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“Nostalgic” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Bursledon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is all set to become one of the key visitor attractions in the South. The only remaining steam driven brickworks in the country we show how brick making made the leap from small scale production to 20 million bricks a year. The fully restored and working machinery helped us to win the coveted Institute of Mechanical Engineering Heritage Award in 2011 and on Open Days we can show it all running as it was when it ceased producing bricks. On site you can see the patented method adopted to dry the bricks and the huge kiln block that was used to fire them ready for collection. The museum has other clay based collections on site and lots of opportunities on offer which makes a visit both enjoyable and educational.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

Lovely place to visit, can be very nostalgic if your my age.. Enjoyed seeing all the Engines. Queen Victoria the Aveling and Porter such a Beauty. If you have kids give them a day out , The Museum is just Fab and shows the History of the Brickworks.

Visited May 2014
Thank VintageAl
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English first
Newhaven, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Interesting Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

We were lucky enough to have a guided tour which we found excellent. The last remaining steam brickworks in the country. Well worth a visit. It has an excellent Cafe where they do good sandwiches and cakes.

Visited July 2014
Thank Caroline H
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Dursley, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Hidden corner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

We found this by chance, passing the sign off the main road and luckily arriving on a day it was open- check before visiting as opening times are limited. The museum is small and run on a shoestring by a group of very dedicated a volunteers. Who knew bricks could be so interesting? History, engineering and art all combine to make this a fascinating little gem.
There is even a small teashop serving delicious home made cakes and good tea at very reasonable prices.

Visited July 2014
Thank jane j
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“burseldon brickworks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

We went on the off chance, and were very surprised. It was far more interesting than we thought. There were other things than bricks, and we were able to make our own brick.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank jenzeySouthampton
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Stuck what to do with 3 boys who needed to be kept interested with some things hands on. Not wishing to travel far (battle with holiday traffic) and boys fed up with 'another indoor play center' I searched for something different. Well I didn't have to look far and what a fantastic hidden gem, right on our doorstep. Right from the start this place didn't fail to deliver a friendly service. I had no preconceptions of what to expect but this was an eye opening experience. We arrived for opening time (I wasn't sure how busy it gets) and as we were the first customers and on paying our entry (3 members of staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and supported the boys enthusiasm for what was to come). One of them offered us a personal tour of the museum. He went through the wwhole place, room by room, teaching us the history of everything that involves creating bricks. All of us were taken back by the work that goes into making a brick. We take it for granted, used to seeing it everywher, part of our every day life that we never take time to stop and think what actually goes into the things that create the shell of our homes. Suitable for primary age children and adults alike this was one fantastic, learning day out. Upstairs in their roof space they have a level were there are 'hands on' activity stations. Each table has a different activity from basic clay toy bricks, wooden shapes to up to date lego, to allow children to use their imagination and create their own buildings. This kept them busy and occupied. The play area is small but perfect for the younger customer who needs to let of some energy whilst the adults grab a hot drink and a bite t I eat from the coffee shop. Well this another hidden gem. Everything is homemade and amazing. Bacon sandwiches are second to none and are highly recommended. After the pit stop back into the museum, not only can you go back to a room you fancy seeing again but there are more activities for the children. In one of the large bunkers you get the opportunity to make your own brick or build a mini wall. All a fantastic opportunity to get hands on.

It's not a huge museum but it's enough for a day out for the family. The staff work hard to keep this going and their enthusiasm for this hidden gem is evident in this place. They are proud of keeping an old heritage and local history alive.

Thank you for a wonderful experience. They say you learn something new every day and we certainly did here.

Visited April 2014
4 Thank fredpresto
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