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Crampton Tower Museum

The Broadway, Broadstairs, England
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Ranked #14 of 19 Attractions in Broadstairs
Type: Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We visited with the kids and were welcomed by two very friendly gentlemen who were opening up for the day. We were informed that sadly due to gale force winds that had blown off the roof of one of the museum's sections back in January, only the water tower and old water tank were open. In light of this, they... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a slightly eclectic mix of railway ephemera (model and real), housed in a very interesting water tower. As with these sorts of attractions, it's staffed by knowledgeable and likeable coves. You look at several model railway exhibits, including one of Broadstairs railway station of yesteryear, cleverly reconstructed. I'll be honest; as an attraction, the NRM in York doesn't... More

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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

An unusual and interesting water tower that houses a history of trains/trams/Broadstairs. In the shed before you go to the tower, there is a selection of model railways, all with buttons to press, so you can watch the trains going round. The beehive is also worth a quick look, though there is very little in there. Stand directly in the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Ideal for model railway enthusiasts. For the rest of us, fascinating to learn a bit about Crampton, a Broadstairs Brunel. But it requires reading lots of poor typescript information.

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

We recently went to this museum and found the staff friendly and informatiive. There was a lot of information and facts for such a small space and there were good activities for children also. If we lived in this area we would definitely become volunteers. Looking forward to our next visit. Keep up the good work!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

We visited the Crampton Tower Museum on a wet Summer afternoon with 2 grumpy children (7 & 4) not honestly expecting moods to be improved. However we were so pleasantly surprised that I have been forced to register with this site just to pass on details of this hidden gem! The train layouts are far better than that of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We have been here a number of times. The model railway displays are far better than the Hornby museum just up the road, at a fraction of the cost and without the gift shop at the exit! The museum itself is housed in the tower and although it's style might be called "enthusiastic amateur" there is some really good stuff... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

This is one of the many tiny museums which exist in every country. They will never match the British Museum, the Louvre, the Smithsonian (add as you wish). Why should they? It is not slick and professional. Perhaps it could be but at a cost to the local community. That cost would not be measured in tax dollars but in... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

Perhaps I was expecting too much on my first visit to this museum, which is located close to Broadstairs railway station. My initial impression upon entering the main open-fronted building was that I had stumbled upon a model railway club, for there were several layouts running around the perimeter of the building, in the centre of which stood a handsome... More

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