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Hertfordshire Fire Museum

Lower High Street, Watford, England
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Ranked #6 of 6 Attractions in Watford
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: We depict the history of fire-fighting through the ages, with particular emphasis on Hertfordshire...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: We depict the history of fire-fighting through the ages, with particular emphasis on Hertfordshire. We have two nineteenth-century hand manual fire appliances, a 1896 Shand-Mason horse-drawn steam-powered fire engine, a 1937 Leyland fire appliance which was based at St Albans and a 1942 Dennis trailer pump used during the Second World War. We have uniforms that can be tried on and equipment that can be handled. There is also a large photographic display and resource library. Entry is free, donations welcome as the museum in voluntarily run by ex-fire service officers. Our Open Days are on one Saturday per month (1pm to 4pm), from April to September, dates on Watford Museum website. Please be aware that we are based on an operational fire station with very limited parking.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Not vast but everything here is delightful especially, of course, the old engine and equipment. A perfect specialist little museum and a perfect vehicle for highlighting not only the role of the brigade down the decades but also to make people aware of the safety issues. Wish it were open more often. We came here a about a year ago.... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service's Museum is housed in the grounds of Watford Fire Station at the bottom of Watford High Street and is run and manned by two dedicated curators, Roger and Ian, who devote a great deal of their time to try to preserve the heritage of Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service. A visit to the Museum... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

my kids really enjoyed this, must go here more often

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

The lovely gentleman that run the museum named Ian who do this volunterally have lots of passion for their work and fireBet his wife doesnt lime it much!!!

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

A must place to visit for anyone that has an interest in all things Fire Brigade

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

short visit but some interesting views great hospitality and on a working fire station thats operational

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011 via mobile

Limited opening so needs planning in advance. When I visited there were guest fire engines as well as the display in the little museum behind the new Fire Station. For children it's good for an hour or so as some of the detailed exhibits might be beyond them. The volunteers had tried however with drawings to colour. Recommended!

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