Hollycombe – Steam in the Country

Britain‘s most varied collection of working steam: Edwardian fairground with several unique rides. Narrow gauge and miniature railways, agricultural engines, steam rollers, farm machinery, c.1840 beam engine and waterwheel. Extensive Listed woodland gardens and views.


  • Parking
  • Gift Shop
  • Refreshments
  • Part Disabled Access


Full Description

The Hollycombe Working Steam Museum is a collection of national importance. The collection was the brainchild of the late John Baldock and the first engine to arrive was a Burrell Gold Medal Tractor that came in 1951.

Run by a charitable trust, this is a major working steam-powered museum whose collection includes railways of different gauges, Britain's largest working Edwardian fairground, traction engines and steam rollers of varying types, as well as a steam sawmill, the engines from the former Clyde paddler Caledonia, an 1840s beam engine, waterwheel, all set in acres of woodlands. Adjacent and included in the visit are the 200 year old Listed woodland gardens. A trip on the narrow gauge railway gives excellent views on a clear day.

All this nostalgia is supported by a modern HLF-funded educational & visitor centre which contains toilets, a gift shop and an excellent cafeteria. Extensive signage around the site helps visitors to understand the many exhibits, most of which will be in steam on open days.

There are many special events throughout the year. See elsewhere for more details or visit the website.

Contact & Location

Operator:Hollycombe Working Steam Museum
Address:Iron Hill
Midhurst Road
Hampshire GU30 7LP
Contacts: 01428 724 900
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Open days:Easter weekend, then Sun & BHol to 7 Oct. Also Daily 30 May-3 Jun & Tue-Sun 31 Jul-22 Aug. 1100-1700. Rides from 1230. (Last entry 1600.) Evening openings Sat 15 Sep-20 Oct 1900-2200.
By Rail: Liphook / 1.00 mile

Upcoming Events

06 May-07 May 2018 Magic Lantern Shows

Special Magic Lantern shows in the Bioscope. See how the Victorians first saw projected images.

19 May-20 May 2018 Steam in Miniature

Visiting miniature engines.

26 May-28 May 2018 Hollycombe Steam Festival

We're bringing back our popular steam event after a few years. Come along and see visiting traction…

14 Jul-15 Jul 2018 Fairground Weekend & Mechanical Organ Gathering

Roll up! Roll up! It's all the fun of the fair! Enjoy our traditional steam fairground and visiting…

01 Sep-02 Sep 2018 Model Weekend

The weekend attracts all kinds of models and modellers, with railway layouts, fairground models, miniature…

This entry was last updated on 24th October 2017

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