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Address: Anson Road | Poynton, SK12 1TD, England
Phone Number:
+44 1625 874426

It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many...

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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Amazing Engines!

Great museum, well laid out, lots to see. It was much bigger than I though and you get free talks and demonstrations by a dedicated bunch of enthusiasts. Running huge industrial... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2016
Paul S
London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

Great museum, well laid out, lots to see. It was much bigger than I though and you get free talks and demonstrations by a dedicated bunch of enthusiasts. Running huge industrial diesels, I learned thing I didn't know and I though I knew about engines. Goes from the very first engines right through to the present day. An excellent couple... More 

Thank Paul S
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

I would have never believed my wife could enjoy a visit to an 'engine' museum, or I with little knowledge, merely curiosity, find it so interesting. Firstly there is lots to see covering not just the 'oily bits' but also the art, history and some broadly associated crafts. Add to this really interested and communicative volunteers with may working exhibits,... More 

Thank GFJH
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a longer stay than we expected to. Plenty to see and really friendly staff to help the experience be enjoyable. The surprise was that as well as engines, there was a craft section and a fantastic model of the area c1900. It was a great lesson in the history of the period.

Thank paul l
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

This museum far exceeded our expectations. Amazing how much there is to see; includes small cinema, wonderful scale model of Poynton area, circa 1900. Enthusiastic and interesting guides. Well worth a visit. A wonderful history of our industrial heritage of the times when we lead the world, preserved by a group of dedicated enthusiasts.

Thank Lucylou16
Armitage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

It was our first visit to The Anson but we will return to one of their Special Events. Plenty to see and for engineers a real treat to see so many engines and exhibits, it helped me understand some things which had puzzled me in the past. The attendants who run the place are very willing to talk and explain... More 

Thank Cyril C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

This is my Dads favourite museum. He worked as an engineer all his life and knew a lot about the engines here that were mostly manufactured in Cheshire. The museum is arranged chronologically mostly, showing the development of different types of engines through time. There are all different types of engines some are running and on an open day there... More 

Thank rusty2112
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 21 September 2015

I could have spent all day at this great place but wife eventually got bored (after 3 hours)so we had to go. Engines running in every room and more outside too. Also craft demonstrations and local history so plenty to see. The volunteers were very keen to talk to you and discuss all aspects of engines and engineering. I will... More 

Thank moffy2015
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

I expected this to be a shed full of engines to look at but don't touch. What we were treated to was just that but the volunteers brought it alive. Engines were primed and started to whitty banter and stories. Staff were happy to wax lyrically about their passion for vintage engines of all shapes and sizes. Add to this... More 

Thank Jon D
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 August 2015

Having read some great reviews we were disappointed to find the place virtually deserted and hardly any engines running. Seemed to be staffed by cast of Last of the Summer Wine. They were all friendly when you spoke to them but sometimes it seemed we were interrupting their cosy chat when we had questions to ask. They suggested we come... More 

1 Thank M O
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

We went on a July Saturday, and it was quiet, but didn't deserve to be. Fascinating at lots of levels, even if you've only a passing interest in engines. Don't be put off by the rather confusing information on the website about when it's open. I think it's open every day across about March to October, with occasional special events... More 

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