Ok you're in the Lake District and its raining. You know what I mean this is not normal rain but Cumbrian rain. You have screaming kids with you and they want to do something.
Keswick is the place to head and then go to the CARS OF THE STARS MUSEUM. It's based in the middle of Keswick with loads of car parks near by. The car parks can get very busy at peak times so you may have to drive around for a while or park in one of the many side streets.
The museum does not look like much from the outside and as you enter the main building you still think there is not much in here. But on entering the doors to the to the museum part of the building you realise that it's well worth it.
One of the first parts you see is a mock Gotham City backdrop and in front of that is the Batmobile from the 60's series, the Batmobile from the 80's movie and another from the last film. There is information on each car to read if you want to know all about it.
As you walk around the museum you will see loads more cars from TV and film. Cars from Del Boys Reliant to the original KITT from Knight Rider. Some of the cars are the originals but some are ones used for promotional work. You can't touch the cars as they have ropes in front of them but most of them you can get within a couple of feet of them to have a closer look
The museum as a whole is a great place to go if you're in the area. The only problem I have with the place is they don't allow you to take pictures of the cars as they have loads of pictures in the shop and they want you to buy these instead. These pictures are ok but most people would like a picture of themselves or kids stood in front of the cars.
This small museum, owned by Peter Nelson, is situated in the centre of Keswick, behind the Royal Oak pub, in the heart of the Lake District.
It is home to many beautifully restored vehicles which have appeared in television shows and films.
The place is open most of the year, varying on the season. The cost of admission when I visited was £4.00 for an adult and £3.00 for a child, (prices may change). It cost me £14.00 for my visit, which was not too bad considering the museum was not as small as it looks from the outside.
It opened in 1989 to the public, but was officially opened 1990 by a Gerry Anderson and houses his creation, Lady Pennelope's pink Rolls Royce.
Other cars in the museum include....
The A-Team van,
The Munsters mobile,
KITT from knightrider,
The Delorean from Back to the future,
James Bonds Aston Martin and other Bonds movie cars
Tom Sellicks Ferrari from Magnum
One of the Reliant Robins from 'Only fools and horses, (as there were thirteen made)
Fred Flintstones foot powered vehicle
The Model T from Laurel and Hardy
and other cars and motor cycles.
There was also a life size Dalek for all you Doctor Who fans
(As the display changes from time to time the vehicles mentioned may not be there when you visit.)
There are also other things to see and do, such as autographs of the stars and a small selection of children's rides.
Most of the cars can be hired for promotions/functions for a fee, starting from £500 per day.
As with all museums there is a gift shop tempting you to spend your money before you leave, casting your eyes over the postcards and pictures on display.
You can also have your photograph taken whilst sitting in a display model, for a small fee.
If you do find yourself in Keswick with an hour to spare then the museum is worth a visit. It is easy to find, being right next to the large car park, behind the Royal Oak as you drive into Keswick from Windermere.
The coach depot is a stone throw away across the town centre
Give it a try if you are interested in cars of the stars.
This place is a hidden gem! You wouldn't think of Keswick as being a tourist destination that attracts car enthusiasts, more the sort of place for hillwalkers, cyclists, lazy walks in the country....
One of the other museums in the town is dedicated to pencils for goodness sake! But This one is a cut above the rest. Granted it is not very big, and they don't have the space to display all of their vehicles at any one time, but you are always guaranteed to see a good few of your favourite cars from the movies and tv programmes.
The museum is easy to find, as is signposted in several parts of the town, and is located only a minutes walk from one of the main car parks. This makes it an ideal part of any excursion to this part of the lake districts, especially on days when the weather is not so good.
The time I was there, the cars on show included "Kitt" from Knight Rider, one of the batmobiles, the Mad Max bike, The flintstones car if I remember rightly, and the stylish Volvo P1800 from the Saint.Perhaps most notably, though, the yellow Reliant Robin, made famous by Only Fools And Horses is a regular feature on the museum floor.Along with a huge collection of original Bond cars, covering a wide range of films from the earlier- middle period of the series.
