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Address: Anson Road | Poynton, SK12 1TD, England
Phone Number: +44 1625 874426

It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many...

It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many attractions but over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognized as one of the country's leading specialist museums.

Situated in Higher Poynton, the museum is on the site of the old Anson Colliery. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. However, it is increasingly becoming a "must visit" attraction for non-enthusiasts too and won the "Visitors Choice" award (voted for by the public) when they were asked "where would you take a visitor to the Macclesfield area"?

As well as the largest collection of engines in Europe, the museum also has changing displays of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementos and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery.

Open one weekend a month in 2015.

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A Very comprehensive collection of vintage stationary engines

This museum is a must for any vintage engine collector when in England. The staff found information for an engine I am restoring at the Cobdogla Irrigation Museum in South... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a must for any vintage engine collector when in England. The staff found information for an engine I am restoring at the Cobdogla Irrigation Museum in South Australia. The archive of engine information is incredible. If you are interested in old engines allow at leased five or six hours for the visit.

Thank Waxy41
Charity W, Manager at Anson Engine Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks and glad we could help, keep up the good work at Cobdogla More 

Kidsgrove, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on bank holiday Monday. What a brilliant museum most of the engines were operating and the volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful. Will definitely visit again.

Thank john g
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Their policy is to run as many engines as possible whenever possible, because if it's not running it's just a lump of steel. So we saw dozens of engines on the go. Some artsy and gothic, most beautifully and lovingly restored by the enthusiastic team of volunteer experts. I even got to handle a press for creating my own stencils,... More 

Thank Andrew W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Great place. Lots of engines to see. The volunteers are very informative and clearly passionate about what they do. Some good local history too. I would love to come back soon.

Thank Luke H
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Great museum, well laid out, lots to see. It was much bigger than I though and you get free talks and demonstrations by a dedicated bunch of enthusiasts. Running huge industrial diesels, I learned thing I didn't know and I though I knew about engines. Goes from the very first engines right through to the present day. An excellent couple... More 

Thank Paul S
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I would have never believed my wife could enjoy a visit to an 'engine' museum, or I with little knowledge, merely curiosity, find it so interesting. Firstly there is lots to see covering not just the 'oily bits' but also the art, history and some broadly associated crafts. Add to this really interested and communicative volunteers with may working exhibits,... More 

Thank GFJH
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a longer stay than we expected to. Plenty to see and really friendly staff to help the experience be enjoyable. The surprise was that as well as engines, there was a craft section and a fantastic model of the area c1900. It was a great lesson in the history of the period.

Thank paul l
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

This museum far exceeded our expectations. Amazing how much there is to see; includes small cinema, wonderful scale model of Poynton area, circa 1900. Enthusiastic and interesting guides. Well worth a visit. A wonderful history of our industrial heritage of the times when we lead the world, preserved by a group of dedicated enthusiasts.

Thank Lucylou16
Armitage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

It was our first visit to The Anson but we will return to one of their Special Events. Plenty to see and for engineers a real treat to see so many engines and exhibits, it helped me understand some things which had puzzled me in the past. The attendants who run the place are very willing to talk and explain... More 

Thank Cyril C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

This is my Dads favourite museum. He worked as an engineer all his life and knew a lot about the engines here that were mostly manufactured in Cheshire. The museum is arranged chronologically mostly, showing the development of different types of engines through time. There are all different types of engines some are running and on an open day there... More 

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