Lakeland Motor Museum

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Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow,
Newby Bridge
LA12 8TA

  • Main information line: 015395 30400

The Lakeland Motor Museum has a fascinating collection of over 30,000 cars, motorcycles, scooters, cycles and auto memorabilia and is housed in a restored mill and ultramarine pigment factory in the heart of The Lake District. Highlights of the museum include a Campbell Bluebird Exhibition with replicas of the record-breaking machines that saw the famous Campbell family break 21 world and land speed records. Other special displays include an Isle of Man TT tribute, a huge range of children’s pedal cars and cycles, a Vincent Motorcycle display plus hundreds of authentic automobilia. In addition to the fascinating exhibits from the world of motoring, the museum also features displays about the local Lakeland motoring heritage, period shopping displays, electric cars and cycles and the history of Old Blue Mill that now houses the collection.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open daily except Christmas Day. 9.30am to 4.30pm until 27 March 2015, then 5.30pm to 1 November.


Adult - £8 Child (5-15) - £5 Child (under 5) - FREE Family (2 adults & 3 children) - £23

Travel directions:

BY ROAD: The museum is conveniently located on the A590, between Newby Bridge and Haverthwaite, only 20 minutes drive from J36, M6 and Central Lakes (Bowness), via the A592. Sat Nav, LA12 8TA. Please follow white on brown tourism signs. FREE PARKING. BY BUS: Stagecoach operate the X6 Service that links Barrow, Ulverston, Grange and Kendal. The museum is a 5 minute walk fom the bus stop on the A590. BY BOAT AND SHUTTLE BUS: Get to the museum from Bowness or Ambleside via boat and shuttle bus. Combined tickets with Windermere Lake Cruises are available with a seasonal shuttle bus from Lakeside Pier.

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Facilities and services


  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Shop
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Dogs welcome
  • Public car park
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Cafeteria
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Toilets for disabled
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Bicycle park


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools

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