But as I said before, the cars on show are always being rotated to showcase them all. So when visiting you are not always guaranteed to see an exact car you are interested in, but certainly get to see some amazing machines you will recognise.
And you can always phone them up in advance to inquire about the current fleet on display.Their number is on their website "www.carsofthestars.com" along with loads of other useful information.
It is quite a strange experience though seeing them in real life. And being able to stand right next to them and walk round them from various angles is really cool. Some are not quite the same as you would imagine them to be. For example, "Kitt" is far smaller than i expected it to be, or remembered it as being from the show. And the Batmobile is enormous. I think it is the one from the original series.
There are some really odd ones on show though... like the massive Thunderbirds FAB1. The car that Lady Penelope was always seen riding in in the tv show. There was also the car from Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang the last time I was there.
I think this place makes for a really good day out, and although entrance is not too steeply priced (£4 adults and £3 children) if you take very young children, you should be prepared for them to either get bored easily, or start climbing all over the exhibits! When I was there, some of the cars seemed wasted on children, as they are from programmes not shown on tv for years. But they will certainly recognise some of the more recent cars.
If however you are like me, and old enough, just about, to remember a lot of the shows and films the cars are taken from, then you will be spoilt for choice as to what to look at first.
I love the way you are allowed to just walk right up to the cars and peer inside, even though these are all nearly priceless cars, as many were one offs.
Another good thing about this attraction is that it is unusually quiet, well it was when I was there a few summers back anyway. Though things may be slightly different now.
One of the most surprising things in the building is actually on your way out. Instead of the usual commercial nightmare of a giftshop, there are simply a few items in a display cabinet, and instead the walls are dotted with loads of genuine signed photographs of celebrities such as the stars from the films and programmes that the cars are taken from and other very well known names, some of whom have sadly passed on since signing the photo. Many of these are available to purchase, for varying prices, ranging upwards from around £25. They are all smartly mounted and framed, ready for display.
Apparently they cater for larger group visits as well as being open to the public 7 days for the entire Easter-December, and weekends during December until Christmas.So if you are ever in Keswick and wondering what to do next, you couldn't go far wrong with a visit to the "cars of the stars musem".
It really is well worth a visit, and it's surprising to find such an unusual and interesting place of interest in the middle of the Lake District.
I recommend this place to anyone who has in interest in the cars of the movies or television, and of the stars who drove them.
This museum first opened in May 1989 and the idea for this attraction was the result of Granada Television approaching a dentist called Peter Nelson. Granada wanted to borrow Peter Nelson’s MG TC car, for use in the television series “The Spoils Of War” The museum is as the name suggests…cars of the Stars, and there are many cars of famous films and TV programmes. The Cars of the Stars Museum is situated in Keswick in the Lake District. Once you are in Keswick The cars of the Stars Museum is sign posted, so you should have no problem in finding it, but…. We arrived in Keswick about 10 am and the car park closest to the museum was full, as we ventured round the one way system, the next car park was also virtually full, so be prepared to wait for your space! Keswick is not a big place, so wherever you land, the walk to the cars of the stars museum is not too far. To gain entry to the aforementioned attraction you will need to part with £3 for adults and £2 for children, a brochure of the cars is also available for another £2 of your hard-earned money! Access is fairly easy, and I say this because we have a twin pram, which does not fit through a standard doorway...and this is one place we could get in. Although, if like us you have a wide load, a lot of polite “excuse me’s” will pass your lips before you finish viewing the cars! According to the Cars of the Stars web site and brochure, the cars are displayed in individual sets that recreate the film or programme that they had once starred in. This is true, but don’t expect anything extra special or else you will be disappointed. I expected the cars to be roped off, but that we would still be able to walk around each car but this was not possible. The cars cannot all be viewed all the way round. Another disappointment that I had was that although the cars were “in Character” the ones which should have been clean and shiny
