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A must if you are into automotive speed records. Very small museum, due to close at the end of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lesley S
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
Compact and succinct

Lovely little museum getting slightly dated (you may have to explain to younger visitors who the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sassilia
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Perth UK
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Gavin E, Curator at Museum of Speed, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank traveller631
Gavin E, Curator at Museum of Speed, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must if you are into automotive speed records. Very small museum, due to close at the end of the summer and then a new museum complex will be built.

Thank Lesley S
Gavin E, Curator at Museum of Speed, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Lesley S. And we're all very excited about that!!! Looking forward to 2020 and a promising future.Thank you for your visit and the mention though and hoping that you are into speed records.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely little museum getting slightly dated (you may have to explain to younger visitors who the Nigel Mansell cited as a current reference was) but gives a lovely account of the land speed records won here.

Thank sassilia
Gavin E, Curator at Museum of Speed, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

A great point sassilia! It seems like only yesterday. We are closing at the end of September and I'm sure the new place, scheduled for 2020, will address such concerns. Thank you for review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small compact museum. BABS on show. Short film explaining the history of BABS ( the car) buried for 42 years and then restored. I cannot imagine travelling 174 mph along the 7 mile of sands! This museum will close soon, but rebuilt in 2020 with...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

A must do if you're in Pendine. Incredible history of speed and what was achieved by some of the most pioneering individuals.

Thank Fiona F
Reviewed July 7, 2018

Wonderful insight into speed on the sands - need to understand that there are not a lot of exhibits but it's free. Perhaps they should take pictures of those driving on open days and exhibit them to enable people to put it all into context

Thank Rana S
Reviewed June 20, 2018

A small but fascinating museum with lots of history of both local people and the speed attempts on the sands. We were lucky enough to see Babs and marvel how anyone could drive her at over 170mph. There is a short but informative video presentation...More

Thank drm1958
Gavin E, Museum Curator at Museum of Speed, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Thank you for your review. Glad you got to see Babs which should be there to the end of September. You may be aware that the museum is closing its doors at the end of that month, but a new, larger museum is being planned...More

Reviewed June 6, 2018

This was free entry, but there wasn't a lot there! There was a short, but fairly interesting video, a couple of motorbikes and information boards . Babs wasn't there, so it was only worth a short visit as apart from the beach there wasn't much...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2018

This is a small museum which is free most of the time, detailing the role of the local beach in attempts on speed records. It is very professionally staged with high quality displays making up for the sparse number of exhibits. Well worth a look...More

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Response from SimeyWimey | Reviewed this property |
I think only fast dogs like greyhounds were allowed.
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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.
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