Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Banbury Road , Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ

Contact: 01926 927827



The British Motor Museum is a great location for learning for primary students. Our amazing collection tells the story of the people, products and places linked to Britain’s motor industry and can help support studies across many areas of the National Curriculum.

The Museum is situated in Gaydon, Warwickshire, just off junction 12 of the M40 and is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars spanning the modern, classic, vintage and veteran eras. The building itself  is a spectacular piece of architecture with an art deco design, and stands in 60 acres on the edge of the Warwickshire countryside.

The Museum offers an exciting range of programmes that support the National Curriculum. There are dedicated Learning Spaces and an Education Team delivering a range of Museum-led and self-led sessions for primary school groups of all abilities.

The amazing car collection includes some of the earliest British cars, sports and racing cars and some of the most modern Land Rover designs. There are cars from films, such as FAB1 from Thunderbirds or Lara Croft’s Defender from the Tomb Raider movie.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The Museum is an eclectic mix of British motoring heritage with cars of all ages and types which appeal to a wide age group. As well as the cars there is a lot more to do with interactive elements and interesting hands-on activities.

Our education sessions are a great mix of formal and informal learning. Our school visitors love the amazing building, varied learning programmes and friendly and knowledgeable staff.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

The British Motor Museum is a great way for Primary school children to learn about the development of cars and other forms of transport, and discover more about the people and products of the motor industry in the West Midlands. Choose from our interactive Museum walks and hands on workshops to build your visit.

Interactive Museum Walks

Interactive Museum Walks combine a Museum tour with facilitated activities based around our Collections led by members of the Education Team.

Colour, Shapes & Patterns EYFS - Pupils will develop shape recognition and maths skills while meeting different historical motoring figures and taking part in costumed role play.

On the Buses EYFS & KS1 - Pupils will learn about the importance of early public transport, meet our bus conductor and climb aboard our 1920’s London Bus. Includes object handling and costumed role play.

Journeys through Time KS1 - Experience what it was like to drive on Victorian roads, through exciting costumed role-play and a tour along the Museum’s ‘Time Road’.

Motoring Mavericks KS1 & KS2 - Meet some of the historical figures who built and drove the first cars, such as Herbert Austin and Bertha Benz. Explore their cars and uncover the challenges of early motoring.

History of Transport KS2 - Learn about the local history of the motor car, and the daily life of factory workers through a guided tour and object handling session.

Wheels of War KS2 - Discover what it was like to work in car factories during the Second World War, and learn about life on the Home Front for workers and their families. This interactive session includes the chance to handle real Second World War objects.

Hands on Workshops

Themed workshops led by members of our Education Team that encourage pupils to take part in active learning in the Museum.

Materials & Movement EYFS & KS1 - Discover the materials that are used to make cars. Pupils will learn about different materials and movement through object handling, role play and a car building challenge.

Toys through Time EYFS & KS1 - Uncover the history of moving toys and their development over the decades. Includes Museum tour, handling session and creation of your own toy truck.

Fashion vs Function KS1 & KS - Explore how cars are designed for different purposes and become a car designer for the day. Create a ‘personalised’ cut out Land Rover using our special worksheets.

Robotics and Coding KS1 & KS2 - Use our robots to test your coding skills in this fun workshop using LEGO® Education WeDo or LEGO® Education Mindstorms EV3.

Discovering Forces KS2 - Explore the different forces that act on vehicles and how they affect movement. In teams, pupils will take part in our car design and building challenge using LEGO® bricks.

Discovering Gears KS2 - In teams, pupils will construct and test a car, conducting a scientific investigation into the effect of different gear ratios on the speed of a vehicle.

Curriculum Weeks

Join us during one of our special themed Curriculum Weeks where your pupils will enjoy a fun packed day of subject based active learning. Length of session: 4hrs

Performing Arts Week KS1 & KS2 - 6 – 10 June 2016

Design, Technology & Engineering Week KS1 & KS2 - 4 – 8 July 2016

WW1 History Week KS1 & KS2 - 26 - 30 September 2016

Coding Week KS1 & KS2 - 7 - 11 November 2016

If you wish to discuss any of the sessions please get in touch and a member of our Education Team will be happy to answer any questions.

Create your day at the Museum

Simply book one of our fun workshops or join us for a self-led visit and choose from our range of add on activities to create a learning experience at the Museum that fits with your current topic at school. Please contact the Education Team for further details.

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What size groups do they cater for?

Our sessions can take up to 30 pupils with a minimum of 20 pupils.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Downloadable trails and quizzes are available.

Teacher information packs can be provided - checklist, risk assessments, map of Museum and Travel Support Scheme application form included.

Pre-visits are offered free of charge to teachers - please contact the Education Team before you visit.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Children are welcome to take photos, video and audio for their own purposes.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Downloadable risk assessments are available.

Please contact the Education Team for further details.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Jan Farley – Education Assistant - 01926 927827

Caroline Reid – Education Officer – 01926 927821

To make a booking please contact the Education Team on 01926 927827 or visit the website:

What does it cost?

Primary School Programmes:

Interactive Museum Walks: £7 per pupil

Hands on Workshops: £7 per pupil

Self-led Sessions: £5 per pupil

Curriculum Week Sessions: £12.50 per pupil

Outreach Sessions: £300 (2 sessions) £500 (4 sessions)

The recommended ratio of adults to children 1:6 Adults up to this ratio are free of charge, additional adults are charged at £7 each.

Do you have first aid on site?

First aid on site.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

All Museum visits include free parking, a welcome on arrival, secure storage for coats & bags and a space for eating packed lunches (indoor & outdoor) – or a café for those who prefer to purchase lunch.

Learning Space 1 can be used for packed lunches (must be pre-booked) and there is also an outdoor picnic area.

Café – children’s lunch box or children’s hot meal - £4.50

Gift Shop – pocket money items are available

Are there disabled facilities?

The Museum aims to cater for the needs of all its visitors and is fully accessible. There are lifts to all floors, induction loops, and we can provide a multi-sensory hands-on experience for visually impaired and learning disabled students.

What are your opening days and hours?

10am – 5pm 7 days a week.

Closed 24 December 2016 – 2 December 2017 inclusive.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

Henley in Arden School (KS1) – Fantastic resource on our doorstep!

Northern House School (KS2) – This has been a fantastic experience for the children. The staff were fantastic with the children and really patient, thank you!

Boughton Leigh Junior School (KS2) – Very interactive and informative session.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

The British Motor Museum offers a Travel Support Fund aimed at assisting schools with the cost of coach transport to the Museum. Please enquire for further information.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Environment Centres Historical Heritage Museums Science & Technology Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Design and Technology English Engineering History Mathematics PSHE Science STEM

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December