Eastern Bypass Road Cowley, Oxford OX4 6NL, England
Oxford is home to one of the three MINI production plants. Located in southeast Oxford, just outside Cowley, the MINI Plant in Oxford is the birthplace of the MINI.
Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world.
Three UK plants have a part to play in MINI production. Plant Hams Hall makes engines, Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and all this comes together at Plant Oxford with body shell production, paint and final assembly.
Since production of the new MINI started in 2001, almost 3 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford. But the plant’s heritage goes back much further than that – it is a site with 100 years of automotive manufacturing history, which has become a landmark in the “city of dreaming spires”.
Gain insight into the automotive production during a guided plant tour. The 2 hour tour of the facility gives you can opportunity to experience the production of MINIs. From the welding of steel parts into car bodies to the individual interior equipment in the assembly.
You will learn about Oxford’s 100 years of car building history and take a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a MINI. Your tour will start at the Visitor Centre with a brief factory history and health & safety. This is followed by a visit to the body shop and the assembly hall.
Tour groups up to 15 people are able to visit the MINI Plant. It provides a useful insight into Oxford’s industrial heritage and how modern MINIs are made. A must visit for car and history enthusiasts alike.