Heritage Motor Centre

Heritage Motor Centre
Banbury Road
CV35 0BJ


Heritage Motor Centre museum website


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Supercar Sunday website


Gaydon Mini Festival website



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Education department


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01926 641188


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Heritage Motor Centre
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The Heritage Motor Centre is home to the world’s largest collection of British Cars; it boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras and is a mecca for car enthusiasts.

The Heritage Motor Centre is situated in Gaydon, Warwickshire, just off junction 12 of the M40. The building itself is a spectacular piece of architecture with an art deco design, and stands proudly in a beautifully landscaped setting of 65 acres, which rolls out onto the Warwickshire countryside.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Daily 1000-1700

Closed: December 24 - January 1 inclusive

Admission charges

Adults: £12
Children (5 - 16yrs): £8
Children under 5: FREE
Concessions: £10
Family (2 adults up to 3 children): £34

Collections record the history of motor car manufacture in Britain and include a wide range of historical items which help describe the long and varied history of the motor industry, since its early beginnings more than one hundred years ago. Every item has been made by or is connected to British motor manufacturers.

Collection details

Archives, Land Transport

Key artists and exhibits

  • Making British Cars
  • Life's Highway
  • Baldwin Collection
  • Under The Skin
  • British motor industry
  • British cars
  • Classic cars
  • Longbridge
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Heritage Motor Centre

Museums at Night: Car Stories at Dusk

  • 16 May 2015 5:30-8pm

Join us for an exclusive out of hours experience at the Heritage Motor Centre. See the museum in a completely different light by taking part in the special tours and family activities.

The museum will be open from 5.30pm – 8.00pm for you to can explore at your leisure our extensive collection of British cars. In addition to the usual museum experience, there will be an ‘object handling’ session with some intriguing items from our behind the scenes collection. Plus an opportunity to share your motoring memories and be a part of our Car Stories project.

You can also travel back in time and join a 1920’s theory driving class with the ‘Honourable Mrs Victor Bruce’. We’ve even invited local percussionist Bo Davies, who will drum using car parts, to provide some interactive musical entertainment.

To attend this event please register at www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk/event/museums-at-night-car-stories-at-dusk/

Suitable for

  • Any age



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Journeys Through Time (KS1)

A schools programme where children journey through the history of cars. Experience what it was like to own one of the first cars and to have driven on victorian roads through exciting costumed role-play. Explore our collection of over 150 vehicles including a 1920s London bus complete with conductor! Learn how cars have changed the way we live our lives over the last 100 years.