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Address: Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
Phone Number: 01283 507 391
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Expanding from his already successful malting business, the first brewery...

Expanding from his already successful malting business, the first brewery was founded by John Marston at Horninglow in Burton-on-Trent, where Marston's™ soon developed a reputation for producing beers of the highest quality and taste.Rival brewers from London including Manns, Crossman and Paulin, who had the Albion Brewery built in 1874, relocated to Burton to take advantage of the very individual nature of the water.Towards the end of the century, when scientists started to claim that they could recreate Burton water artificially, the London brewers decided that transport costs could be now be saved, and returned to the capital.When Mann, Crossman & Paulin left town in 1897, they left behind arguably the best brewery in town. Following the merger with the Thompson's Brewery in 1897 Marston's moved into the Albion Brewery on Shobnall Road a year later. The Albion has been described as a 'cathedral of brewing'. A prime spot in the best brewing town in the world.The Albion Brewery was 'constructed according to the most approved model of modern times'. Pleasantly situated in rural surroundings, the brewery included a big cooperage, ale stores, stables, wells, its own railways sidings, and cottages to house selected employees. Marston's™ passion for cricket and dedication to its people is evident right from the beginning of its move to the Albion Brewery, as The Burton Mail of March 11th 1899 notes, 'the directors have given the cricketers a well laid out and well appointed field in which to carry the colours of the firm to victory'.The Albion Brewery was compact, efficient, and pleasing on the eye. Barnard visited in 1888, rating it as the ninth largest in the country by output. He described how all the large mains and pipes were laid along walls or under vessels, so as not to obstruct the light or 'mar the elegance of the building'. He commented on the purity of the water, and of the beer.

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Informative tour of a working brewery

Although this is a very large brewery, the tour was more like a microbrewery in the attention paid to visitors, the friendliness of the guide (Alice), and the ability to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Bryan, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although this is a very large brewery, the tour was more like a microbrewery in the attention paid to visitors, the friendliness of the guide (Alice), and the ability to see the factory in operation.

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Corby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We’ve been on a few Brewery tours now, and a visit to Burton on Trent meant a visit to Marstons. We arrived at the Visitors Centre, and met Meryl who was our informative guide. There was a small group of us on our tour, and it was interesting to hear about the history of the brewery buildings and machinery. We... More 

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

this brewery tour is a must , just to see what we call THE CATHEDRAL, where beers are put through an original system . then casked up . food can be ordered for groups . when booking a tour . A very interesting visit just to see the brewing process . some 1/2s of beer included in price .well worth... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Really good tour - you see the whole process up close. You discover the history of the company and see how the system has been updated to use modern equipment but the process has hardly changed. The tour was very relaxed with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Well worth a visit.

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Brigg, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This was a good tour, we were led by a friendly and charming young girl, however she had little knowledge of the actual brewing process, so it helped if you were already a little aware of the general concepts of brewing. In comparison, the tour I had of the Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth was much better if you wanted to... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

My wife and I spent an extremely pleasant few hours touring Marston's Brewery today and got to see them brewing a guest beer from Zululand. If you remotely like beer and are in the vicinity of Burton-on-Trent, make a booking and come see for yourself the traditional brewing of fine ales. I now know what the "Burton Snatch" is and... More 

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Stoke on Trent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Tour took about 90 minutes and was very interesting. The woman who acted as our guide was very friendly and well informed. Plenty of time to taste the beers at the end of the tour.

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Burton on Trent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Been on the tour today, can't fault it, led by a lovely knowledgeable lady, nothing too much trouble , nice beer well worth a visit.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I'm personally not an Ale or beer drinker - wine is my thing , but my partner had booked the tour for us both,.So I went along and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.The tour of the Brewery at Burton was very interesting .. It was well informed by Des ,who told us how, where and what with regard to the history... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Got there a little early ,Beryl,our guide offered coffee we sat and chatted till tour started. A very good time ,saw the old brewery then the new operation.All information just right,the history,where things came from how they were used and why, a good mix of the older operations and the new systems.A tipple or so afterwards and time for a... More 

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