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Excellent bank holiday outing

Pumping station is open every bank holiday and is at full steam. a step back in time with the steam... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Very interesting place

Attended with my husband last Saturday and found it an extremely interesting place. We were unsure... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rugby, United Kingdom
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A fascinating site that gives you a real chance to get to grips with the steam technology that drove the Industrial Revolution. Four large beam engines, nearly 30 other steam engines, large steam driven workshop where you can “have a go”. Only 1/4...more
Meadow Lane | Stretton, Burton upon Trent DE13 0DA, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Pumping station is open every bank holiday and is at full steam. a step back in time with the steam boilers running the water pumps and steam run machines in the workshop

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended with my husband last Saturday and found it an extremely interesting place. We were unsure what to expect but were taken on a detailed tour of the premises which included the boiler room, machine room and blacksmith forge. Many parts of the premises have...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Currently visiting the area. Found this online and it said open Thursday and Saturday for static viewing 10am - 5pm. When we got there every building was locked with padlocks, nobody was around to ask and it looked you can only enter the buildings on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Whi22
AKP60, Public Relations Manager at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

On behalf of The Claymills Pumping Engines Trust can I apologise for your wasted journey which I assume was on Thursday January 3rd. Unfortunately we don't have anyone working in the gate house on non steaming days to specifically welcome visitors but volunteers are always...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We actually went here last year and found it very interesting. The volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and because it wasn't busy that day a volunteer took us on a personal guided tour! Well worth a visit!

Date of experience: January 2018
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Roy B, Tripadvisor manager at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review. I’m really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again. Steaming Dates can be found on our web site.

Reviewed 23 November 2018

Unlike so many attractions that need good weather Claymills come sinto its own when it is cold / raining. Those massive boilers and copious amounts of steam are fabulous at any time of year - but even more so when it's cold outside. A great...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Steven S
Reviewed 9 November 2018

We went last Easter after checking that all was running. Several static engines were steaming and the maintenance workshop was very interesting. The big pumping engines are fantastic. They started one up and a 50 ton flywheel moves around driving large linkages - would have...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Glynn D
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

On arrival, Mum & I were offered a choice of wandering or a free guided tour with Stephen. We chose the tour and it was an absolute delight. The site is amazing, the work done by the volunteers is staggering and the overall experience is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank SJC_65_12
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

I live locally and had known about the restoration but not visited. Wow! There is far more to see than I ever imagined, what an array of engines, small to super big. All were impressive, only eclipsed by the volunteers who made the whole site...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

Although you can go at other times to the Pumping Station, it is only in steam for 13 weekends of the year so it is probably best to choose one of these times to see the full glory of the machinery working as it should....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank AnnieM452
Roy B, Publicity volunteer at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Many thanks for your kind remarks. We are always trying to improve our visitor experience so if you can think of anything that we could do better please let us know. Best wishes

Reviewed 18 September 2018

Happen to visit here on a rainy afternoon. Although not a steaming day it was a heritage day and my son and I were given a guided visit of the whole site by a volunteer enthusiast for over 2 hours. Can't believe you can be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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3 October 2018|
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Response from 126clints | Reviewed this property |
There was people with dogs walking around when we visited. All on a leash though. The working machinery may frighten a dog though and steam release etc.
Michael B
25 January 2017|
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Response from | Property representative |
This voluntary run visitor attraction is open every Thursday and Saturday. See website for steaming dates. Thanks & hope to see you