did not look so….the one I feel most aggrieved over is FAB 1. This is a magnificent car that had been saved by Peter Nelson from its previous owner; they had not had the inclination to repair her after an accident with a barn roof that had collapsed on top of her. This car looked as though it had never seen a can of polish, Lady Penelope would not have stood for such shoddy standards from Parker! But the other car we had set out to see was as we had imagined, even if its engine wasn’t Chitty chitty bang banging away! Yes the car that starred in the Chitty film, well one of the cars that was made for the film! If you are visiting this museum to see one car in particular, then it is advisable to ring them first. There is not enough room to show all the cars so they are rotated. (Yearly, I think!) The cars that the motor museum has in its collection is impressive, on entering the first one we saw was the Batmobile, a vehicle that helped Batman to fight crime in Gotham city. This one is featured in the Batman film and looked more impressive when viewed off screen, another Batmobile, this time the modified Lincoln Futura which was part of the Batman TV series. The next one we saw was a rather ancient looking vehicle, this one was used at the Premiere of the Flintstones film in London. Another animated car, that is brought to life was on display this time a red and yellow number, vignale of Turin created an open topped two seater car called the Gamini. This is the Noddy car, and this car owned by the museum is used by the BBC to promote Noddy. The next car that caught my eye from a famous series of films was a DeLorean. This car was used in the trilogy of films “Back to the Future” On turning the corner the next car I was dragged to, this one was very large, pink, and already mentioned in this Op….FAB 1 or otherwise known as Lady Penelope’s car. Adjacent to the Thunderbird car was a motorbike that belonged
to Eddie Kidd, this was of particular interest to my husband as he thinks of himself as a bit of a stunt man on two wheels! Another children’s favourite was ahead, this time a car that went Banana’s. Yes it’s that cheeky rascal called Herbie, the car owned by the museum featured in all four of the Herbie films, and according to the brochure, has many gadgets that bring the car to life. It was just a shame that we were not given a demonstration, but still it was another famous star that I had been close to! The last part of the museum displays the Chitty car, and as I picked my son up to get a better view of his obsession he ...urm...accidentally… touched the number plate. Oops…(he said to me!) Unfortunately photographing and touching the cars is not allowed here. So we then moved onto view another car this time it belonged to The Saint. This car is the VovloP1800 that was the first car to be driven by Simon Templar; this car was also used by Roger Moore as his own transport for three years. There were many more cars on display the day we went, such as the mini with a wicker paint effect, used in the film “ A Shot In the Dark” The museum also holds a large collection of Bond cars, unfortunately for all you 007 fans I know nothing about the cars featured in these films, so I was not sure which car belonged to which movie. Peter Nelson’s collection includes an Aston Martin DB5, a V8 Aston Martin, a Lotus Esprit (underwater), Tuk-Tuk Taxi, a BSA Rocket firing motorcycle, and a Triumph stag and many more. I suggest you look at the Cars of the Stars website to see a complete list of these Bond mean machines. There were other cars on display when we were there too, a yellow three wheeled Super van, that once belonged to Trotters Independent Trading Co… and yes, it still has the note in the window, advising all Traffic Wardens out there that the Tax is in the Post! There is another car bel
onging to an usual family there too. This one is “The Koach” driven by Herman of the “Munsters” fame. The Cars of The Stars Museum also features an Action vehicle in the form of The A Teams van, but sadly I did not get to see Mr T! So as you can see there are many cars displayed here. (And I know I have forgotten about a few that we saw) But, that is not quite all…. Once out of the car part of the museum you arrive in another part that was just as interesting to my hubby and I. Here you can view pictures of stars and even buy photos of the famous cars, and celebrities. These photos have been autographed by the relevant famous person…we were more interested in seeing who was most highly priced rather than buying one! There were also postcards and models for sale here, so you could take a momento of your visit home with you, although my son would have preferred to be able to have had a photo of himself with the Chitty and Thunderbirds Cars! But maybe one day, I might just hire the cars for him, when I win the lottery that is. Seriously though, it is possible to hire these cars, but as to prices I have not enquired...so far! Having just written this Op with a few negative points, I would still highly recommend this brush with the stars, it’s a reasonable entry fee, that will keep the whole family happy, because there are exhibits from all era’s of TV and film.
