National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire
Housing a collection of over 250 automobiles and motorcycles telling the story of motoring on the roads of Britain from the dawn of motoring to the present day, the National Motor Museum appeals to all age groups. From World Land Speed Record Breakers including Campbell’s famous Bluebird to film and TV favourites including the ‘Flying’ Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets they are all here alongside R04, one of the earliest 80in Land Rovers from 1948.
Also at the museum with a Land Rover connection is Feats of Endurance, an exhibition that's been running through 2011 showcasing vehicles that have stretched the boundaries of motoring endurance in both extreme conditions and challenging terrains. Among the vehicles on display is the Land Rover One Ten driven by the brothers Ives who were the winners of the 1989 Camel Trophy
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Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire
The Heritage Motor Centre motor museum in Gaydon is home to a magnificent collection of British Cars. The motor car is over one hundred years old and is one of the world's most influential inventions. The Heritage Motor Centre motor museum in Gaydon tells its story, from some of the very first cars to take to British roads right up to the latest designs including numerous Land Rovers.
For half term there's a special Planes, Trains and Automobiles week. Visit the museum and take part in special half term activities; enjoy the Ladybird Big Book of Motor Cars Exhibition with its nostalgic collection of illustrations from the books, set among many of the vehicles featured in them. All week there is a family Planes, Trains and Automobiles quiz and for more action, get behind the wheel on the children’s electric go-karts or ride as a passenger on the thrills and spills of the Land Rover Experience 4×4 all-terrain course (additional charges apply) otherwise normal museum admission prices apply.
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Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, Cumbria
The fascinating Lakeland Motor Museum nestles in the picturesque Leven valley, at Backbarrow, close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere.
It contains a diverse collection of some 30,000 exhibits, carefully assembled over a period of almost 50 years, that has recently been painstakingly displayed in a new way alongside many non-motoring additions, in state-of-the-art premises in a beautiful riverside setting. It provides a perfect, whatever the weather, all year venue certain to entertain and enthrall all ages.
Among the museum's exhibits is a building containing an exhibition devoted to record breaker Donald Campbell which contains the Series One Land Rover he used to own. Other interesting all-terrain vehicles on display include a Willys Jeep, a rare Africar and an amphibious Amphicar.
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