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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Aerospace Bristol

Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol, Bristol, BS34 5BZ.
Tel: 01179 315 315.

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

The stunning centrepiece will be Concorde Alpha Foxtrot: the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to be built and the last to fly. It's a chance…

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St Aidans Walking Dragline

Astley Lane, Swillington, Nr Leeds, Yorkshire, LS26 8AL.
Tel: 0000.

  • Car Park

Come and see 'Oddball', the largest preserved walking dragline excavator in Western Europe. Look all round outside and see the giant 25 cubic yard bucket.…

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Fenn Bell Inn Miniature Railway

St Mary Hoo, Allhallows, Rochester, Kent, ME3 8RF.
Tel: 01634 270 422.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The railway is 7 1/4 inch gauge and consists of roughly a 400 yard running line in a loop, with a two platform terminus station called Fenn Street built…

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Hayle Heritage Centre

John Harvey House, 24 Foundry Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HH.
Tel: 01736 757 683.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Hayle dominated the world engineering market throughout the 19th century with its two rival foundries. This legacy is preserved through an industrial history…

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Rochdale Pioneers Museum

31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 1YL.
Tel: 01706 524 920.

  • Part disabled access

The museum is where the ‘Pioneers’, 28 working people, opened a co-operative store on the 21st December, 1844. It commemorates the birth of the Co-operative…

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Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Mill End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 1JS.
Tel: 0141 847 1111.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The museum aims to preserve the social and industrial heritage of the Paisley & Renfrewshire Thread Mills for the education and enjoyment of all by collecting…

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Robert Owen Museum

The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB.
Tel: 01686 625 544.

  • Part disabled access

Houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to the life of Robert Owen. In his late twenties, Owen became a partner and manager…

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Ashmanhaugh Light Railway

East View Farm, Stone Lane, Ashmanhaugh, Norfolk, NR12 8YW.
Tel: 01603 782 225.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The railway is a 7¼ inch gauge, with steam, diesel and electric trains, and set in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside.

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Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Stiffkey Road, Wells Next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1QB.
Tel: 01328 711 630.

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

The longest 10.25in. gauge railway in the world being four miles in length connects Walsingham to the coastal town of Wells. Two NG steam Garratt 2-6-0+0-6-2…

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Shuttleworth Collection

Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP.
Tel: 01767 627 927.

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

World famous collection of vintage aircraft in flying condition together with a traction engine, veteran cars, bicycles, etc. Regular flying displays of…

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Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

Hackman's Lane, Purleigh, Nr Maldon, Essex, CM3 6RJ.
Tel: 01245 329 358.

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

Great War Aerodrome under conservation with visitor attractions. A fascinating Squadron Museum and hangars of late production and replica WW1 planes

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IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR.
Tel: 01223 835 000.

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

Discover the best of aviation at IWM Duxford. Stand in awe of everything from paper planes to Jet fighters at this historic airfield and museum. With eight…

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