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Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum

Main Street, Ely CB7 4UN, England
+44 1353 688360
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Huge space full of Industrial Revolution Facts and Figures.

Although this museum is centred around an old pump (which they fire up) - there is so much more... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stuart G
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it was recommended but Could not get to see this as it is closed . Will try again on our next visit... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2018
Gillian S
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“fens” (14 reviews)
“waterway” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Main Street, Ely CB7 4UN, England
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+44 1353 688360
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this museum is centred around an old pump (which they fire up) - there is so much more industrial, fenland and local history. Loads to See!

Thank Stuart G
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

it was recommended but Could not get to see this as it is closed . Will try again on our next visit to Cambridge

Thank Gillian S
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

This is a small, specialist museum giving a good overview of fen drainage from the 1640's onwards. Also houses a range of pumping engines.

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

This museum is great it has been our third year in a row for Ploughing Day. I would highly recommend and it is worth to visit here on special events during the year. The dogs are welcome.

Thank Fabiano V
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We arrived today hoping to spend an hour or two learning about the fens and the pumping station. We left with a rich understanding thanks to the very knowledgable volunteer who gave us some fantastic insights into its history and how the machines work. The...More

Thank C S
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Reviewed 14 May 2017

My experience is that few English know anything about the Fens, which is a pity. The museum is small, housed in an old pump house. The collection consists of old engines and pumps used to pump water from the fens into the numerous drains and...More

1  Thank Yuugi
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

My husband and I have been there twice since moving in the area two years ago. As an engineer with a keen interest in machines, he was bound to be fascinated. As someone with zero interest in that field, I fully expected to sleep with...More

3  Thank happycamperanywhere
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

you walk into a world of drainage history.the fens were originally drained by the Dutch so that farm practices could be developed and this Museum will show you how the drains or waterways were hand dug and then maintained and show the equipment used to...More

Thank Fred W
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Went here on the whim of my husband, Can't say I was enthusiastic but I left here impressed and interested in the topic. My two children were kept entertained by the engines and the information was at a height and in simple enough language for...More

1  Thank sarahrobinsongreene
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

Visit on Ploughing Day events for the second time, Excellent little museum with Cafe, Steam Engine pump and display classic vehicle, tractors and etc. it depend on which event it is. I would recommend for everyone to visit this place.

1  Thank Fabiano V
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