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Anson Engine Museum
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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.
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Curiosity824333
20 contributions
Excellent - go on open day, allow four hours
Oct 2019
We went on the final open day of 2019 when many engines are running. Just so much to see, and as an engineer I loved the desmodromic Sunbeam engine and the paddle streamer engine as static displays, and the 15 or 20 engines that were running, and huffing puffing and banging. Cafe has drinks and snacks.
Written 31 October 2019
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Ashley W
Whitnash, UK35 contributions
A wonderful day out
Sep 2019 • Friends
Been to the measuem a few times now but not for about 5 years or so I went today with my dad the amount that has changed was amazing they have a lot more running internal combustion engines the steam hall is now massive with around 10 running steam engines on steam days the staff/ vaulteeres were lovely kind and very very passionate and enthusiastic nothing was to much trouble very highly recommended to anyone with interest in historic machinery or for anyone wanting an interesting day out
Written 22 September 2019
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2Buxtonpeople
Buxton, UK31 contributions
Loved It this is an amazing place to visit if you love engines of all types
Aug 2019
We only found this little gem by accident and it is a pleasure to spend time with such passionate and dedicated people
It is well worth a visit if you like industrial history,
The demonstrations are great and we could easily have stayed all day
A small and clean area serves drinks and confectionery etc
The only negative was we nearly missed the entrance
we will go back again
Written 26 August 2019
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electrocutas
Scarborough, UK110 contributions
If you are interested in Engines THIS IS A MUST VISIT
Jun 2019 • Couples
The 2019 1000 engine Rally was cancelled but we decided to still head over and have a weekend visiting other items in the area. On Saturday lunchtime we arrived at The Anson Engine Museum,. It usually only opens Fridays and Sundays plus the odd special event.Its all run by volunteers and funded by donations.
The Engines on display are fantastic, some real rarities with many running, Steam Oil,Petrol Paraffin & Diesel. nice little cafe with tea and cakes.
Check opening times before visiting But if you are interested in engines and machinery the place is a MUST to visit.there is a small "Cinema" showing old film footage but Unfortunately We did not have time to visit that.
Although I missed the club Tent and stuff for sale at the 1000 engines,I actually enjoyed the museum more than looking round the field.
I cannot recommend it highly enough. All the people were friendly and the Engine guys had plenty of time to chat and answer questions
Written 25 June 2019
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gilbraund
Tewkebury28 contributions
Absolutely amazing
Jun 2019 • Couples
What a fantastic find! Travelling on the Macclesfield Canal and just happened to stop. We spent over 3 hours and could have easily stayed longer. Will certainly come back when engines are in steam. The knowledge and enthusiasm of all the volunteers is impressive. There is everything from the first steam engines to the Deltic Diesel and loads more.
Hundreds of engines plus a working forge (though sadly not today!) and a Bodgers workshop complete with working pole lathes.
Can't recommend highly enough
Written 2 June 2019
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Barry H
Stockport, UK5,879 contributions
A great place for a afternoon out
Jun 2019 • Family
I had been to this museum previously around 10 years ago. It is fairly well signposted with numerous brown signs. It is out on a country lane, but is easy enough to locate. I am guessing it would be difficult to get to using public transport.

We received a discount for the carer of a disabled child. Other adults were £5.00 each and £2.50 for children.

There are various halls to go around with various industrial engines of different shapes and sizes, lots which were built in Manchester. Alongside each engine were information sections, some were operating hearing and seeing the pulleys, and levers and belts going around. Various volunteers located across the museum. Great interesting displays of how a car engine works, also machines where you could cut out your name, and brass rubbings for children.

Loads to see and do, a good section on the railway history of Poynton. Open on fridays, saturdays and sundays. It is recommended to go on special events days as more machines are operational.

Well worth a visit if in the area.
Written 2 June 2019
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Barbs G
Stockport, UK253 contributions
Wonderful!!
Apr 2019 • Couples
Visited this museum today and what a wonderful surprise. For anyone in the area and particularly if you are interested in engines it is a must. Wonderful experience, my father worked for many years at mirrlees so it was extra good to see what I hAd heard so much about. There is also an amazing model landscape of Poynton, very detailed and interesting and made me realise all the pits etc and industry there was in Poynton. Well done to everyone of the wonderful volunteers.
Written 22 April 2019
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booty3
London, UK78 contributions
Little Gem
Oct 2018 • Couples
This museum has a wonderful collection of old engines. Very informative displays and a good coverage of the local history.
Written 15 October 2018
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Paul S
Derbyshire, UK28 contributions
Amazing place
Sep 2018 • Friends
If you have any interest in engines, engineering or the history of the countries development from the horse era this is the place for you. An astounding collection of steam and early oil and gas engines through diesel and petrol engines that powered machines and vehicles from the 1800's. We saw working steam and oil engines working as well as many other exhibits and a mine of information as well. My only grumble, a small one, is that although the cafe served good tea and coffee at a very reasonable price the selection of snacks was very limited.
Written 23 September 2018
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LesleyandClive
Maidenhead, UK359 contributions
Hidden gem - great day out
Aug 2018 • Couples
We were lucky enough to visit on a day when the museum was running its steam exhibits and craft demonstrations. We found the displays interesting, varied and well presented and the volunteers very friendly and helpful.

There is a small cafe with reasonably priced drinks and snacks and some souvenir and related gift items on sale.
Written 2 September 2018
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