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Museum of Speed

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great to see dear old Babs - but...!

It was lovely to see 'Babs' which had been a world land speed record breaking car - and to see her... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Wish it was bigger

We visited while in the area after years of wanting to. Pending with its history of speed and the... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2018
Exeter, United Kingdom
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The Museum of Speed overlooks Pendine Sands, famous in the 1920s as people attempted to break the world land speed record. The main summer exhibit is Parry-Thomas’s ‘Babs’, the car which took that record in 1926. The next year, Babs was buried in...more
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Pendine Beach, Pendine SA33 4NY, Wales
+44 1994 453488
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All reviews on display pendine sands parry thomas worth a visit free entry short video the main attraction interesting exhibits open days vintage motorcycles malcolm campbell admission price small charge petrol head great history motor sports motoring history
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't know the place existed - lovely sands, speed racing on the beach on Saturdays (when tide's out) and good chippy local to the site

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Unfortunately, the whole museum is to close and it's being pulled down to build flats, Babs has gone to Beaulieu.

Thank kerbut
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

Disappointingly, Pendine is so seasonal that most of the cafes and the museum closed from September. A real shame this wasn’t mentioned on Trip Advisor or any leaflets I’d seen. Had a great walk along the beach tho.

1  Thank Nonitoo
Reviewed September 29, 2018

It was lovely to see 'Babs' which had been a world land speed record breaking car - and to see her at the place where the record was set. The 6 minute video we watched on arrival set the scene well and was very informative....More

Thank Johnthebish
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

We visited while in the area after years of wanting to. Pending with its history of speed and the beautiful Babs was all I hoped for, I know they are trying to improve but I would only visit if in the area

2  Thank simons303
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Nice small museum with a good location over looking the beach, BABS is the main attraction also there are some interesting vintage motorcycles museum is small but good to suport British motoring heritage.

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed September 2, 2018

I visited Pendine by bus and had 2.5 hours to explore it before the return service. There was a gale blowing and most of the beach had been closed by the MoD for its own clandestine purposes. I was therefore more than ready to duck...More

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Great if you are interested in the history of record breaking at Pendine sands and there was also a little wartime local history.

Thank martinwest840
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

We were unsure whether to visit as the museum seemed so small. However we were not disappointed. We stayed for about 45 minutes and really enjoyed the visit. The display boards and videos were really interesting and it was amazing to see Babs. I would...More

4  Thank Carol W
Gavin E, Curator at Museum of Speed, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Hello Carol. Thank you for your kind words - we're very glad that you crossed the threshold! We're all excited looking forward to the new development. Hopefully we will see you again when all's complete in a couple of years' time.

Reviewed July 25, 2018

should be able to get closer to babs to actually see inside went there years ago seen the wooden floorboards & dials gives a feel of what it was like to drive now your so far away from babs might as well google itMore

1  Thank traveller631
Gavin E, Curator at Museum of Speed, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Hello traveller631. Thank you for your observation. It is a difficult one for a museum like us to address when we have to ensure that Babs is well-looked after when in our care. However, I totally understand your frustration. It's an idea we can discuss...More

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Julie D
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Response from SimeyWimey | Reviewed this property |
I think only fast dogs like greyhounds were allowed.
February 11, 2018|
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Response from steph m | Reviewed this property |
All I can say is it was still open at the end of September 2017 when we were there. Only plan an half hour visit there isn't to much to see but what they do have my husband was interested to see.