Lakeland Motor Museum
The Lakeland Motor Museum packs over 100 years of motoring and local history. With over 30,000 exhibits to study, you’re sure of a wonderful day!
The Lakeland Motor Museum is home to a wide ranging collection of motor cars and automobilia. There’s something for everyone with everything from boneshaker bicycles, through to tin toys, bonnet mascots, motorbikes and dedicated displays.
The motor vehicles are carefully displayed in age order as you walk around the museum. Don’t walk too fast though. There are exhibits crammed into every nook and cranny. Don’t forget to look up to see signs and even a hot air balloon.
There has clearly been a lot of thought put into the layout of the museum. There are numerous specialist displays which range from recreated shop windows through to a complete 1930’s garage. A couple of displays focus on the history of the site on which the museum is built. Here, you discover the significance of the Museum’s blue colour scheme.
As you walk around the museum, there are numerous information boards which explain many of the exhibits. There are many unusual exhibits including petrol pumps, bubble cars and an Amphicar. Thoughtfully, next to the Amphicar is a screen showing an original advertisement for the car. Discover how the car becomes a boat. I can’t begin to think what fun it would have been to drive down the River Thames!
There’s also an interesting “cutaway” of a Vauxhall Corsa. This reveals the inside of just about every component and part of the vehicle. It’s nice to see some modern classics as well. There’s the obligatory DeLorean but also a Sierra, Roves SD1 and even a TVR Cerbera Speed 12 from 2000.
Part of the museum includes a second floor, which is absolutely worth climbing the stairs to visit. The wall to wall displays include cycles, tin pedal cars, cabinets brim full with automobilia and motorbikes. There’s a specialist display area dedicated to the Isle of Man TT races. There’s also a dedicated display for Vincent motorbikes. Vincent are regarded as the Rolls Royce of bikes. Powered cycles, mopeds and scooters lie shoulder to shoulder with a recreation of a 1950’s café.
Talking of cafes, the museum has its own restaurant. The restaurant serves full meals as well as snacks and refreshments.
There is more to the Lakeland Motor Museum than just the main building. Outside you’ll find a red telephone box and even an AA box. These are ideal for selfies. There are a couple of caravans which are usually open for you to peek in inside. The caravans are both original and quirky with period picnic sets and other items inside. The caravans could be described as “Vintage Delight” and are sure to provide memories for anyone who stayed in a caravan back in the 1900s’.
Just beyond the caravans is another exhibition hall. The whole of this exhibition is dedicated to the father & son, Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell. The Campbells were a couple of headstrong guys who broke and held the world records for land speed and water speed. The exhibition tells their stories. The exhibition also features full size replicas of the 1935 Bluebird car, 1939 Bluebird boat and the 1967 jet hydroplane, Bluebird K7.
The Lakeland Motor Museum is a short drive from the M6. This makes it ideal for a day trip. If you’re staying in the Lake District, why not combine a visit to this museum with a lake cruise? Windermere Lake Cruises offer combined tickets for a cruise and visit to the museum. The ticket also includes a free shuttle bus transfer to the museum from the Lakeside Quay.
The museum is located just off the A590. Easy to find thanks to the brown tourist signs. The nearest postcode is LA12 8TA