Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, offers an unforgettable, whole day out, at the site of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit. The Museum covers 32 acres and offers indoor and outdoor experiences across twenty buildings.
The historic Motoring Village is full of period charm and houses over 100 vintage cars and motorcycles, some of them record-breaking, from the heyday of Brooklands racing. The Edwardian clubhouse includes period rooms and a café where you can eat, surrounded by Brooklands’ collection of period vehicles. On weekends and holidays, vehicles from the collection are generally demonstrated on the 114-year-old Finishing Straight, bringing the site to life with the sounds and smells of the fascinating collection. You can ‘drive’ around the Track yourself in the F1 simulator.
As well as being the cradle of British Motorsport, Brooklands was also the most prolific aircraft factory site in Europe in the twentieth century. Over 18,000 aircraft were built here, from the first days of flight, to Hurricanes and Wellingtons during the Second World War and airliners after the war, including large parts of Concorde. You can go aboard many of the aircraft, sit in the cockpit of the Harrier jump jet and try your hand at the skills needed to build aircraft in the award-winning Brooklands Aircraft Factory exhibition.
There is a large programme of motoring and vintage events throughout the year, most of which are included in the admission price: details are on the Museum website.
There are free problem-solving trails for families and extra activities in the school holidays.
Brooklands’ friendly volunteers are on hand to tell you more about the exhibits and help you make sure you get the most from your visit. Free parking is available and there is a dedicated cycle and walking route from Weybridge station.