East England

The East of England was a major centre for the Royal Air Force and the US Air Force during the Second World War and there are museums reflecting this. However, a wide range of interests are covered, such as water pumping stations, gas works, traction engine builders and industrial railways.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across the East of England region including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Huntingdonshire.

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Ferry Meadows Railway

Ferry Meadows Country Park, Ham Lane, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 5UU.
Tel: 01933 398 889.

  • Car Park
  • Part disabled access

10.25in. gauge. Steam & diesel. New Darjeeling loco.

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East Essex Aviation Society Museum

Martello Tower, Point Clear, Essex, CO16 8NG.
Tel: 000.

  • Car Park

Housed in the historic Martello Tower at Point Clear since its first opening to visitors in 1986. The Society was formed when interest grew locally in…

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Bawdsey Radar

On the B1083, Bawdsey, Nr Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3AT.
Tel: 07821 162 879.

  • Car Park

The Transmitter Block on the Bawdsey Manor Estate is part of the world’s first operational RADAR station. Today it is open to visitors and houses an…

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Fenland Light Railway

Fenland Light Railway

Mereside Drove, Ramsey Mereside, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, PE26 2UE.
Tel: 01487 815 628.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

7¼in. gauge narrow gauge railway operating steam, electric and petrol locomotives. New double oval track on new site, which is constantly developing.

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Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre

Station House, Station Road, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, MK43 0XP.
Tel: 01525 287 121.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Visit this hidden gem on the Marston Vale rail line. The station building is built in the distinctive Victorian Gothic ‘Cottage Orné’ style, and the…

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The Press House

Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY.
Tel: 01992 707 370.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

170 acre historic landscape featuring 20 listed buildings and a network of canals survive, showing the manufacture of munitions from the 17th century.…

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Rougham Control Tower Museum

The Control Tower, Rougham Industrial Estate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9XA.
Tel: 01359 271 471.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

This is a museum dedicated to the 332nd Bomber Group and 94th Bomber Group, and is full of WWII memorabilia.

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Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Museum

Ridgewell Road , between Ridgewell & , Great Yeldham, Essex, .
Tel: 01440 788 345.

  • Car Park

A small museum to honour the airfield’s most famous residents, the 381st Bomb Group, can be found housed in the former hospital buildings of USAAF station…

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Ramsey Rural Museum

Wood Lane, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, PE26 2XD.
Tel: 01487 815 715.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Housed in 17th century farm buildings, collections include a wide variety of agricultural implements and tools used by local craftsmen, together with well…

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Railworld

Oundle Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 9NR.
Tel: 01733 344 240.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Situated adjacent to the Nene Valley railway‘s station, Railworld promotes substainable transport featuring Peterborough’s rich local railway history…

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Tide Mill Living Museum

Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1BY.
Tel: 01394 385 295.

Man has worked here for over 800 years, harnessing the totally reliable and predictable green energy from the tides to drive a mill producing flour and…

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Walton Maritime Museum

The Old Lifeboat House, East Terrace, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8PZ.
Tel: 01255 678 259.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Built in 1884, the Old Life Boat House is now used as a maritime museum. Amongst the collections are former lifeboats, James Stevens No.14 & City of Leicester,…

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