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Anson Engine Museum

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Address: Anson Road | Poynton, SK12 1TD, England
Phone Number: +44 1625 874426
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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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Superb morning out but definitely go on open day

I expected this to be a shed full of engines to look at but don't touch. What we were treated to was just that but the volunteers brought it alive. Engines were primed and started... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Jon D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I could have spent all day at this great place but wife eventually got bored (after 3 hours)so we had to go. Engines running in every room and more outside too. Also craft demonstrations and local history so plenty to see. The volunteers were very keen to talk to you and discuss all aspects of engines and engineering. I will... More 

Thank moffy2015
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

I expected this to be a shed full of engines to look at but don't touch. What we were treated to was just that but the volunteers brought it alive. Engines were primed and started to whitty banter and stories. Staff were happy to wax lyrically about their passion for vintage engines of all shapes and sizes. Add to this... More 

Thank Jon D
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Having read some great reviews we were disappointed to find the place virtually deserted and hardly any engines running. Seemed to be staffed by cast of Last of the Summer Wine. They were all friendly when you spoke to them but sometimes it seemed we were interrupting their cosy chat when we had questions to ask. They suggested we come... More 

1 Thank M O
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

We went on a July Saturday, and it was quiet, but didn't deserve to be. Fascinating at lots of levels, even if you've only a passing interest in engines. Don't be put off by the rather confusing information on the website about when it's open. I think it's open every day across about March to October, with occasional special events... More 

1 Thank Emyr1
Stockport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

My and my Grandparents arrived at the museum around 11:30am,there was more staff than visitors. It was a great time but on the downside none of the engine were working which was a pick of a let down but overall it was a average time>

1 Thank Tom K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

Just visited this wonderfull little gem of a place at the recent open day. Full of intresting engines of all types, shapes & sizes. Run by volunteers so don't be put of by the admission price. Lots of history relating to the local area and a brilliant scale model of Poynton and its local. Very informative & well worth a... More 

Thank YoungBarbarian
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I visited this industrial treasure trove on the early May bank holiday with my other half (an engineer) and aunt. We all got a lot out of the day in our different ways, whether it was the engines themselves, the social history and incredible historical model of the local area or seeing the traditional crafts in action. We were lucky... More 

1 Thank Finst4r
Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Really enjoyed our trip here today, so much to see. Kids under 12 go free, so good entertainment for anyone wanting to occupy children with an interesting activity. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Thoroughly recommend. Having so many engines running, steam pumping and the blacksmith's forge in use was compelling - there's nothing else like it that we've been to.... More 

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Poynton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

the engine museum is a living ,breathing attraction ,masive mill engines are restored and running outside and inside. Some of these engines were removed and saved from the great cotton mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire ,these are now fully restored to working order.Not all steam engines are the same ,! A working Blacksmiths is outside and the blacksmiths will spend... More 

1 Thank andrew c
Chapel-en-le-Frith, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Visited this wonderful museum to our engine heritage on Saturday 11th April. Delighted to find it was open even though their website said it wasn't ! ??? Had a wonderful time, Peter one of the volunteers, showed us around and even started one or two of the engines for us. The grandchildren thought it was amazing and we all found... More 

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