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Cotswold Motoring Museum

The Cotswold Motoring Museum is located in the picturesque village of Bourton on the Water, a leisurely 25-minute drive away from Chipping Campden.  It is one of the best automobile museums in the country, similar to the British Motor Museum and is an enchanting experience.

Cruise through time on a fascinating journey as you take a trip down memory lane to explore the history of 20th-century motoring memorabilia and those infamous enamel signs. If you’re curious about classic vehicles and memorabilia, their assortment of hard-to-find vehicles and collectables will transport you back to the road of yesteryear.

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Classic Car Collection

With over 40 vehicles, their automotive museum’s intriguing collection is unrivalled. The oldest automobile on exhibit dates back to the early part of the 20th century; the newest addition is a Hillman Imp, which dates from 1974. From sleek Jaguars to quirky Austins and sporty open-top MGs, their vehicles will take you back to a time when driving was not just a necessity, but a hobby.

Motorcycles and Scooters

In their collection of automobiles, they also have motorcycles and scooters. One of the motorcycles that are interesting in our collection is a vintage Levis’, which was used for motorcycle football, a popular sport countless decades ago and drew crowds of more than ten thousand spectators. Our vintage Levis belonged to Harold Breach a well-known player for Gloucester.

Yet another bicycle to take a look at is the Brough Superior. Regarded as a high-powered bicycle because of its very high speeds, it was nicknamed the widow maker due to lots of people who were lost while riding one, most notably Lawrence of Arabia, who lost his life while on his Brough Superior.


The motor museum is also home to some lovely old quaint caravans from long ago.  A treat for any caravan enthusiast, especially those who have a keen eye for vintage caravans.

Toy Collection

The collection of transport-related toys and games they have on display is an accurate representation of our enthusiasm for exploration over the years. Incorporating classics from both eras, their assortment of pedal cars, bicycles, and aeroplanes is full of nostalgic joy that will last a lifetime!

A few of their toys were produced at home, while others were made exclusively by the toy industry based on real cars. You’ll find the Austin pedal car and baby rocking horse mentioned most by people who go back to their childhood homes. A collection of motoring curiosity, the museum has a large volume of products including product explanations and toys such as:

  • Scalextric sets
  • Scale car models and metal vehicles
  • Penny tin toys
  • Sledges
  • Skates
  • Old radio sets
  • Skittle sets

and more…

Although a large portion of the museum is grouped together, they have many assorted toys scattered throughout the other sections. You will enjoy looking through their collection, a fun digression for adults and kids alike.

Classic Memorabilia

In addition to museums featuring old-style roads, toys, and automobiles, the yearly motoring museum hosts new exhibitions as well.  So keep your eyes on their website for upcoming events for all the family.

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About the Cotswold Motoring Museum

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection is the place to go near the Cotswolds. It offers fun for the entire family. Situated in the quaint and picturesque city of Bourton-on-the-Water, you’ll find seven galleries filled with vintage-car collections, a fascinating toy collection, a History of Motoring exhibition and cartoons for children.

They were voted Bourton-on-the-Water’s number one tourist attraction in Classic Car Weekly’s 2011 Museum of the Year and the 2011 Day Out With The Kids Activity Award recipient, and they are one of the best of the Cotswolds’ day trip destinations.  It is frequently the most popular visitor attraction of the year in the local area.

Early history collections, muscle cars, and vintage and antique cars are highlights of a visit to the Historical Center for everyone from rigorous researchers to curious passersby.

One of the museum’s most thrilling attractions is Brum (a crowd pleaser for both children and adults alike), who is a TV star whose most popular series were filmed in this museum.

With a large showroom packed full of exciting items covering nearly seven thousand feet of the indoor museum, the Motoring Museum is one of the area’s most enjoyable areas to spend an entire day amid family, with bouncy women during the summertime, too.

Visit their website for more information and prices, buy tickets in advance, a lovely family ticket discount and embark on a lovely family day and journey through time at this amazing museum.

They are a disabled-friendly venue with access also for mobility scooter users which means anyone can have an amazing time.

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