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Go when it is in steam

We went last Easter after checking that all was running. Several static engines were steaming and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Glynn D
A little gem!

On arrival, Mum & I were offered a choice of wandering or a free guided tour with Stephen. We chose... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
SJC_65_12
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Just 1/4 mile from A38 Burton North junction. Brown signs from junction but not on A38
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Meadow Lane | Stretton, Burton upon Trent, England
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+44 1283 509929
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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

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

2  Thank nicola b
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

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

1  Thank GreekGeek16
Reviewed 30 August 2018

We managed to get to the site just as they opened so had a better chance than most to chat with the enthusiasts that run this site. It is just awsome that all this engineering was dedicated to sewage! The beam engines are majestic and...More

Thank KeithR693
Roy B, Active supporter at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Many thanks for your helpful comments. We are always trying to improve the visitor experience.

Reviewed 29 August 2018

Have taken children on school visits for a number of years. Kids love the hands-on nature of the experience. We always go when there is steaming. Volunteer staff are charming, knowledgeable and lovely with the children. I love seeing the huge beam engine, steam-driven tools...More

1  Thank Jill C
Roy B, Active supporter at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Many thanks for your review. We are very keen to prevent the site from being a static visitor attraction. However, we are also aware that our customers interests and needs differ and we try to respond to this. Hope to see you again.

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Went today for the steaming when they have it going. All really enjoyed it including an 11 year old. Friendly knowledgeable people happy to talk and answer questions. Not amazing but a really interesting place to go.

1  Thank Chris P
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Some of the best live steam engines, i've seen a big thank you to all the staff and supporters. Content: four beam engines by Gimson of Leicester 1885, Five boilers Thompson 1936-37, Steam driven workshop give a great sense of how things were made, Forge...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Today we have witnessed a truly remarkable achievement of restoration. 25 years of dedication from over 350+ volunteers. Engineers that want to maintain traditional British engineering skills and stop them from dying out. I have never seen a working museum as good as this in...More

3  Thank Sharpmyster
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cunnisto
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.
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Michael B
25 January 2017|
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Response from Roy B | Property representative |
This voluntary run visitor attraction is open every Thursday and Saturday. See website for steaming dates. Thanks & hope to see you
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