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Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Swanwick Lane | Swanwick, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 7GW, England
+44 1489 576248
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A great few hours of exploring brick making

My kids were not overly taken by the idea when it was suggested to them that we'd spend a wet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
littles140
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Southampton, United Kingdom
A gem of a museum which deserves to be better known

Visited with two grandchildren aged 11 and 9. Really interesting displays and lots of hands-on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PAULNANGE
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Southampton, England
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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.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Swanwick Lane | Swanwick, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 7GW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids were not overly taken by the idea when it was suggested to them that we'd spend a wet sunday at a brick works.....how wrong they were! We were greeted by friendly and knowledgable volunteers, they immediately were taught how to make brinks and...More

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Your children are not alone - it is one of the biggest challenges we face! Very glad you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will come back one day when we are in steam.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with two grandchildren aged 11 and 9. Really interesting displays and lots of hands-on stuff for the kids: they can even make their own brick at the end, and they loved the vintage slot machines. The whole site is a fascinating piece of industrial...More

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the museum and for your lovely comments. Very glad you are coming back again as it is exciting seeing the machinery all working.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An incredible piece of history - extremely reasonable admission price, exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable staff. The exhibits themselves are interesting and tell the story of brick making methods from years gone by - whether mechanically minded or not, this place really has something for everyone,...More

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

Well a brickworks does not sound that interesting however the museum open you up to a total history of most favourite building material the brick. The last remaining functioning steam brickworks. Certainly a must and a regular outing for us!

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us...we love bricks as well!

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

Had a fun family day out at the Brickworks on their Christmas event day. It was half price entry which was cheap enough anyway. The staff / helpers are so helpful and accomadating, and very chatty about the works & museum. It was a great...More

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

We are so glad you had a good day. The volunteers love showing the place to visitors and we will relay your kind words to them. Hopefully we will see you again soon.

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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Visited today for their Christmas open day. We took our 2 year old grandson who was in heaven, traction engines, trains, tractors all steaming away. The museum is fascinating with lots of the original equipment on view and lots of historical information. The cafe served...More

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review. So glad your little grandson enjoyed the visit and hopefully it will be the first of many! We love it when we have all the traction engines, trains etc. running as well.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

I spotted an article that spoke of the old brickworks at Bursledon and checked out their website to find that they were holding one of there steam up days so went along. There were an amazing number of steam engine all steamed up huffing and...More

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Firstly, thanks so much for taking the time to review the museum and for giving us 5*. The cafe is always a problem on our big event days - it is so hard trying to get a cafe designed for 40 suddenly geared up to...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Pleasantly surprised at how interesting this place is to visit. Who knew there was so much to learn about how bricks are made! Plenty for children to get involved in and also a cafe on site. I would highly recommend a visit to this place.

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the museum. It makes all the difference to everyone here.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This museum shows how bricks were made in the 19 th century, firstly by hand, and then by machine at the end of the century by machines. The machine is run by a large steam engine which has been restored and is steamed up on...More

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. It is so helpful for us.

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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Bursledon brick museum is a working victorian brick establishment using steam power to make the bricks and the last one in the country to do so. Located in the village of Swanwick, close to Southampton, this is an interesting museum to visit.

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BursledonBrickw, Manager at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It really helps us.

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Oliver B
3 September 2017|
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Response from AndyBarrow1948 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Most of the attraction is under cover.
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Bexcousins
22 August 2016|
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Response from BursledonBrickw | Property representative |
Yes, but they will need to dry out so you need to be a bit careful with them!
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Keith M
31 May 2016|
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Response from BursledonBrickw | Property representative |
Ooops - we missed this question. Yes, dogs on leads are very welcome. We have no problem with them inside and outside the museum. The only place we can't let them go is in the cafe itself but even then there is plenty of... More
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