When British Cars Ruled the Road

There are many excellent car museums in the UK but Great British Car Journey is a little bit different.

As the title suggests, visitors will be taken on an interactive nostalgic journey celebrating an era when British entrepreneurs and engineers were at the forefront of a transport revolution. Along with Henry Ford in America, Herbert Austin and William Morris were the leaders who put the working population behind the wheel and gave us all the freedom of mobility which we now take for granted.

This is the story of a British industry which in its heyday was a worldwide force, and its products could be found in all corners of the globe. Its heroes are the popular cars from a bygone era when, for half a century, British cars did literally ‘rule the road’. Many of these cars are now incredibly rare, and we have spent over two years searching for examples to display. For those wanting a real blast of the past we even have classics you can drive

You are going on a journey which starts in the early 1920s, when the working family could only dream of owning a car. The journey ends as we venture into the new millennium and most of Britain’s great car factories fall silent, overwhelmed by the same process of globalisation which swept away our once proud ship building and aviation industries.

We hope you enjoy the ride!

Interactive Tour

You are issued with a modern tablet device that guides you through the museum at your own pace enabling you to scan individual cars and hear the story of the Great British Car Journey

Cars with Stories

Many of the cars have a very unique place in history and have a story all of their own to tell. As the collection is packed with modern classics you will find yourself going on a very nostalgic tour.

Social History

The story of the cars is intertwined with the social history of the United Kingdom so the journey will fascinate you whether you are a petrol head or not

Chronological Order

Our story is told in chapters so as you join us on your journey you will be reminded of different chapters of your life - your family car, your first car or even the car you did your courting in

Featuring Cars from all the Leading British Manufacturers

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