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Bored? No autojumbles this weekend? You don't have to wait for an event to be arranged near you as many classic bike attractions are open all year round. Here's our favourite places to visit, whatever the weather

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Old bikes were made to be ridden -- so go ride! Here's what's happening across the UK in the coming months...


26th August 2013

Places to Go: National Technical Museum, Prague

Click for MoreIf we say 'Czech Republic', you'll probably reply 'Jawa and CZ two strokes', but the land of the Czechs and Slovaks has a fascinating history of between-the-wars motorcycle production. Martin Gelder unearthed some real classics in Prague... More...


19th April 2013

Places to Go: Stondon Motor Museum

Click for MoreRoy Workman visits a spiffy collection of classic vehicles in Bedfordshire and recalls when he witnessed one of the first Honda motorcycle racers to attack a British track... More...


14th August 2012

Places To Go: Bubblecar Museum

Click for MoreRoy Workman discovers a revitalised collection of microcars and classic scooters at Lincolnshire's Bubblecar Museum...
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26th October 2011

Places to Go: Norfolk Motorcycle Museum

Click for MoreWe've mentioned it before, but this treasure trove of old motorcycles in the east is always worth a visit. Dave Minton finds much to admire... More...


21st October 2011

Places to Go: Berlin DDR Motorrad Museum

Click for MoreWe're always entertained by interesting collections of old motorcycles. Dean Fountain found a particularly intriguing museum in Germany... More...


22nd 2011

Places to Go: The London Motorcycle Museum

Click for MoreThere are over 200 classic bikes on display, just five minutes away from the A40 in west London. Roy Workman returns to what used to be his local bike museum... More...


25th May 2011

Places to Go: Llangollen Motor Museum

Click for MoreRichard Jones discovers a treasure trove of old motorcycles and curious classics in North Wales...
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27th October 2010

Places to Go: Reims Motor Museum

Click for MoreJust one hour from Paris, Roy Workman discovered a marvellous museum packed with all manner of unusual Continental classic bikes... More...


3rd July 2009

Places to Go: Anglesey's Transport Museum

Click for MoreIf you have a few hours to while away in North Wales, Roy Workman recommends this friendly museum...
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6th May 2009

Places to Go: The National Motorcycle Museum

Click for MoreRoy Workman visits the UK's biggest collection of classic British bikes... More...


1st September 2008

Places to Go: The Exmoor Classic Car Collection

Click for MoreRoy Workman discovers an out of the way collection of old vehicles, which you also might like to visit...
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14th April 2008

Places to Go: Continental Touring

Click for MoreFancy riding your classic bike round Europe? It's easier than ever these days, but Martin Gelder has got some useful tips for the first-time-tourist. Tip one; stop reading, start packing... More...


6th March 2008

Places: North Yorkshire Motor Museum

Click for MoreIf you’re taking a ride from Scarborough to York or thereabouts then Roy Workman can recommend a family-run motor museum... More...


5th June 2007

Places: Montmirail Motorcycle Museum

Click for MoreRoy Workman continues his quest to track down classic bikes on the Continent. He's found another French motorcycle collection... More...


3rd January 2007

Places to Go: Coventry Transport Museum

Click for MoreCoventry has been home to more than 150 different motorcycle marques. Roy Workman went looking for Coventry's classic bikes in its revitalised transport museum... More...


27th October 2006

Places: Phoenix Classic Motorcycle Show, 2006

Click for MoreA meeting of classic motorcycle enthusiasts can be so much more than a simple show-n-shine. Dennis W Lid enjoys an afternoon of classic abstraction... More...


28th July 2006

News: French Motorcycle Museums

Click for MoreRoy and Chris Workman holidayed in France this summer, and visited two very different motorcycle museums while on their travels... More...


14th June 2006

Places: Museo Vehículos Históricos Vall de Guadalest

Click for MoreMartin Gelder lures his travelling companions into a Spanish motorcycle museum with the promise of barbecued garlic chicken... More...


23rd May 2006

Places: The A.R.E Collection on the Isle of Man

Click for MoreAre you planning on going to the Isle of Man for the TT or Manx Grand Prix? If so, the GeofS can recommend the Island's latest tourist attraction... More...


13th February 2006

Places: Cyprus Motorcycle Collection

Click for MoreRichard M travels 2000 miles to look at some old Triumphs. But fortunately not on the RealClassic expense account...
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19th December 2005

Places: Stonehurst Family Farm & Museum

Click for MoreRoy Workman went looking for a classic motorcycle collection at a family farm, and discovered a range veteran and vintage kit dating back to before the Great War... More...


28th April 2005

Places: The RealClassic Rally

Click for MoreAnnouncing! The first! The fabulous! The frightening! RealClassic Rally... More...


