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Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
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Owner description: Just 1/4 mile from A38 Burton North junction. Brown signs from junction but not on A38
East Midlands
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114 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Really Great How the People Care”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Visited on a steaming day so there were lots of volunteers to ask about the place. They were fantastic, kind polite and knowledgable, and above all interested. Much better than a number of sites where the staff seem to see turning up a bit of a chore.

We were lucky enough to time it perfectly and actually watch them start the beam engine it was incredible, like watching a huge animal start breathing.

Great place to take older kids for a couple of hours.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Staffordshire
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Step back in time to the age of steam and beam engines”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

This felt like stepping back in time to the age of steam, just being in the pump house with the machinery plodding away with awesome power was a real experience. Outside my daughter took a ride on a mini steam train which she loved. Places like this fire the imagination in kids and it's great to see the machinery working and steaming and wheeshing rather than being idle in a museum - great family day out especially when it's 'in steam'.

Visited May 2012
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not what you might expect!”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Very engaging experience of a time when engineering knew no bounds!

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BURTON ON TRENT, STAFFS
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32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Unexpected little gem in our town”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

An amazing insight into the history of our town. Fabulous guides full of knowledge and enthusiasm. Really worth a look, particularly on "steaming days" so that you can see the huge restored pump in all it's glory and compare it to the unrestored version!

Visited January 2012
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UK
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55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“You must go!”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

Lived in burton over 40 years and didn't bother checking this out till last month....I was missing a national treasure! It is superb and I highly recommend you go and take a visit.
If you like steam, engines and proper British ingenuity and craftsmanship then this is the place.
Great, informative tours, and just a beauty of the industrial age.
Make sure you check the web site and go on a day when they are steaming for the best experience.
YOU MUST VISIT!

Visited May 2012
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