Its time to think about cars, famous cars that is, if you think about it you will soon think of many films and tv series that feature cars.. Everyone must remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, what about the Bat Mobile in the classic 60's Batman series or KIT the indestructible car in Knight Rider.. The cars were the stars, they had a life of their own, they made stole the show, from Herby to Del Boys Robin Reliant we loved them all. I have always wanted to see these cars in real life, but travelling to far flung movie studios was not exactly something my budget could cope with. However thanks to the "Cars of the Stars" motor museum I have had the chance to view the cars I watched on the big and little screen. This museum is located in the lovely little town of Keswick in the picturesque Lake District. Admittance is three pounds for adults and 2 pounds for the little persons and is money well spent. The museum itself was started by a dentist, who was approached in 1982 by Granada Television, which wanted to borrow his car for the show "The Spoils of war". Cars featured include Laurel and Hardies Model T Ford The Munsters Koach (sic) from teh 60's TV series Staff Car from Raiders of the lost Ark Morris 8 Tourer from All Creatures Great and Small The Noddy Car (Fiat Gamini) Del Boys Trotters Independant Traders (TIT for short) Reliant Regal Super Van. Flintstones Cars. Lotus Super Seven from the Prisoner Peter Sellers Mini (Pink Panther film Shot in the Dark) The Back to the Future Delorean complete with Flux capacitor and Digital time readouts. The Saint Jaguar The Avengers Lotus Elan James Bond Cars - Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger), Lotus Esprit Turbo (For your eyes only), V8 Aston Martin (Living Daylights), Lotus Underwater Esprit (The Spy wh
o loved me) and MANY more are in the collection. K.I.T.T from KnightRider. Herbie the LoveBug (from Herbie Goes Bananas) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (from the film with the same name, the wings are not displayed) The Batmobile (from Batman and Batman Returns) The ORIGINAL and best Batmobile from the TV series. Lady Penolopies FAB Pink Car from Thunderbirds (a life size replica) The A-Team Van. Robocops Car Magnum PI Ferrari Mad Max Police Interceptor Other items of interest include many signed photos (warning these are fairly expensive from around 25 to over 100 pounds) of stars. A Dalek, A red phone box with ET inside and various models and cards for purchase. One thing that you will notice if you visit, is that the cars are not simply sat side by side as in many exhibitions, rather they are in indivual "sets", each set has a backdrop and props to et the mood for the car, and some have music playing from the relavent show. Also, sadly, due to space restrictions not all cars are displayed, they are rotated around from time to time, so if you are going to see a specific car I would recommend ringing first to check it is on display. Perhaps the most annoying aspect is photography is completely banned, I was warned about that on the way in, and once inside signs are everywhere informing you not to use camera or video equipment and that you are under close circuit surveillance. Apparently this is due to copyright restrictions. You are also not allowed to walk around the cars, they are behind ropes and needless to say you cant sit in them! However, despite this, I recommend the museum as it gives you a very rare chance to actually see the real cars that you like so much on TV. Cars of the Stars Motor Museum Standish Street Keswick Cumbria CA12 5LS England Telephone (017687) 73757 -
Museum, (017687) 72090 - Office * kensplace
This is a fantastic museum to complement your trip to the Lake District. Right in the middle of town the museum is easy to get to and has disabled access. The museum features cars from movies and TV including the star attraction Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The cars are all beautifully presented with adequate information displayed next to them. The museum is easy to walk around and will certainly keep the kids interested with cars from The Pink Panther, Flintstones, Thunderbirds and Back to the Future. A large collection of James Bond cars are exhibited along with many original film costumes and props. Cars of the Stars is definitely a must if you have kids who don’t like climbing up mountains or it is a rainy day. However, it has a distinct attraction to everyone whatever your age. Overall definitely worth a visit!