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Address: Camden Works | Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH, England
Phone Number: +44-1225-318348
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An old Indoor tennis court - now a very interesting museum

The name put me off somewhat but how glad I was to have visited this fascinating museum. It is not in the city centre and a bit of a climb up the hill, but keep going. There is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Ledbury
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is a recreation of the working factory owned by J.B. Bowler, an engineering workshop and Victorian Fizzy Pop factory. The original building was demolished, but 1,000s of pictures were taken and the machines, offices and documents the archived. Once a new home for the artefacts was found, the workshops, offices and machine processes were recreated giving an authentic... More 

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It was very small museum but jammed with history of the Bowler Family which could have been lost but happy it was saved. The lady on reception greeted us and gave us lots of information, she was lovely and helpful. I even learnt about the desert boot invented by a member of the Clark Family (exhibition of the history is... More 

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Ledbury
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17 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The name put me off somewhat but how glad I was to have visited this fascinating museum. It is not in the city centre and a bit of a climb up the hill, but keep going. There is so much to see - a reconstruction of engineering works run by JB Bowler fills a large section of the museum. Apparently... More 

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Horndean
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We spent a very interesting couple of hours at this museum. The main exhibition is The Bowler Collection, a fascinating insight into industry in Bath in 18 and 19th Century. Also there are two smaller exhibitions about Bath, worth seeing. Currently there is a Clarks exhibition about desert boots. It was a shame not many people visiting when we were... More 

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Weymouth, England
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13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great little museum tucked away from the main shopping area. Spent a couple of hours looking around learnt a little more about the industrial side of Bath.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The museum is housed in an attractive building. It's a wonderful small museum, with friendly staff, which takes the visitor back into a past where anything and everything metallic was of use and nothing thrown away. Fascinating history of J B Bowler's company with comprehensive handheld audio tours and well-displayed reconstructed workshops, office (where pieces of 19th century mail remains... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Excellent reconstruction using the actual contents from the J B Bowler factory closed in 1969 after 100 years of trading in Bath. Other displays include Horstmann gallery with 1914 car. Knowledgeable staff.

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Northeast England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We visited this place first thing in the morning (10:30 opening I think) I was like travelling back in a time machine. The gentleman on duty gave us a very detailed description of the museam and was full of interesting fact about the museum. It is only small but packed to the rafters with fascinating industrial tableaux using the real... More 

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

A delightful small museum small being the operative word, I spent more time in the café area working out how to work the coffee machine as there no staff on duty. Saying that the hot chocolate was yummy! The museum shop sold quality products’ at very, low prices wooden yoyos for 40 pence. The staff member on duty was fantastic,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It's a steep walk from the centre of Bath, but it's worth the walk when you get there. As another reviewer said, it really is a 'time capsule.' The museum chronicles a small engineering company and fizzy drinks maker, J B Bower in mid 1800, that used to exist in Bath and was was moved before it was destroyed. Get... More 

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