Our journey features over 130 Classic cars, and takes you through the golden ages of British car design and manufacturing, starting with the Austin Seven, through to the Morris Minor, classic Mini, Ford Escort and everything in between.
You will be guided around the exhibition by an interactive tablet, which also includes a special children’s tour. We also have a great café where you can relax after your remarkable tour through time.
Take a quick video tour of our attraction to discover what you can expect when you visit our interactive car museum.
The Journey is organised into chapters that tell the fascinating story of the pioneers, entrepreneurs, industrialists that built the British motor industry.
From Herbert Austin to William Morris to the Rootes Brothers, you will discover how they built their empires as you explore the cars they created in our exhibition.
Our fully interactive audio-visual guide helps you uncover Great British innovations and the stories behind over 130 carefully selected cars from the Austin Seven to the Metro and beyond!
Whether it was your first car, your family car or the car you passed your test in, we are pretty sure you will find it in the Great British Car Journey.
There are plenty of photo opportunities inside too!
You will discover that many of the cars in the Great British Car Journey collection also have their own unique stories related to their owners and their history.
You can even pull out the choke, turn the key and take a trip down memory lane with our unique classic car driving experience Drive Dad’s Car.
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The Great British Car Journey:
Celebrating Britain’s contribution to popular motoring
Over 130 carefully chosen vehicles tell the story of the British motor industry on an interactive journey spanning the last 100 years.
Guided by an audio-visual tablet, visitors will meet the two founding fathers of the industry: Herbert Austin and William Morris, whose vast manufacturing plants in the Midlands produced millions of cars which were exported all over the world. British cars heralded a global transport revolution mobilising billions of people.
Now that era has passed. Cars have since become as reliable and disposable as a domestic appliance, and the industry has become globalised and centred in the East. China is the world’s largest car manufacturer, whilst Japan leads the export race which was once a British preserve. Austin, Morris and many other British brands have long since disappeared. however, they are now experiencing a renaissance in the Derbyshire Dales.
From the legendary Austin Seven to the magnificent Mini, Great British Car Journey tells the fascinating story of engineering, enterprise and endeavour which, for a brief period, saw British cars rule the road.