museums and attractions

Attractions in East Midlands

The East Midlands has an interesting mix of museums, transport centres, e.g. the East Anglian Transport Museum, and railways as well as bus and aviation museums, not forgetting a rich choice of windmills and canals.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions in the East Midlands area.

Canalside Heritage Centre

Weir Cottages, Canal Side,, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1LZ.
Tel: 0115 922 1773 .

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

It is a vibrant hub for visitors to enjoy and explore, with an interpretation centre, as well as blooming gardens and lots of activities to delight in.…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Framework Knitters Museum

Chapel Street, Ruddington , Nottinghamshire, NG11 6HE.
Tel: 0115 984 6914.

  • Part disabled access

A unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard with an adjacent former chapel in which many of the…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Mountsorrel & Rothley Community Heritage Centre

240 Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leicestershire, LE7 7SJ.
Tel: 0116 237 4591.

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  • Full disabled access

Within the Centre is the Heritage Room which has displays from the villages of Mountsorrel and Rothley which have a rich and varied past. There is too…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Cogglesford Mill

East Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7EQ.
Tel: 01529 413 671.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The present mill was mainly built in the early 18th century, but millers have produced flour on this site for over 1,000 years. This award winning building…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

North Leverton Windmill

Mill Lane, North Leverton, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0BA.
Tel: 01427 880 254 .

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  • Souvenir Shop

Built in 1813 by a group of local farmers, this is a unique windmill that has never stopped milling, it grinds flour and animal feeds regularly.

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Shardlow Heritage Centre

London Road, Shardlow, Derbyshire, DE72 2GA.
Tel: 01332 792 489.

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  • Part disabled access

Housed in the oldest of a group of 18th century canal warehouses, it tells the story of the village from Roman times to the present day with particular…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum

Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 3QT.
Tel: 01522 500 566.

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  • Full disabled access

Houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history. There are also many interesting…

Transport / Road

The Village Church Farm

Church Road South, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 2HF.
Tel: 01754 766 658.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Lincolnshire's only open air museum featuring a Grade II Listed farmhouse, mud & stud cottage and various other agricultural buildings of interest.

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Stonehurst Family Farm & Museum

Bond Lane, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, LE12 7AA.
Tel: 01509 413 216.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The motor museum forms part of a working family farm with animals and tractor/pony rides. It has a collection of motoring memorabilia, veteran, vintage…

Transport / Road

Swannington Incline

Main Street, Swannington, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 8QN.
Tel: 0000.

Part of the Leicester & Swannington Railway, one of England's first, built by Robert Stephenson to carry coal. An engine house at the top housed an engine…

Open Access

Museum of Rural Life

Alford Manor House, West Street, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 9HT.
Tel: 01507 463 073.

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  • Part disabled access

Houses many of the town's historic artefacts, including a rare man-driven wheelwright's lathe, and winnower, huller and threshing machine. Many old workmen's…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

The BoilerHouse

Middle Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA.
Tel: 0116 279 2657.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Tells the story of Foxton Locks, one of the top sites on the canal, with a ten lock staircase and remains of the steam driven Victorian barge lift. Explore…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Quinceys Pumping Station

Thorpe Culvert, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, PE24 4NL.
Tel: 01205 356 208.

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Houses two Ruston & Hornsby 9 x HRC twin cylinder horizontal diesel engines, each coupled directly to a Gwynnes centrifugal pump. These pumps can move…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Gayton Engine Pumping Station 2017

Thacker Bank, Theddlethorpe All Saints, Lincolnshire, LN12 1PE.
Tel: 01507 328 095.

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Built and completed by H M Commissioners of Sewers in 1850, to pump water from Gayton fen and marsh into the Great River Eau. Houses Petter 'Atomic' diesel…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

Skegness Water Leisure Park, Walls Lane, Ingoldmells, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 1JF.
Tel: 01754 897 400.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Approx. ½ mile 600mm gauge railway and uses ex-WD light railway equipment from the First World War. The line runs alongside the Skegness aerodrome and…

Railways / Heritage Railways

RAF Wickenby Memorial Collection

The Control Tower, Wickenby Aerodrome, Langworth, Nr Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN3 5AX.
Tel: 01673 885 000.

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Tells the story of RAF Wickenby which was once the home of 12 & 626 Squadrons during WWII.

Transport / Aircraft

Great Central Railway – Nottingham

Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, NG11 6JS.
Tel: 0115 940 5705.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Offers almost 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire.

Railways / Heritage Railways

Moira Furnace Museum

Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Leicestershire, DE12 6AT.
Tel: 01283 224 667.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

19th century open blast furnace. Guided tour shows how it worked and the lives of the inhabitants of the area. Boat trips on Ashby Canal run daily from…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Sherwood Forest Railway

Gorsethorpe Lane, Nr Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HL.
Tel: 01623 515 339.

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  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

5/8th scale, 15in. gauge railway running through cuttings, over level crossings and across traditional farmland. Runs to narrow gauge railway principals…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Bestwood Winding Engine House

Bestwood Country Park, off Park Road, Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire, NG6 8TQ.
Tel: 0115 927 3674.

  • Parking
  • Full disabled access

It is the last remaining part of a vanished colliery and a relic of Victorian industrial engineering, with its restored winding house and headgear that…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Burtey Fen Collection

3 Burtey Fen Lane, Pinchbeck, Nr Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3SR.
Tel: 01775 766 081.

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  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Music hall housing three pipe organs, including a Compton and Wurlitzer, and other organs. Monthly recitals.

Other Sites of Interest / Other

Pleasley Colliery

Pit Lane, Pleasley, Derbyshire, NG19 7PH.
Tel: 01623 818 828.

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  • Full disabled access

Scheduled Ancient Monument being developed into a mining heritage site. Two steam winders, one by Lilleshall Co. Ltd, the other by Markham & Co. Ltd.

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Midland Railway – Butterley 2017

Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ.
Tel: 01773 570 140.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Preserved Midland, LMS and BR items in a living museum on 3.5 miles standard gauge line, also one mile 2ft gauge on a 57 acre museum site. Miniature railway.…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Green’s Windmill & Science Centre

Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 4QB.
Tel: 0115 915 6878.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Restored and working 19th century tower mill, built in 1807 by the father of notable mathematical physicist George Green. In the small Science Centre next…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

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