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Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

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Address: Hempton Road, Fakenham NR21 7LA, England
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Fascinating museum!

We visited this museum with absolutely no knowledge or interest in gas but thought it sounded interesting. We were not disappointed . This is truly one of best speciality/random... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We visited this museum with absolutely no knowledge or interest in gas but thought it sounded interesting. We were not disappointed . This is truly one of best speciality/random museum we have visited and we have visited a lot! Staff were incredibly knowledgeable and really enthusiastic without being overwhelming. Really worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

what a wonderful place - we were driving past and as it says closes at 3:30pm and it was 3pm we thought we'd pop in, we were glared at and they started locking up and stopping us enter most of it - apparently you have to allow at least an hour and half to see it properly ... what we... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A wonderful museum, the only surviving intact gas works in the country. The volunteers who run it are friendly and knowledgeable. The visit starts with a short but fascinating video of the history of town gas and Fakenham gas works. You then have a short guided tour of the site before you look round on your own. The small site,... More 

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Fakenham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The gentleman (volunteer) explaining about how equipment was used made it very interesting. Also nice to see old home appliances.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A private tour very nostalgic fun an very informative Excellent host if you are 50 plus dont miss it . Educational for the kids too.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I never knew there was so much to gas before. I was lovely to look at the old appliances to see which ones we had when I was a child. A fascinating place showing all the by-products as well as all how it was made. Staffed by volunteers who are very informative and friendly. If you go on Thursday (market... More 

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Blackpool
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I recently read a book called 'THE THIRD MAN' - all about William Murdoch, the inventor of gas light. I wanted to find out more about how gas was produced from bituminous coal from the late18th century onwards until North Sea Gas came into use during the mid 1960's. As a child, there was a tall, cast-iron gas lamp in... More 

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King's Lynn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

From Victorian times until the coming of North Sea Gas in the 1970s almost every town had its gasworks. Smelly and polluting though they were, gasworks are an important part of our history and Fakenham's is the only one left in the whole of England and Wales. It's a gem. So if you're at all interested in industrial or social... More 

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Kings Lynn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Deserves a wider audience and a unique and educational experience. Care though as regards possible restricted opening times as manned by enthusiastic volunteers only.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

Very interesting gas works museum. The local history section is well worth a visit. Being a small place, it's not going to take all day.

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