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“All Fred Dibnah fans!”

Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre
Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in Bolton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

We have just got back from our tour around Fred's place. This was a surprise birthday present for my Dad, whilst we'd all seen Fred on telly he was a real admirer and so he was chuffed with this as a present. The day itself was great, the place is full to brimming with all of his bits and bobs, the chimney he built and the mine shaft in his back garden are amazing. Alf was good enough to talk us through the experience, many laughs amongst genuine admiration for the craftsmanship and skill involved. This is an insight into a bygone time where a lot of the skills and knowledge are at risk of being lost forever. We listened to lots of funny stories about Fred and his shannagans.
We took our son along who at the age of 6 needed some distraction, Leon found some things for him to play with and he was happy to play around, better for slightly older children perhaps, having said that as most of it is outside as long as they are kept occupied they will be fine.
Thanks Leon for a great day, my Dad absolutely loved it. I hope you achieve everything you want to with the Heritage Centre and preserve for the future. Great work

6  Thank JarvisJ118
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freddibnahtours, Owner at Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2014

Thank you very much for the reviw Jackie glad your dad and in fact all of you enjoyed your tour, its always a pleasure showing visitors around this amazing part of English heritage and we look forward to seeing you again when we are back in steam, watch this space folk.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

The five of us all agreed that this was an interesting way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. The man with the vision is Leon, and the wealth of stories, brings the place to life. The tour is restricted to the gardens and workshops at present, so it was a little disappointing that we didn't get to see inside Fred's house- but we were told of the reason behind this.
You must book in advance and make sure you are on a guided tour.
I will be interested to revisit in a couple of years to see if the progress to steam activity is maintained.

7  Thank Dave B
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

OK for one visit not a lot there really just rusting machines and not much else , Alf Molyneux gave a great talk about his life on the road with Dear old Fred , not woth a second visit unless theres some kind of steam activity going on, Freds gone and his place will never be the same without him

14  Thank 323markoni
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freddibnahtours, Owner at Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

We are sorry you were not as impressed as the majority of our visitors are, the ultimate aim is to return the centre to steam but this of course takes time, Fred spent 27 years bringing his engines back to life, it wont however take us that long, in the meantime we feel its a little harsh to say there is not much to see here, i am sure fred would be very disappointed to hear that the 40 years he spent here amounted to "not much" but thank you for taking the trouble to post a review.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Great couple of hours here, four of us went as a surprize for Dad's birthday..... Note, you have to phone and book in advance (Council rules). We previously read Frd's book and watched recently some videos including the removal of Fred's engines etc... all very good as it builds up the interest and understanding ready for visiting.
A good tip is to visit where Fred lived as a child (Alfred Street, not too far away) whilst this is a private street, it is obviously possible to see Fred's chimney that he built on his parents house and where Fred had his first traction engine - great fun
The guy running the centre tells great stories and you get plenty of time to look around on the guided tour (we had the pleasure of having Fred's friend Alf there too, real 1st hand stories from Alf too)
Good cup of tea, nice warm-up in the shed and a great couple of hours...
Full support to the owners to keep this site open for the future!!!
Thanks

5  Thank Jackie C
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

After watching and thoroughly enjoying Fred on the TV for many years it was only apt we visit his home when visiting the area. On arrival we were greeted by Leon the current owner of Fred's home and made to feel very welcome as I imagine you would have if Fred himself had been present ! Leon's amazing passion for the property and Fred very quickly becomes apparent and he has an immense amount of stories about both it and Fred. We were also lucky on our tour to be joined by Alf who also provides vast information on both "the garden mine" , his time spent with "Fred" and their exploits in the making of the TV programmes and their steam trips on "Betsy". The garden is like a junkyard but everything has it's place and many a man could spend day's I'm sure looking round and understanding all the bits and pieces. Entry to the lower house for tea & coffee (extra £) is a nice touch and lets you explore another side of Fred.The 3 hours we spent went by in a flash and was an excellent way to spend the afternoon. It just seems such a shame that Bolton City Council seem uninterested in helping in anyway to preserve the memory of it's very special son !!

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