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Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum

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Unusual and Interesting

I had been before, sometime in the 80's, when this place was newly established and had little to... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2018
Malcolm B
Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
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 18 June 2018
Stuart G
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

I had been before, sometime in the 80's, when this place was newly established and had little to see. This time there was more to see than time to see it so I need to return.

Thank Malcolm B
Reviewed 18 June 2018

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
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
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.

Thank nicholaswalks
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
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
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
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
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
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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