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“Curious and fascinating”

Crampton Tower Museum
Ranked #16 of 29 things to do in Broadstairs
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a slightly eclectic mix of railway ephemera (model and real), housed in a very interesting water tower. As with these sorts of attractions, it's staffed by knowledgeable and likeable coves. You look at several model railway exhibits, including one of Broadstairs railway station of yesteryear, cleverly reconstructed. I'll be honest; as an attraction, the NRM in York doesn't offer a huge amount more..

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

An unusual and interesting water tower that houses a history of trains/trams/Broadstairs. In the shed before you go to the tower, there is a selection of model railways, all with buttons to press, so you can watch the trains going round. The beehive is also worth a quick look, though there is very little in there. Stand directly in the centre of the building and speak, to get a strange audio experience.

2  Thank Sue M
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Ideal for model railway enthusiasts. For the rest of us, fascinating to learn a bit about Crampton, a Broadstairs Brunel. But it requires reading lots of poor typescript information.

2  Thank DeeHerts
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

We recently went to this museum and found the staff friendly and informatiive. There was a lot of information and facts for such a small space and there were good activities for children also.
If we lived in this area we would definitely become volunteers. Looking forward to our next visit.
Keep up the good work!

1  Thank Ken S
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We visited the Crampton Tower Museum on a wet Summer afternoon with 2 grumpy children (7 & 4) not honestly expecting moods to be improved. However we were so pleasantly surprised that I have been forced to register with this site just to pass on details of this hidden gem! The train layouts are far better than that of the nearby Hornby visitor centre, and include a hands on 00 gauge Thomas and Percy set for the children with cars, buildings, dinosaurs etc for the children to play with. They also have various quizzes for the children; so whilst my 4 year old was hunting for mice, my 7 year old was busy counting and hunting for answers to his quiz sheet. The museum is set in 4 different historic buildings which are of interest in themselves, along with their content. The staff (who I believe are all volunteers) are friendly and helpful and a real asset to the museum.

2  Thank Joanne K
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