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“great day out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Motorcycle Museum

National Motorcycle Museum
Coventry Road | Bickenhill, Solihull, Birmingham B92 0EJ, England
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Ranked #13 of 161 Attractions in Birmingham
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The National Motorcycle Museums award winning facilities provides a truly unique venue for your conference, seminar, banquet or function. Breathtaking displays of literally hundreds of fully restored British motorcycles are on hand to provide an extra attraction to your delegates. We aim to offer more than a unique venue, however. We know that the success of any function is dependent upon the backing and support of an experienced and caring staff. 13 luxuriously appointed and newly renovated suites, ranging from just 5 to up to 1000 delegates offer the flexibility to suite most requirements. The National Motorcycle Museum is at the hub of the country’s motorway system and rail network, with Birmingham International railway station just five-minutes taxi ride away. Access from everywhere within the UK is direct and overseas visitors praise the excellent international services provided at Birmingham Airport, which is less than two miles in distance away. The National Exhibition Centre is also near the Museum complex and we offer vast car parking facilities.Many of our clients are ‘blue-chip’ companies from home and overseas. They come back to us time after time – we know you will too, and look forward to seeing you to discuss your requirements in the near future.
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“great day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

its a brill day out if u am a petrol head for motor bikes it takes ya dads back to when they were younger i couldnt drag my husband away from there as he was like a little child looking a round the old bikes

Visited February 2012
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Warwick, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Fascinating but Disappointing too”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Recently went with a group for first time; many, many bikes to see in lovely condition, though no apparent order or grouping. But having never ridden (my 70yr old female friend had), I wanted to SIT on an old one, perhaps? Nothing at all for the sense of touch (no good for partially sighted...) or smell. Or hearing for that matter. This could be top-notch if management widened their vision. I don't want children climbing over treasures, just a 'see-what-it-feels-like' experience, for adults at least! After the 4th room, it became boring..... Shame. Oh, and no lift to the cafe....

Visited December 2012
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Curate's Egg”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

I visit the NMM a number of times a year to attend a function but this was my first time visiting the museum.  You can't fault the building or its facilities; clean, warm and well run.  The staff were friendly, helpful if not a little deaf, more of that later.  The museum itself was room after room after room of row after row after row of highly polished, highly restored (over restored?) British motorbikes in regimented lines so tightly packed together I doubt if space could be found to fit another one in.  And basically that's it.  No audio / video, no film archive to see or hear these machines in action, no pre-restoration models, no sight of the restoration process, no mention of British motorcyclists; Barry Sheene, Joey Dunlop, Bill Ivy, Phil Read, Sammy Millar, nothing, just row upon row upon row of highly polished, highly restored motorcycles.  For much of the visit we were the only couple in the museum save for the man polishing polished petrol tanks and mudguards. He might have enjoyed his portable CD playing churning out Muzak at full volume, we certainly didn't.  If he has to polish a polished mudguard and listen to Muzak please buy him an MP3 player.  How much better if there was an archive video of, say, a Manx Norton doing what it does best at full chat for instance.  How much better to also have seen a bike in bits, the restoration process, how a wheel is trued, a magneto working etc etc rather than just row upon row upon row...

There was a few square meters dedicated to the disastrous fire, this would have warranted half a hall to itself.  There are two floor to ceiling silver cabinets, I couldn't, and I doubt if many could, read any of the inscriptions and was that Barry's crash helmet? No note to tell me I was right or wrong.

A sign says there are 250+ bikes awaiting restoration, let us see a few.

Full full marks to the driving force behind the museum and particularly it's rebuild but please revisit your presentation policy.  The sight sense is well catered for with row upon...  but sound, touch and smell (oh for a wiff of R40) are completely ignored.

Don't take your kids, there is nothing at all for them to do other than look at row upon row upon...

This should really be a 5-star experience and with some work it could be. I felt my visit only warranted 3-stars but given my respect and admiration for the people behind this National treasure I'll give it 4-stars.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Not for children of any age - nothing to watch, touch or press....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

...disappointed that there was nothing 'interactive' at all to keep little ones engaged or fuel their interest, as I visited with a view to bringing my 5 year old. Have read that there was a quiz paper given to children in the Summer months. I was not expecting it to be wholly child orientated, but felt it was not family friendly, with no film footage of racing / manufacture, no opportunity to sit on just one of the hundreds and hundreds of bikes. The staff were very friendly and professional, but the facilities do not cater for families or children of any age - what a shame - am sure it would attract more people if it did. I will not be recommending it.

Suitable for adult bike enthusiasts with rows and rows of well restored, but crammed in motorcycles and an A4 sheet about each bikes history and specifications - but sadly - that really is all.....

Visited November 2012
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Abberley, England, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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“school trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

great. go-karts, landrover trip, police car trip. great fun had by all.food really good to. museum excellent for children and adults.

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