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“"Freds Kingdom" yes "we did like that "”

Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre
Ranked #2 of 53 things to do in Bolton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We visited inSeptember 2010 having prebooked and paid the sum of £12.00 each a couple of days before.The centre is actually quite small and if you have seen some of the t.v progs as quite a drop down to the river making it more amazing how Fred built his small empire there plus the steep gradient he had to overcome with his engine and roller.It is a very interesting place and it just looks as though Fred has just popped out, maybe to the pub, the only things that are missing are Fred the roller,the engine and land rover even some of his Fred style jumpers are hung up in the engine shed,a little mucky and burnt though.The guide and owner of the Heritage Centre Leon escorts you around and tells stories and tales about Fred whilst he is doing this plus more tales in the engine shed.The visit was made better due to Mrs Shelia Dibnah being there at the time,a lovely lady also with lots to say about Fred, she also showed us around the ground floor of the house,a good and memorable couple of hours.I believe the Heritage Centre is for sale as now (2013) for the sum of £1.25 million.When we left we paid our respects to Fred and visited his grave,not an elaborate grave but adorned with cans of guiness,spanners ,nuts and bolts and rivets. R.I.P. Fred we miss you.

3  Thank b j w
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre

Situated less than a mile outside Bolton town centre you will find the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre.
If you liked Fred, If you like Britain’s industrial heritage. Or if you just like rust, then this is the place for you.

It is quite a small place all tours are guided so you have to book in advance.
You get a fascinating insight in to the mind of one of northern England's greatest characters. Our guide, Leon, could I am sure have told tales of Fred and his antics well in to the night, but the tour lasted two hours and I think that's about right for most people.

His house and yard are preserved Fred style so don't expect a museum, this was a working environment and is kept such, although how Fred found any of his tools is beyond me.
We started with a tour of the yard where we were told of Fred's plans, how he worked his ancient steam powered machines and made his parts for his projects and his steam engines.
We learned about his life as a steeplejack a bit about his home life too.
A welcome cup of tea was on hand and we made our way in to his house, then on to his main workshop for yet more tails of hitting chunks of iron with big hammers and getting filthy in the process. The smell of grease and oil and the heat from the wood burning boiler brought things to life.
If Fred Dibnah was the Elvis of Bolton then this is Graceland....Great Fun.

Don't forget to visit Fred's statue in Bolton town centre. A lovely little town and worth adding to your day out.

Enjoy!

4  Thank KayNob
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Passionate and friendly volunteers, very welcoming .They have so much knowledge that everyone needs to go learn whilst you can. It was a cold an wet day but where offered tea and biscuits and warm place to sit.

3  Thank buggy_bolton
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

If you are a fan of Fred Dibnah or just intereted in hearing a good story this is the place to go. The cost is £12 (in 2012) for which I and the group I was with were given a 2.1/2 tour of his workshops and house. During this time you hear stories about Fred and 'his ways'. All very amusing and recommended.

You need to book before you go as the number of visitors are limited and at the time I went their was 1 tour per day starting at 2pm.

Well recommended.

3  Thank Astro10
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Just visited and it was lovely, the guide was a big fan of Fred and very knowledgable with lots of stories. Free tea, coffee and biscuits included in the tour price. It was quirky and with the log burner and small gift shop it was a perfect way to spend a few hours on an autumn afternoon.

4  Thank 871Hreed
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