Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

The Lakeland Motor Museum is a great local attraction with something for all the family.

Besides being in a beautiful location, this modern state-of-the-art museum is a must for all motoring enthusiasts.

Nestled in the scenic Leven Valley the museum is open to visitors seven days a week

Initially, the museum opened its doors at its original site at Holker Hall in 1978.

As a consequence, it has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors.

The current museum is a collection of some 30,000 exhibits collected over a period of 50 years.

The collection is home to more than 150 cars and motorbikes, plus bicycles, pedal cars and other motoring related items.

DMC DeLorean:

A recent special addition to the museum is the iconic DMC DeLorean.

The instantly recognisable car with gull wing doors rolled off the production line over 40 years ago.

Lakeland Motor Museum

Additionally, with its brushed stainless steel body and starring role in the Back to the Future movies this car is set to delight fans for years to come.


Similarly, the Amphicar on display is one of the most unconventional cars ever.

The vehicle was created by German engineer Hams Trippel who marketed as the “sports car that swims”.

Built in 1966, the Amphicar has a top speed of almost 70mph on land.

The four-seater convertible is easily converted into a seaworthy boat with the flick of a lever.

In addition, it was then able to reach 10 knots on water, aided by twin propellers and using the steering wheel as a rudder.

All things considered, it is hard to believe that the Amphicar is 55 years old and was clearly a car ahead of its time.

It is fair to say, that the collection will unlock nostalgic memories for everyone.

1936 Bentley:

Donald Campbell,  the world land and water recorder holder, was once the owner of this 1936 Bentley, hence the colour – Bluebird Blue.

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Donald and Malcolm Campbell:

Donald Campbell is known as the only individual to hold both land and water speed records.

Furthermore, a separate dedicated exhibition stands as a tribute to father and son, Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell.

The pair between them captured twenty-one world land and water speed records in the Bluebird series of cars and boats.

Donald Campbell  tragically died on Coniston Water in January 1967, whilst attempting to break his own water speed record.

Sir Malcom Campbell died at home on New Year’s Eve 1948.

Last but not least, further highlights include full-size replicas of the Bluebird car built in 1935, the Bluebird K4 boat, and the famous 1967 jet hydroplane, Bluebird K7.

What is more, Café Ambio, is on the same site, overlooks the River Leven and is an ideal spot for something to eat or drink.


Spare a thought for a gentleman by the name of Neil Wood. He is responsible for keeping all the classic vehicles buffed and polished in the museum.

Neil spends two days per week cleaning, waxing and polishing the many classic vehicles on display.

What a shining example of a man who enjoys his work in the museum.

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