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Cotswold Motoring Museum In Bourton On The Water – A Complete Guide

Home of Brum, and plenty of motoring history from the 20th century, here’s all the info for visiting the Cotswold Motoring Museum Bourton On The Water.

How To Get To The Cotswold Motoring Museum

The Cotswold Motoring Museum is located just off Rissington Road, the main road running through Bourton On The Water.

The best option is to park at Rissington Road Pay & Display (located just next to Birdland) and explore from there.

Just a short walk from the main stretch of village, The Cotswold Motoring Museum can be found to the left of ‘De La Haye’s’ cafe & tea room. Easily accessible from anywhere in town.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

If you are based in London there are a few tours that will take you around the Cotswolds including From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Small-Group Tour. This trip visits Bourton on the Water.

Cotswold Motoring Museum Entrance Fee

Adults: £6.25

Children: £4.50 (4-16 years old)

Children Under 4: Free

Family: £19.75 (2 adults & 2 children)

Cotswold Motoring Museum Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm.

Last entrance 5.30pm.

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You can’t miss the entrance to The Cotswold Motoring Museum

Best Time To Visit The Cotswold Motoring Museum

The weather is generally warmer in England between the months of April to October. However be prepared for showers at any time! The warmest months are usually June, July and August.

The village of Bourton on the Water is a very popular tourist destination, with the Motoring Museum being a popular attraction.

So, if you want to avoid too many crowds, get there early and avoid weekends and school holidays.

The Motoring Museum is extra popular with children due to it being home to ‘Brum’, the cute little yellow car from children’s TV.

This is a great place to visit for families and people of any age.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Brum Cotswold Motoring Museum Bourton On The Water
BRUM!!

The Cotswold Motoring Museum History

First opened in 1978, the Cotswold Motoring Museum was founded by Mike Cavanagh. He amassed a large collection of cars over a 20 year period whilst living in South Africa.

Mike Cavanagh owned the museum until 1999 and when he died in 2021 a plaque dedicated to him was placed on the wall at the entrance to the museum.

Undoubtedly, the star of the show at the Cotswold Motoring Museum for many is the little yellow car called Brum who featured in a popular children’s TV series.

Brum is the story of a small, half-scale replica of a late-1920s Austin 7 Chummy convertible who ventures out into Big Town when his owner isn’t looking and gets up to all manner of adventures. 

Interestingly, Mike Cavanagh was the only human character to appear in every episode of the popular TV series Brum and played a character that was apparently oblivious to Brum’s adventures.

Each episode begins and ends with Brum leaving the other cars in the Motor Museum when the owner is not looking and heading out to explore, before eventually returning to his place.

The series was originally narrated by the famous singer Toyah Wilcox, who also provided the voice for Brum and all the characters. The show aired for three series between 1991 and 2002. 

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The childrens area is home to some of the cutest cars ever

What To Expect At The Cotswold Motoring Museum

For anyone growing up in the 90’s, like us, it’s an absolute must visit just to see Brum!

The little yellow car from the British children’s TV series is about the adventures of a self-driven motor. Although, of course there is much much more to see.

The Cotswold Motoring Museum, full title ‘The Motoring & Toys Museum’, is home to some great motor vehicles, an interesting collection of bicycles and even some horse-drawn vehicles.

However, some may argue that the large toy collection are the real gems.

Take a fascinating trip through time as you move through the rooms filled with retro cars and vehicles and explore the history of 20th century motoring.

There are cute little labels on some of the vehicles that tell you about the past owners memories and experiences, which really help bring the whole thing to life.

Take your time and stroll around taking photos before exiting through the shop, which is home to one of the largest toy car collections we’ve seen.

The one entrance price paid allows for free entry throughout the day and the staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable.

Overall, The Cotswold Motoring Museum is a credit to Bourton On The Water, the Cotswolds and the UK on the whole.

Also if you like this, you’ll definitely like The Model Village and Dragonfly Maze just down the road.

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Campervan goals at Cotswold Motoring Museum Bourton On The Water
Cotswold Motoring Museum Bourton On The Water
Some of the classic cars on display…
Cotswold Motoring Museum Bourton On The Water
…and classic scooters
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There’s plenty of other classic memorabilia as well!
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Quick selfie with Brum to finish!

Where To Stay In Bourton On The Water

Luxury

The Lansdowne Guest House

The Landsdowne Guest House is one of the most highly rated accommodations in the area. 

Each room has a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and light refreshments. 

Rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.

Free WiFi and private parking is available on site.

Mid-Budget

The Mousetrap Inn

Located perfectly on the high street, The Mousetrap Inn has a beautiful garden and terrace. 

The property has a bar and on site restaurant. 

All units come with a TV and free WiFi. 

Buffet breakfast is available each morning at the property.

Budget

Old Manse Hotel by Greene King Inns

With original features and traditional charm, Old Manse Hotel overlooks the River Windrush. 

The hotel has free parking, a riverside terrace and free Wi-Fi. The elegant rooms at The Old Manse each have a private bathroom. 

All rooms have tea and coffee facilities, a work desk and hairdryer. 

Some rooms even have wonderful period features and river views.

For more places to stay in Bourton On The Water, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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