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Bolton Steam Museum

Mornington Road | Bl1 4eu, Bolton, England
+44 1204 846490
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A wonderful museum full of priceless and amazing steam engines and exhibts. WELL worth a visit!

This is an amazing place, almost tucked away in a corner of the Morrison's Supermarket car park... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nick J
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Steamingly good

My husband and my son are mad about steam engines, so a visit here is often the order of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
themagster01
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Mornington Road | Bl1 4eu, Bolton, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an amazing place, almost tucked away in a corner of the Morrison's Supermarket car park! There are too many exibits to mention but there are lots and it's a fascinating place. In fact my BFF and I were the only 2 people there...More

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Nick J Thanks for your wonderful review. What can I say. Yes we are in the corner of Morrisons car park we rent the museum from them. We have about thirty engines all of different types. But they all are of types that were...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and my son are mad about steam engines, so a visit here is often the order of the day. Amazing to think these machines are still in working order as demonstrated by the friendly volunteers. You can get up really close to the...More

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi themagster01 Thanks for your review. It's good that your husband and son come to our museum often - that is what it's there for. There is quite a lot to take in. Thanks for saying that it is a really good experience.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a nice stroll around. Lots of machines and stuff to read. Run by enthusiasts who will enjoy answering any questions. It very warm on a warm day with the machinery working. Ample parking. Probably get an hour or 2 of entertainment, more if it...More

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Jason Thank for your review. Yes we try to put out sufficient information to read and we also have a very reasonably priced guide book. Please call again.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A great way to spend a couple of hours looking at the magnificent old steam engines. Lots of exhibits and models and live working attractions. The staff are brilliant and go out of their way to help and inform you.

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi PeterAD We are happy that you enjoyed spending a couple of hours looking at our collection of engines. Please call again.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great hospitality by one of the volunteers (yes, the museum is running purely on voluntary effort, so please make sure to leave a small drop of oil into the machines like we did - the donation box is just by the entrance and you can...More

Thank Aleksi D
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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Aleksi D We are pleased that you had a pleasant experience and meeting with one of our volunteers. We try to run one of the engines either electrically or by steam (on one of our steam days) if we have visitors to the museum...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful collection of beautifully maintained textile steam engines - including Fred Dibnah's workshop machine - all lovingly tended by dedicated volunteers. Lucky to visit on Bank Holiday Monday - one of their steam days - very interesting - the display boards were top notch...More

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Verzy Thanks for your review. The display boards are mostly my own work and it's nice to be appreciated. We can always use extra donations but at the moment we are covering our expenses. Please call again either on a Steam Day or on...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best museum experience - People actually have apssion and are bouncing around the machines. Fantastic.

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Dave Nice to be 'best museum experience'. Thanks for your review, we certainly have a number of people who are extremely interested in what do - come again.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband visited today on one of their 'in steam' days and spent a brilliant morning looking at all the steam engines in operation. He said the smell and heat was so evocative and took him back to his days of working in a boiler...More

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Sue We are delighted that your husband had a brilliant morning. That's what it's all about! Yes the sale of our Guide Book helps us with our finances - its only £2 but every little helps. We apologize for the heat in the building...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We spent a couple of hours looking around at the magnificent rescued machinery on one of the `steaming days`. Good level access for those with mobility restrictions. Very good information from the excellent volunteers. A free to visit museum, donations at your discretion are appreciated.More

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Hi deve46 Thanks for coming and spending a couple of hours in our museum. As you discovered, on 'steam days' , there is the option to run all 30 engines during the day. Thanks. Donations are appreciated as you say. We get no grants and...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Terrific steam engines from the cotton spinning industry - mostly 19th century and at least one astonishing still working from the 1840s. The volunteers who work there are enthusiastic and expert with endless patience for ignorant visitors. If you are anywhere near Bolton - go!

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Peter W, Guest Relations Manager at Bolton Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Hi DanbyBloch Thanks very much for your review. We are glad and happy that you enjoyed yourselves when you visited. We are open on Wednesdays and Sunday throughout the year, though only in steam on certain dates. Please come again.

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Peter W
18 June 2018|
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Response from Peter W | Property representative |
We are open every Sunday and Wednesday from 10.00 until 16.00. We are "In Steam' on the following dates this year 2018 from 10 till 4.00 pm. Sunday and Monday 26 - 27 August Saturday and Sunday 27 - 28 October Friday and... More
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Delphine P
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Response from Peter W | Property representative |
On Sunday and Wednesday from 10a.m. to 4p.m
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Delphine P
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The museum is open in steam most bank holidays and every Sunday and Wednesday. When we are not in steam but will be happy to run some of the engines electrically.
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