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Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

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Amazing place, a slice of recent history that is almost forgotten

I can remember the gas works, every town had one, it had a nasty smell and seemed to be a... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Very unusual museum

The museum is based on a coal gas works as it was when production was phased out with the advent of... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Hempton Road, Fakenham NR21 7LA, England
+44 7470 341402
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This museum's website is misleading and inaccurate, while they state "The museum is now closed for the winter season and will open again in March 2018" this is followed by.................... Museum Opening Times Throughout the year the museum will be open to visitors on Thursday...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

I can remember the gas works, every town had one, it had a nasty smell and seemed to be a mysterious and dangerous place then all of a sudden between 1965 and 1970 they all disappeared! This museum tells the story of how town gas...More

1  Thank ShropshireOldfart
Reviewed 18 August 2017

The museum is based on a coal gas works as it was when production was phased out with the advent of North Sea Gas. Included in the exhibits are many examples of domestic and commercial meters and gas appliances. The staff are all volunteers and...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2016

Fakenham Gas Museum sounds like a bit of a joke and features regularly in lists of oddball attractions, so we were prepared to be a bit underwhelmed, but our experience was just the opposite. It's really informative, with lots of industrial plant which extracted the...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Many have forgotten the years of coal gas and the miners that gave their lives to mine the coal to produce the gas for lighting, heating and cooking. An eye opener to young people who have no concept of the former years

1  Thank Nww58
Reviewed 3 June 2016

We visited the Museum Of Gas and found it a very interesting way to spend an hour or two. The volunteer staff couldn't have been any more friendly and helpful. They were also very knowledgeable on the gas making process and other topics too. Who...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 20 November 2015

We are very fortunate to have this unique museum in Fakenham. If you visit make sure you watch the introductory video first, it puts everything else in context and you can get so much more out of the visit. We were fortunate that Dr Bridges...More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 14 October 2015

This place is run by volunteers, its free to get in but of course they rely on donations. You start off by seeing a short video, then you are personally escorted round by very knowledgeable staff. My husband loved the retort which is still in...More

1  Thank fluer d
Reviewed 21 September 2015

This may be a small museum, but it gives a wonderful insight not only into the gas industry but also the history of Fakenham. The 'gas' section allows you to see all the processes for converting coal to gas, including a gasometer, retort house tar...More

Thank Roland T
Reviewed 16 September 2015

The Fakenham Gas Museum is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of town gas from coal, doesn't sound too interesting but a visit soon changed that impression. Access is easiest by motor vehicle although...More

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Ken F
7 August 2017|
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Opening hours tomorrow, Tuesday?