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Mega motor museums for little racers

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Looking to take your little racers on a fascinating day out?
These motor museums will hit the mark without a doubt!
From Silverstone Experience, Beaulieu and Bo’ness Motor Museum too,
You’re guaranteed to have wheel-y good time and learn something new! 

Streetlife Museum of Transport, Hull

Discover 200 years of transport history at Hull Streetlife Museum of Transport, this is perfect if you have little ones who are lovers of cars of all kinds! Take a walk down a 1940’s high street, board a tram and have lots of fun on the carriage ride at the Streetlife Museum. There are also 5 informative galleries for you to explore! The best part is, admission to this museum is totally free! Find out more here.

Lakeland Motor Museum, Cumbria

With over 30,000 exhibits to explore, on fascinating subjects such as Women’s Land Army, pedal cars, automobilia, Campbell Bluebird exhibition, and lots more, there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied! Plus, there is a free educational quiz for the children to complete which is sure to bring out their inner competitive sides! Complete your family day out here with a visit to the nearby Ambio, which has a great selection of homemade treats! – sure to be a huge hit with the family. Find out more here. 

Silverstone Experience, Towcester

Buckle up for an exciting, immersive family-friendly journey through the past, present and future of British motorsport and the history of Silverstone’s world-famous racing circuit too! Experience the sights, sounds and smells of race day at the tracks, get up close to iconic racing cars and join in with hands-on activities that children and adults alike will love. Find out more here!

British Motor Museum, Warwickshire

Home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars including Lady Penelope’s FAB1 from Thunderbirds, The British Motor Museum is a super fun yet educational day out for all! It is an extremely family-friendly museum with plenty of interactive exhibits, activity sheets, themed trails to follow and an outdoor playground. Your little ones can even tour the museum in their very own push along cars, so no need to worry about their little legs getting tired.  Find out more here.

Haynes International Motor Museum, Yeovil

As the UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars and with over 400 amazing cars and bike to see, you will be spoilt for choice in the Haynes International Motor Museum! The fun won’t stop here, because there is lots more for the whole family to enjoy including go-karting, an adventure play area, soft play area and lots more. Not to mention, the exciting opportunity to get your photo taken in the Ferrari F1 show car! Find out more here.

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Gloucestershire

Take a fascinating journey through time as you explore the history of 20th-century motoring at the Cotswold Motoring Museum. Explore seven special showrooms crammed with vintage cars, motorbikes, pedal cars and endless memorabilia. Kids will certainly find the toy collection extremely impressive with so many different toys to choose from. Find out more here.

Beaulieu National Motor Museum House and Garden, Hampshire

One of the South of England’s top attractions, Beaulieu is the perfect place for a family day out! The National Motor Museum has fascinating displays and exhibitions of vehicles, motoring books, journals and photographs. See Campbell’s famous Bluebird here, plus the kids will love seeing the car from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Enjoy unlimited rides on the high-level monorail or hop on board the replica 1912 London Bus for a tour around the beautiful grounds. Plus, BRAND NEW opening 15th March 2020 is ‘Little Beaulieu’, an enchanting new play area at Beaulieu for all ages. Find out more about the latest fantastic feature here. 

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, Hampshire

Home to over 400 rare and classic bikes, this fascinating museum is perfect for the motorcycle enthusiasts in your life and the whole family too! Founded by 11 times successive British Champion Sammy Miller MBE, the motorcycle museum is filled to the brim with the finest collections of fully restored motorcycles in the world, including factory racers and exotic prototypes. With some of the newest arrivals to the Museum including a 1964 Grand Prix Bianchi, a 1939 BSA Empire Star and the 1938 Zundapp K8000. Find out more here. 

Bo’ness Motor Museum, Central Scotland

The Bo’ness Motor Museum is a great all-weather attraction with something for all the family to enjoy, especially anyone loving movie memorabilia, in particular Bond films! The fantastic little museum has a fine collection of prominent cars, several of which have been used in classic films, including several James Bond movie cars, one of Del Boy’s Reliant, a Harry Potter Anglia, the hoverbike from Thunderbirds and so much more! Plus, explore the Money Penny Cafe and 007 bar here too! Find out more here. 

Myreton Motor Museum, Scotland

Located between the seaside towns of Aberlady and Gullane, Myreton Motor Museum is home to an interesting collection of cars, bikes, toys, bicycles and motoring memorabilia! If you are a lover of old-style vehicles and rare vehicles then this Museum is a must-visit for you.  Find out more here.

Tacla Taid The Anglesey Transport Museum, Wales

Walk back in time and see over 100 classic vehicles dating from the 1920s onwards at the Tacla Taid Anglesey Transport Museum! Not too mention their extraordinary Landrover collection, many of which have featured on TV and in movies! This museum offers something for all the family, with an onsite cafe, outdoor picnic area and kids play area here too. So, parents after lots of fun exploring this awesome museum take a seat on the outdoor picnic tables and enjoy the panoramic views of Snowdonia whilst the kids have lots of climbing fun! Find out more here.

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden London

There is something fascinating for families of all ages to enjoy at the multi-award-winning London Transport Museum in London’s Convent Garden. Explore the history of London’s transport through impressive displays, exhibitions, hands-on exhibits, family events, a huge range of iconic vehicles and artefacts and dedicated children’s galleries to keep those little hands busy! Worried about keeping your little tots busy on this family outing? Children under 6 can climb aboard a train, bus, taxi or tube in the ‘All Aboard!’ play zone! Find out more here!

Royal Air Force Museum, London

For a great family day out, head to the Royal Air Force Museum in London! Explore the fascinating story of the first 100 years of the RAF. Children will love the outdoor play area, thrilling 4D theatre and an exciting simulator ride here. Plus, there are some excellent choices for fuelling the family including Claude’s Restaurant, Sunderland Cafe and amazing picnic area if the weather stays dry. The best bit… admission is FREE! Find out more here. 

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