We had a fabulous first visit to Haynes Motor Museum last week.
To begin with, as you’d expect from a motor museum there is ample free parking and it is signposted on main roads.
Of course what makes this such a great place to visit is the fantastic range of cars. And yet there is so much more to this museum than this. It doesn’t feel overly commercial; instead it is very clearly committed to preserving the cars in a visitor friendly environment.
They have a fantastic pricing policy: with free return throughout the next 12 months if you gift aid your ticket purchase at no extra cost. Discounts are offered for family tickets. We later found local hotels and service stations display leaflets with vouchers to reduce the admission price.
It is good for children in so many ways. Of course what kids want in a museum is for it to be interactive. Haynes is interactive in so many ways: a fantastic large outdoor play area, a small motor vehicle related arcade and free toys to play with, numerous brass rubbings, various buttons to press, a design a car competition running for the school holiday and a top trumps challenge to win a badge. My only suggestion is that it would be nice if kids, and indeed adults, could get into a couple of cars. I appreciate the cars they have are valuable and they don’t want them to get damaged; but if they acquire 1 or 2 low value cars that perhaps are less than mint condition it would be a nice touch to let kids get in them prior to restoration.
A great gift shop, not overpriced, with everything from serious models to circa £1 gifts for kids. This works well for the museum and customers alike. We bought lots because items were at fair prices. Other museum gift shops that charge high prices scare off price conscious customers.
It has a nice little café, again not a big corporate catering venture. Just right for families wanting some straightforward and tasty refreshments. I hope when the museum is redeveloped that they keep the café simple with reasonable prices.
Finally a mention for the staff. Everyone there was friendly and helpful.
Even though we are far from local, I anticipate that we will be back there again within the next 12 months. We really look forward to our next visit.
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