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“A hidden gem”

Anson Engine Museum
Ranked #82 of 340 things to do in Cheshire
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Owner description: It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many attractions but over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognized as one of the country's leading specialist museums. Situated in Higher Poynton, the museum is on the site of the old Anson Colliery. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. However, it is increasingly becoming a "must visit" attraction for non-enthusiasts too and won the "Visitors Choice" award (voted for by the public) when they were asked "where would you take a visitor to the Macclesfield area"? As well as the largest collection of engines in Europe, the museum also has changing displays of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementos and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery. Open one weekend a month in 2015.
Reviewed 10 October 2013

This was our second visit to a wonderful museum with a marvellous collection of over 250 engines be it gas, diesel, oil, petrol or steam (one of the largest collections in Europe) many of which are in working order.With knowledgeable experts on hand to explain the backgrounds and workings the time spent there went all too quickly. In addition to the various engines there is also lots of engineering history together with a huge topographical model of the area c1900 showing the site of the collieries and railways at the time. There is also a Craft Centre where monthly demonstrations are given by wood turners and blacksmiths,The two and a half hours that we as a mixed group of 24 males and females spent there was not long enough-we will return!
We are fortunate that it is less than 30 minutes from home so it is on the list of things to do -again.

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Our day at the Anson Engine Museum was brilliant. A collection of unique hisotrical engines plus wide range of engineering history, that would be worth a visit alone.

The enthusiastic experts, who bring all this to life running the equipment and explaining the technical details make Anson a facinating experience. I would recomment it to anyone, from a young child to experienced engineers including experienced engine designers. Where else could you see the first ever engines running, finally properly understand the Deltic and appreciate the unique configuration of the Bentley/VW W12?

Top Gear could and should do a brilliant episode on this museum alone!

1  Thank Tom O
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

As an ex engineer I like all things mechanical. The Anson Engine Museum is a blast from the past, having, gas, petrol, oil, diesel and everybodies favourite steam engines. Many are in full working order, and displays are given around the different sheds every thirty minutes or so. Quite an experience seeing really old single cylinder engines being utilised by belts around pulleys, lifting heavy weights, or driving lathes. Old names from the past like Petter, Lister, Gardner, MAN, Otto, Crossley, Mirrlees, right up to a modern six litre Bentley engine. In the yard behind the engine sheds you can find a smithy at his forge, also a wood bodger turning out wooden spindles for chair legs. There is also a small cafe/tearoom, take your own mug if you dislike paper cups. Also a room is dedicated to a model village of Poynton and it's coal pits circa 1900.

1  Thank Bob H
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

A must for enthusiasts but a lot for non-enthusiasts like myself too. Lots indoors so good for a rainy day, exceptionally dedicated and knowledgeable staff who must run the place on a shoe string but offer a warm welcome to all. The cafe serves hot drinks in polystyrene cups and a range of pre-packaged snacks but does not do meals. Regular displays from blacksmith, bodging etc. There are even complimentary 'emergency supplies' in the loo...a lovely place that is well worth a visit!

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Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

Visited with low expectations as I'm generally not too enthusiastic about industrial museums but was amazed by how good this place is.
Geoff is a fantastic fount of engine knowledge and his enthusiasm brings the place to life.
Lots of running engines, not too much health and safety claptrap allows you to get up close to all the exhibits.
The way the museum guides you through the development of the internal combustion engine is excellently thought through.

2  Thank strudwick
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