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“Don't Miss This!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

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
Burton on Trent
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140 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

I went to the pumping station over the May Bank Holiday with my husband. We're neither of us particularly interested in steam or engineering but you don't have to be to enjoy the experience. We were blown away by the sheer size of the wheel in the C & D engine house - I was stood staring with my mouth open! The work that the volunteers have put into restoration is incredible. We loved the visit. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We also enjoyed the tea and homemade cakes. I bake weekly but whoever made the lemon sponge for Sunday made a delicious cake! We've been on the website since and think that we'll become 'friends' of the pumping station to help just a little with ongoing restoration.

Visited May 2013
Thank Mandy B
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good family day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

We took four children (aged 10, 9, 5 and 3) to their steam day on bank holiday Monday and they had a thoroughly good time.
The "rat trail" gave them a purpose to visit all parts of the museum and the volunteers treated them wonderfully. Despite being quizzed about aspects of the pumping station by all children the coped with "how does that..." from the older ones to "what's that one called..." from the littlest, they answered and encouraged them without patronising or dismissing them as so often happens in places run by volunteers.
Definitely worth the entrance fee.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Unexpected Surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Nice day out and interesting history lesson. I was amazed by the dedication and hard work of the volunteers to keep this place going. Definitely worth a visit if in the area.

Visited May 2013
Thank kpang37209
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Stretton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“day out with the family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

go back in time!
great day out and value for money.
easy to find
find more details out on the web site.

Visited May 2013
Thank andrew p
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great industrial heritage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

Been to Claymills today as it is "Steaming" - they only have steaming days a few times during the year (mainly over the bank holidays I think) and it was amazing. I couldn't believe how big the engines are! And there are lots of smaller engines dotted around the site as well, along with engineering workshop, blacksmith and carpenter. Considering the size of the beam engine, it was so peaceful with just the gentle noise of the steam and the well oiled machinery moving up and down. I took my dad who thoroughly enjoyed it. The heritage of the site is great - they have managed to get nearly all of the machinery originally in the pumping station back on site from the various museums or private collections they we sold to when the site closed in the 1970s. That alone is a fantastic feat of research, but to then get a great team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to get everything working again is just wonderful. Well done to everyone involved in this mammoth task! There's a little café on site selling drinks and cakes and a few pasties and sandwiches. The volunteers are all very knowledgeable and make the visit really interesting and they are looking to the future and getting the other beam engines working. It's been a really lovely way to spend a couple of hours.

Visited May 2013
Thank Helen D
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