Industrial Heritage Guide

recommended industrial museums and other industrial heritage sites


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huge working spinning mule, producing woollen yarn, a historic schoolhouse, a millworker's house and 1920s style village store

Verdant Works

Dundee

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one of the finest industrial museums in Europe, exploring the history of the jute industry, with interactive and computer generated displays

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go 300ft underground and see the hidden world of the miner on a real underground tour

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the best preserved blast furnace complex of its period and type in the world and is one of the most important monuments to have survived from the early part of the industrial revolution

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with 70 acres of woodlands, ancient monuments, industrial and farming history and children friendly interactive displays

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this superb museum covering a multitude of perspectives from fine art to engineering and archeology to history

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with a number of steam and diesel vintage locomotives and passing through the imposing Blaenavon Industrial Landscape

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this is the ideal starting point for your visit to the area with traditional and video displays explaining the history of the coal mining area

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celebrates the history of a long lost industry and the stories of the everyday people involved in mining

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producing the famous Westmorland Green Slate, which has been extracted for centuries and offering a wealth of adventure experiences

Jennings Brewery

Cockermouth

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this traditional brewery has nearly 200 years of brewing experience using pure Lakeland water drawn from the brewery’s own well

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offering a fascinating insight into 18th Century mining, complete with recreated miners' cottages and a tour of a real mine

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go 140m underground to England's last deep coal mine, with 14 galleries to explore and blacksmiths to chat to and an adventure playground for children

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formerly a Royal Navy dockyard and now the most complete dockyard museum from the Age of Sail with inter-active exhibits for all ages

Finch Foundry

Sticklepath

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The doorway to Dartmoor's industrial past with the sights, sounds and smells of three thundering water wheels powering massive hammers, shears and sharpening stone

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Bishop Auckland

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set in stunning landscape and famous for its iconic working water wheel, offering an insight to lead mining history, with scenic walks and amazing wildlife

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since 1896 visitors from around the world have travelled on Snowdon Mountain Railway offering dramatic views of the surrounding landscape

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housed in one of the old warehouses, this museum covers the history of London's port and its role in the development of a great trading nation

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housed in a vast former shipyard building, this museum explores Scotland's importance to maritime history, with several floating exhibits

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tells the story of Reading's two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames with a beautiful gypsy caravan and preserved turbine machinery

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