British car museums in all their glory

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Haynes Motor Museum red room

For the car enthusiast visiting car museums will be high on their agenda of leisure time activities to do.  There are many different car museums that you can visit around the world that offer different specialities and car displays for you to see.  In the UK alone there are numerous museums all over the country that have a wide and varied range of cars, from the historical to the futuristic and luxurious.

We have listed below 5 of the best car museums around the UK for you to consider when planning your next day out.

Beaulieu – National Motor Museum

Beaulieu National Motor Museum car museumThe National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is a prime attraction for  enthusiasts to sample a wide variety of great cars from throughout the ages.

There are a range of stunning cars on display with changing exhibitions to ensure that no matter how many times you visit, it will always be a unique experience.  Plus, in addition to a fantastic car museum, it also has a monorail!

Heritage Motor Centre

Heritage Motor Centre car museumHome to the largest British car collection in the world, the Heritage Motor Centre offers an amazing day out for all car enthusiasts.

Telling the story from the early 20th Century through to present day there are a range of magnificent cars on display that offer an educational and entertaining experience for everyone that visits this car museum.

Haynes Motor Museum

Haynes Motor Museum red roomCar enthusiasts can enjoy visiting an international car museum based in the UK that tells the story of the automobile and the motorcycle from around the world.

The earliest model on display at Haynes is from 1855, and all cars and motorcycles in the display are driven at least once a year to ensure they are in full working order.

London Motor Museum

London Motor MuseumOffering an eclectic range of cars on show, the London Motor Museum is the only custom car museum in Europe.

This museum boasts privately owned collections from both American and European classic cars that range from the 1930s. There are various classic car exhibitions on display such as the recently added ‘Bat Cave’ display for you to enjoy.

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport MuseumAs the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry, the Coventry Transport Museum tells the story of the UK’s car industry spanning the last 150 years.

With various different displays throughout the year there is plenty to see and do for all the family.  The collection at this car  museum is acknowledged as one of the finest around the world.

One notable event for this year is that Maserati celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and this significant occasion will be featured in a number of places giving some great opportunities to see some historic Maseratis. One of the main events is at the Donington Historical Festival, which is staging a unique Maserati race where any Maserati built before 1966 can take part. An historic event that should surely be added to all car enthusiasts’ diaries.

Sam Davis wrote this guide to various car museums across Britain. Sam has a love of powerful cars and works closely with HR Owen Maserati who offer a wide selection of stunning new and used models. When he is not working, he enjoys taking part in adrenaline filled activities with his friends and has had the rare opportunity to look through Beaulieu’s backlot garages and historic paperwork.

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  1. Add Caistor, near Gt Yarmouth. Apart from not being allowed to take photographs (that was a first!) an amazing collection or cars, bikes and sundries.

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