The Brooklands Museum is located south of Weybridge in Surrey.
Brooklands was the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit, which was built in 1907, and birthplace of British motorsport and aviation. Brooklands-based aircraft companies such as Bleriot, Hawker, Sopwith, Martinsyde, and Vickers were key players in the early years of aviation and were crucial to its early development.
Brooklands Museum Map
Brooklands was a major centre for aircraft design, construction and flight testing for most of the 20th century. From A V Roe's first trials here in 1907-08, through many decades of manufacture by such companies as BAC, Bleriot, British Aerospace, Hawker, Sopwith and Vickers, no other place in Britain, possibly even in the world, has seen such achievements. Some 18,600 new aircraft of nearly 250 types were first flown, manufactured or assembled at Brooklands.
Brooklands Museum was first opened regularly in 1991 on 30 acres of the original motor-racing circuit. It includes four Listed buildings: the 1907 Brooklands Automobile Racing Club Clubhouse and Members Hill Restaurant buildings, the 1911 Flight Ticket Office, and a 1940 Bellman aircraft hangar.
Wellington IA serial number N2980 is on display at Brooklands Museum. This aircraft was built at Brooklands and took part in the RAF's daylight bombing raids on Germany early in the Second World War but later lost power during a training flight on 31 December 1940 and ditched in Loch Ness. The aircraft was recovered from the bottom of Loch Ness in September 1985 and restored in the late 1980s and 1990s.
A major new visitor attraction, 'The Concorde Experience', opened in August 2006.
Some of the museum exhibits:- the flyable Bleriot XI and Sopwith Camel replica are maintained in 'live' condition and perform regular engine running demonstrations at museum events during the year.
Brooklands Museum Address & Travel
Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd
Telephone: 01932 857381 ext 221
The Museum is between Weybridge and Byfleet, just a few minutes from Junction 10 of the M25 and the A3 London-Portsmouth trunk road. The postcode for our visitor car park is KT13 0SL.
When leaving the M25 take the A3 towards London for approx. half a mile and leave by the Painshill junction, taking the A245 towards Byfleet. Follow the brown 'Brooklands Museum' signs until you reach the entrance to Mercedes-Benz World, marked by our Concorde Gate Guardian. The main visitor entrance of the Museum is reached via Brooklands Drive - follow the road round the back of the Mercedes-Benz World building until you reach the Museum car park.
From Weybridge follow the brown signs which will bring you along Brooklands Road, the B374, and Wellington Way to Mercedes-Benz World, marked by our Concorde Gate Guardian. The main visitor entrance of the Museum is reached via Brooklands Drive - follow the road round the back of the Mercedes-Benz World building until you reach the Museum car park.
From Woking on the A245 turn left into Sopwith Drive when you reach Brooklands, go straight across the first roundabout by Tescos and straight across the next roundabout, which is the entrance to Mercedes-Benz World and marked by our Concorde Gate Guardian. The main visitor entrance of the Museum is reached via Brooklands Drive - follow the road round the back of the Mercedes-Benz World building until you reach the Museum car park.
The nearest railway station is Weybridge (less than a mile away) which is on the Woking to Waterloo and Staines to Weybridge lines. Please see www.thetrainline.com for schedules.
The Arriva bus routes 436 and 437 serve Woking, Sheerwater, Byfleet, Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands Hotel and Weybridge Station. The Museum is a short walk from the Brooklands Hotel stop.
How much does it cost?
The admission fee can be found on the official website.
What are the Opening Hours?
The museum is open every day, apart from a few days over Christmas. Closed from the 24th-26th December 2016 inclusive.
Summer: 10am to 5pm and Winter: 10am to 4pm. Summer opening hours start from 1st March and end when the clocks change in October. For more information then visit the • Brooklands Museum official website. Accommodation:postcode - KT13 0SL