out more here!

North West Museum of Road Transport

St Helens

Show the kids a 1962 Leyland “Comet” lorry with a most interesting and unusual history! Originally built to carry “lift vans” or containers before being converted into a recovery vehicle later in its carrer, this vehicle has an immense history! At the North West Museum of Road Transport, there is also an amazing ‘Carry on Glamping’ exhibition and bus collection for you to explore! Find out more here!

British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Leyland, Lancashire

This museum has plenty of fully restored vans, buses and trucks produced by the British Commercial Vehicle Industry. Your little ones will even get the chance to drive the trucks which have been brought to life by lights and sounds! From hands-on displays to test your kid’s ingenuity and knowledge in solving logistical problems to special events which include craft fairs and model makers exhibitions there is so much to see! Find out more here!

Myreton Motor Museum

Want to see old cars from the fifties, sixties, and seventies? Then Wille Dales’ collection at the Myreton Motor Museum is one for you! See some amazing cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and commercial vehicles as well as an assortment of period advertising, posters, enamel signs, and toy vehicles! Find out more here!

Moray Motor Museum

Elgin, Moray

Housed in a light and airy old mill building, the Moray Motor Museum houses a superb collection of veteran, vintage, classic cars, and motorbikes!  See the 1904 Speedwell which was used as a taxi in Sutherland, climbing the very steep Berrydale Braes on occasion or the 1936 Jaguar SS100 which was the first racing car from Jaguar! Entry even includes complimentary tea, coffee & soft drinks so don’t miss out! Find out more here!

Isle of Man Motor Museum

Jurby, Isle of Man
Family ticket= £42.50

Home to over 500 vehicles the Isle of Man Motor Museum has become a petrolhead’s paradise with something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The island naturally lends itself as an ideal destination to exercise your machines with fabulous driving roads and stunning views! At the core of the Museum’s collection is the Cunningham Collection which was assembled by father and son over the past 30 years! Find out more here!

 

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