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Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Swanwick Lane | Swanwick, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 7GW, England
+44 1489 576248
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Fascinating visit

Who would have thought that bricks could be so very interesting. The sheer number of size and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
lynne j
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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it was on a free day, and i went there about 10 years ago and had a great time staff are keen to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
carl07773
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is all set to become one of the key visitor attractions in the South. The only remaining steam driven brickworks in the country we show how brick making made the leap from small scale production to 20 million bricks a year. The fully restored and working machinery helped us to win the coveted Institute of Mechanical Engineering Heritage Award in 2011 and on Open Days we can show it all running as it was when it ceased producing bricks. On site you can see the patented method adopted to dry the bricks and the huge kiln block that was used to fire them ready for collection. The museum has other clay based collections on site and lots of opportunities on offer which makes a visit both enjoyable and educational.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Swanwick Lane | Swanwick, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 7GW, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Who would have thought that bricks could be so very interesting. The sheer number of size and design is astounding. My favourite has to be the French roof tiles. You really get a feel for the place as it was originally. Entertaining mock up period...More

Thank lynne j
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Very pleased you enjoyed your visit and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Outside is still a bit of a work in progress but hopefully you will return sometime to see what we are doing.

Reviewed 1 week ago

it was on a free day, and i went there about 10 years ago and had a great time staff are keen to sher their passion enjoyed the room mock ups some of them took me back. Wheelchairs once you are out of the car...More

Thank carl07773
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to review the museum. The volunteers love hearing your comments.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Ashamed to admit that despite living in the Southampton area all my life, I have nevervisited here before. It's an enormous site with working machines, a cute little train, good value cafe. An interesting story about the making of bricks. Great for kids of all...More

Thank Kate S
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You are not alone...! So many people have never heard of us. Thanks for visiting and also taking the time to review us. It all helps get the word round.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff and volunteers are really friendly and helpful. My son who has special needs really enjoyed it. Children can make a brick if they want and there is also lots of old household things to look at. We enjoyed the old fashioned slot machines...More

Thank Clare W
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad you had a good day with us and that you are going to come back for a second visit. Thanks so much for giving us a five * review - we really appreciate it.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't really know what to expect but we had a really good few hours here. My kids are 3 and 7 and there was plenty to keep them entertained, unfortunately it was raining so we couldn't explore outside but I think we will return....More

Thank Aimee S
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum and so glad you and your children enjoyed visiting. Hopefully we will see you again soon - perhaps on a sunnier day.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing place to visit. Don't know why I have not been before. Lots of interesting vehicles to look at and a lot of interesting historical facts and artefacts to enjoy. There is plenty to keep children occupied as well.

Thank acstewart196
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. It all helps us so much.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was very well presented and laid out. There was a lot of information on the way the brickworks used to operate. It was good to see that a lot of machinery had been preserved. I loved the old chimneys. There was plenty of...More

Thank percys649
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting walk through history, especially in the company of a family of builders and engineers. Looking at the raw materials, manufacturing process and huge range of standard and speciality bricks. I am not an engineer or a builder but Still found lots to...More

Thank Sue T
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. We agree, our old clay pits which are now the lakes at Swanwick Nature Reserve are a brilliant way to end a visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I remember this museum from a school trip I went on when I was a little girl. I thought it would be nice to revisit and take my 5 year old son along with me. We had a great time. So inexpensive to get in...More

Thank hailstone101
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

What a lovely review. Thank you. We so appreciate you taking the time and your brilliant comments.

Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Well I enjoyed this day out more than I expected and I will revisit when they have an event on. As I feel something like this needs supporting so we don't lose it.

Thank Tangled_JHP
BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your support - and for thinking about coming again. Our funding is all from people like you so visits are really important to us!

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Oliver B
September 2, 2017|
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Response from TeamFishUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Maybe one or two small things outside you could miss but overall good for a rainy day. Might need good footwear to get from car park to building.
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Bexcousins
August 21, 2016|
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Response from BursledonBrickw | Property representative |
Yes, but they will need to dry out so you need to be a bit careful with them!
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Keith M
May 30, 2016|
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Response from BursledonBrickw | Property representative |
Ooops - we missed this question. Yes, dogs on leads are very welcome. We have no problem with them inside and outside the museum. The only place we can't let them go is in the cafe itself but even then there is plenty of... More
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