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Great way to while away some time!

We visited on one of the open days with the pumping engine in steam. I hadn’t realised the centre... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
Great day out for steam nuts.

Wonderful open day run by volunteers. (Check their website for open days).The water wheel and steam... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2018
John G
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

We visited on one of the open days with the pumping engine in steam. I hadn’t realised the centre even existed until looking for somewhere to make up the “cultural” element of a friend’s birthday celebration. The centre hides its light under a bushel to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Wonderful open day run by volunteers. (Check their website for open days).The water wheel and steam engines are the main attraction but there were also vintage bicycles, motor bikes and a Hillman Minx car when we attended. They have a cafe with home made cakes.!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank John G
Reviewed 12 September 2017

It is well worth keeping an eye out for the Centre's Open Days - they are not to be missed. We visited the Centre on one in September 2017. The waterwheel and its companion steam engine are most impressive. As one might expect, they are...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Sc6874
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We visited on an open day when the waterwheel engine was in steam and many other old engines had been brought. Steam engines, gas engines, fascinating.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Jon R
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I went the centre on an open day & was really impressed by the huge working original equipment, working models & mini steam engines. Although not a large place I managed to spend a good couple of hours there.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

We visited on one of the special open days when they dressed up in Victorian clothes and had lots of interesting displays of vintage bicycles, steam equipment as well as the water wheel running. There is an excellent history of the site and of Sherborne...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank 621simonf
Reviewed 23 April 2016

I'm not a steam nut, but the sight of this powerful engine slogging away with a full head of steam is certainly impressive, but more fascinating to me is the extraordinary inventiveness of a Victorian engineer in designing a pump to lift clean water from...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank GeeJay9
Reviewed 28 January 2016

This is a very well kept attraction for visitors and locals alike - certainly worth visiting on their open days.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank hunterofhotels
Reviewed 29 July 2015

There's a giant Waterwheel, and a super steam engine to watch, and to learn the early history of distributing clean water around the town. Many of the old pipes are still in use, so they knew how to do things back then!

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank flyingbobalong
Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

Be aware this attraction isn't open all the time but the flags and signs will be out to show you where it is when it's open! When you get down to the waterworks it's worth it, there is the history of the whole town water...More

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