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“Fascinating look into the past” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Bursledon
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Owner description: 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.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Fascinating look into the past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2014

Really enjoyed the open day here on Sunday. The staff are so enthusiastic about their site and very informative. Children can make their own bricks and ride on the two little trains, so can be kept entertained. The displays are well laid out and the big machinery fascinating, even for a girlie like me.

Visited August 2014
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Poole, United Kingdom
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806 reviews
480 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

I visited on a Thursday and it was reasonably quiet. It is a very interesting museum focusing on the manufacture of bricks but with a lot more besides. There was a small exhibition on WW1 upstairs when I visited which was an added bonus. There was work going on preparing future displays and there are still things like the mechanical excavators that are awaiting restoration but for me I prefer to see the original. It is run by volunteers who are extremely friendly and helpful. It will take a bit of time to be fully up and running but for me personally a lovely place to absorb local history. I loved the old end-of -the-pier type machines next to the cafe that you can still play. Good value for money and worth a visit.

Visited August 2014
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Derbyshire
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A return visit.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

We first visited 2 years ago when the museum was just getting going. They were waiting to hear if they had been successful in obtaining a Lottery Grant. What a difference, the grant was obtained. A lot of work has been carried out and it is a work in progress. We found the film about the last employees to work at the brickworks interesting and quite sad. Our only criticism would be to sound proof that area, as at one point because of someone interacting with a child at the other end of the shed we couldn't hear the film. Having said that, it is child friendly and would not want people to think otherwise. We will definitely pay another visit.

Visited August 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nostalgic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Lovely place to visit, can be very nostalgic if your my age.. Enjoyed seeing all the Engines. Queen Victoria the Aveling and Porter such a Beauty. If you have kids give them a day out , The Museum is just Fab and shows the History of the Brickworks.

Visited May 2014
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Newhaven, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Interesting Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were lucky enough to have a guided tour which we found excellent. The last remaining steam brickworks in the country. Well worth a visit. It has an excellent Cafe where they do good sandwiches and cakes.

Visited July 2014
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