Here in England, we’re currently in the middle of summer. This got the bike trader WeBuyAnyBike team thinking about our favourite museums to ride out to. So, if you would like to learn about where the UK’s leading motorbike trader like to visit… just keep reading!
We’re starting off the list locally. Situated here in Yorkshire; the city of York to be specific, is the Craven Collection of Classic Bikes! This museum is completely man-made with a collection of motorcycles, congregated by bike enthusiast, Dick Craven. He first opened the museum to the public back in 1994, converting an old farm building to the fantastic display that he has to offer today. With over 250 bikes on display, we would certainly recommend going to have a look at this authentic timeline of history.
Museums Admission Fees:
£5.00 – Under 14’s FREE!
Please see website for opening days.
Brockfield Villa, Stockton on Forest, York, YO32 9UE
Based in Beaulieu, Hampshire, the National Motor Museum is an iconic place with lots of activities. Not only does the little village of Beaulieu host this incredible museum filled with lots of ancient motoring artefacts and vehicles. It also contains many other family-filled things to do, such as visiting the Palace House, and the Beaulieu Abbey. The entire premise is a national park with an age of over 800 years! The National Motor Museum hosts a huge collection of automobiles; around 100 bikes are a part of this display and some of them are nearly 120 years old!
Under 5: FREE
10:00am – 18:00pm (alternate hours for Winter)
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
*Please call this museum prior to visiting to confirm access.
Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, on Maps, this Museum is listed as a ‘Riverside Road Transport Collection’, which we think is a lovely category! Inside you will find a collection of 140 classic and historic vehicles; a collection that has taken a team of over 50 years to build. Altogether, the museum has 30,000 exhibits.
Museums Admission Fees:
Children (5-15yrs): £5.40
Lakeland Motor Museum Limited, Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12, 8TA
This quaint little museum is filled with antique bikes! Situated in the heart of Battlesbridge itself, the Battlesbridge Motorcycle Museum is home to a sea of historic bikes; it is a real treasure for bikers from all walks of life. The museum is actually based in the centre of Battlesbridge antique centre… Not only do they present vintage motorcycles but they also have a huge variety of ancient items to display. This is definitely worth a visit with a lover of all things history!
Sunday: 10:00am – 16:00pm
The Old Granary, Hawk Hill, Battlesbridge, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7RE
This museum is evidently dedicated specifically for Honda’s! So, if you are a lover of all things Honda, this museum is definitely for you. The collection for the museum began in 1986, when motorcycle parts dealer, David Silver began slowly collecting Honda bikes alongside his additional business, David Silver Spares, which is still ongoing to this day. The museum hosts various Honda models from throughout the brand’s entire lifetime. They even have the very first model; the 1947 A-Type!
Under 16: FREE
Seniors (Over 65): £5.00
Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 17:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 16:00pm
Please see website for further details regarding last admissions & national holidays.
Please note that this museum remains closed due to the pandemic. Please see their website for further updates.
Unit 14, Masterlord Industrial Estate, Station Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP14 4JD
The history of this museum is quite inspiring. The business opened back in 1984 when British patriot, lover of motorcycles and businessman, Roy Richards decided that instead of proceeding with general retirement, instead, he would put his passion into the rest of his life. With this, he combined all of his passions and dedicated a museum to all British motorcycles. Rumour has it, that his favourite was Norton! Collectively, over the years the museum has somehow managed to display over 1000 motorcycles in their showroom. That’s pretty impressive, isn’t it?! With over 170 British Brands! This museum is certainly not to be missed.
7 Days a week: 8:30am -5:30pm
Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ
Although this museum typically stores cars, it also has a huge selection of motorcycles and various memorabilia. The bike section of this space ranges from the history of British Scooters, as well as British & World Motorcycles. Not only this, but it also narrates the history, displaying some artefacts from the Forshaw Speedway Collection. A classic museum ideal for any petrol head!
Under 4: FREE
7 Days a Week: 9:30 am – 17:30 pm
*Winter hours differ – see website
Please note – this museum is currently closed due to the pandemic. They are looking to reopen on 24/10/2020. Please stay tuned on their website for updates!
Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7LH
This iconic museum hosts many vehicles, including a selection of authentic motorbikes and scooters. Established in 1978 by Mike Cavanagh who was a private collector. He slowly grew the collection until 1999 when CSMA club (now Boundless) took over and continued to contribute to the compilation. Each exhibit tells a story, such as 1934 Levis 346cc, which was the motorcycle of Harold Breach. Breach used this bike professionally during his time as a Motorcycle Footballer; and there is a section all about that, too!
7 Days a Week: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Burton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY
This is one of our particular favourites, and if you haven’t visited this place already… You don’t know what you’re missing! This isn’t the first time bike trader, We Buy Any Bike have mentioned this museum. We also featured it in our Bikers Guide to Portsmouth, as well as our other guides to Southampton, and Hampshire.
As the name states, the museum was founded by Multi-Champion Motorcyclist Sammy Miller. The collection materialised from the Parts business, set up by Sammy in 1964. Sammy would slowly set aside motorcycles; which then progressed into a collection. It wasn’t long after this that he realised he had a little bit of a museum going on! Sammy himself often visits the site to this day, he enjoys demonstrating all the new and various exhibitions that the museum has to offer.
7 – 16: £5.50
0 – 5: FREE
7 Days a Week: 10:00am – 14:00pm (last admission)
*Winter times may differ
Bashley, Cross Roads, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5SZ
This very intriguing place holds home to various commercial vehicles, including motorcycles of course! These ancient automobiles are very interesting and they hold a lot of history to them. Not only does this Lancashire museum present actual vehicles, but you can also see the very models in action in the form of photographs!
Admission Fees & Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 4:30pm
Children (4-15): £4
Under 4: FREE
King Street, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 2LE
Of course, as mentioned previously, these are just a few of our favourites. In England, we are lucky to be blessed with a lot of incredible motorcycle museums!
If you know of any additional museums that you feel should hold a place on this list, feel free to leave us a comment for any future readers!
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This page was last updated 01/10/2020