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This was an unexpected delight.

My mother in law lives in swanage so we have been going for twenty something years but we only... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2018
Marlow, United Kingdom
We visited and enjoyed it so much although it is Free we left a good donation

We drove to a car park by Norden station that charged us a set rate for all day although we had... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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A rebuilt Ball Clay Mine with exhibition of Artefacts. There is an opportunity to explore a reconstructed mine tunnel.
Norden Park & Ride | Nr Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5DW, England
+44 1929 481461
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All reviews norden station swanage railway mine shaft steam train narrow gauge park and ride voluntary donation per adult video footage re creation round the site drift mine little gem free attraction run by volunteers all ages day trip
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Reviewed 18 November 2018

My mother in law lives in swanage so we have been going for twenty something years but we only found this place yesterday. It was informative, fun and entertained three kids three adults and a dog. Short but well worth the donation price even a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nynaevee
Reviewed 11 October 2018

We drove to a car park by Norden station that charged us a set rate for all day although we had left within 3 hrs max. This lovely free!! yes free museum was so interesting telling us all about the clay mining that was done...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnRWebb
Reviewed 22 September 2018

If you are at Norden park and ride site then please be sure to visit this small museum, which is actually a relocation of a former ball clay drift mine that closed not long ago. There are lots of artefacts and equipment set up as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank michael m
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

After our trip on the Swanage railway, on our return to the Norden Park and ride car park we discovered this little gem. The kids loved the freedom of the open space and I, being an engineer, enjoyed everything associated with the mine and it’s...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AlanJ150
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Visited the museum before going on the swanage train at norden station entry is free with a recommended £1 donation per adult which is very reasonable for the upkeep of the museum, it isn’t the biggest museum and you can easily do it all in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank brianwE2290ZG
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Interesting little museum for all to enjoy and free! Amazed at the dedication and hard work of the volunteers

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Seema S
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Worth a look when departing the train at Norden, its free but you can leave a donation £1, interesting look how clay was mined, and all the things now made from clay.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank EarlsCourtTT1
Reviewed 29 July 2018

This is a free attraction adjacent to Norden Station on the Swanage Steam Railway. Very interesting place about how Purbeck ball clay was mined. Video footage of miners at work and transportation of the clay in narrow gauge trucks. Realistic tunnel to negotiate at the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JWB20
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Great place to visit show casing the local clay mining industry Very well laid out and no entrance charge Well worth a visit

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Eagle7345
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Wonderful little museum recording the unique ball clay workings ,and produce from,the pits and little rail lines around the area(when living at Kimmeridge and working Poole used to cross one such line at Creech every day).Hopefully it can expand even more with how the clay...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank John R
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