28th July 2005

Places: The National Bubble and Microcar Collection

Click for MoreIn search of an unusual day out, Roy and Chris Workman discover a two- and three-wheeler museum with a difference...
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4th July 2005

Places: Norfolk Motorcycle Museum

Click for MoreAt some museums you can only stare in awe. At the Nortfolk Motorcycle Museum, as Roy Workman discovered, you might go home with a bargain... More...


19th April 2005

Places: The Isle Of Man, Part 2

Click for MoreThere's more to do at the Road Racing Capital of The World than just the TT races. Your local guide is Geof Staples who spills the beans on what else you can get up to... More...


1st April 2005

Places: The Isle Of Man, Part 1

Click for MoreThinking of heading to the Road Racing Capital of The World, maybe for the TT races? RC Clubman Geof Staples is a native, and spills the beans on how to make the most of your trip... More...


2nd March 2005

Places: Classic Bike Collections - The Sammy Miller Museum

Click for MoreWhen we asked what else you'd like to see on RealClassic.co.uk, one of the top suggestions was a guide to motorcycles in museums. Here, then, is the first: Russ Gannicott's personal view of the Sammy Miller museum... More...


Destinations Listing (In no particular order)


The HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE at Gaydon has the world's largest collection of classic British cars, and a much smaller selection of old bikes too. Then there's the quad bikes and off-road Land Rover adventure course (which have nothing whatsoever to do with biking, but we love 'em). Open 10am to 5pm.

  • 01926 641188.
  • www.heritage.org.uk

    The LLANGOLLEN MOTOR MUSEUM combines classic bikes, cars and memorabilia with an excellent sense of humour and that family-run feel. They also have space for club rallies in their grounds. Closed November to Feb.

  • 01978 860324.

    The LONDON MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM opens 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, admission £3, at Greenford near the A40.

  • 0208 575 6644.

    WHITEWEBBS MUSEUM houses an excellent collection of historic vehicles (including a floor of two wheelers) in a fabulous renovated pumping house at Enfield, near J25 off M25. The museum is only open on Tuesday afternoons and the last Sunday of the month.

  • 0208 367 1898.

    The BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM features bikes and cars built in Wolverhampton (they're also on a mural at Wolverhampton Station, which is a better place to change trains than New Street, believe me. TP). Open 10am to 5pm, admission £8.25.

  • 0121 557 9643
  • www.bclm.co.uk

    The HAYNES MOTOR MUSEUM welcomes you to view the 50-or-so bikes which nestle within the huge Haynes collection. Closed only for Christmas, otherwise open 10am until 4pm at Sparkford, near Yeovil.

  • 01963 440804
  • www.haynesmotormuseum.co.uk

    Visit the ACE CAFÉ for tea and chips, open all week on the North Circular Road, London NW4.

  • 0208 202 8030
  • www.ace-cafe-london.com

    The MUSEUM OF BRITISH ROAD TRANSPORT includes plenty of Black Country stalwarts within Coventry's transport history. Speed freaks will love seeing Thrust SSC and Thrust2, too. Open 10am to 4.30pm.

  • 01203 832425
  • www.mbrt.co.uk

    The NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM at Beaulieu offers masses more than just motorbikes with vintage and classic vehicles from all around the world. Open all year but not Christmas Day from 10am to 5pm.

  • 01590 612345
  • www.beaulieu.co.uk

    The LAKELAND MOTOR MUSEUM at Cumbria's premier stately home, Holker Hall, has over 10,000 exhibits on display. Open April to October, six days each week (closed Saturday). Admission £6.50 for adults.

  • 01253 698333.

    The SAMMY MILLER MUSEUM now has two new galleries of Norton and competition machines, plus tea-rooms and craft shop. Open 10am to 4.30pm, admission £3.50, Bashley Manor, New Milton, Hants.

  • 01425 620777.

    It will take you a whole day to wander around the NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM next to the NEC in Brum. Closed just on Christmas Day, opens 10am to 6pm and has a great bookshop too.

  • 01675 443311.

    The motorcycle museum at STANFORD HALL is a living display with frequent changes of exhibits of racing and vintage bikes. Plenty else to see there, too, and a nice tea room. Near J19/20 off M1 by Lutterworth. Normally opens April to October.

  • 01788 860250.

    The BROOKLANDS MUSEUM TRUST at Weybridge reveals all about the birthplace of British motorsport, on two wheels and four. Open Tuesday to Sunday, admission £7.

  • 01932 857381
  • www.brooklandsmuseum.com

    The Miner's Arms, Greenhow: This bike-friendly pub is at the centre of what used to be a huge mining village. They attract all sorts of customers, including new and old motorbikes, classic cars, and rallies. Excellent riding country!

  • 01423 711227
  • www.minersarms-greenhow.co.uk
  • Email minersarms@greenhow.fsbusiness.co.uk



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