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Marston's Brewery Tour

Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
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A brewery that well deserves a visit.

managed to book only a day prior to visit. We felt that this brewery was good as we could see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gill6355
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Rugby, United Kingdom
Excellent tour!

Visited here with dad who is a big Marstons fan. Fantastic tour with lovely, knowledgeable guide... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ljfazza
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Expanding from his already successful malting business, the first brewery was founded by John Marston at Horninglow in Burton-on-Trent, where Marston's™ soon developed a reputation for producing beers of the highest quality and taste.Rival brewers from London including Manns, Crossman and Paulin, who had the Albion Brewery built in 1874, relocated to Burton to take advantage of the very individual nature of the water.Towards the end of the century, when scientists started to claim that they could recreate Burton water artificially, the London brewers decided that transport costs could be now be saved, and returned to the capital.When Mann, Crossman & Paulin left town in 1897, they left behind arguably the best brewery in town. Following the merger with the Thompson's Brewery in 1897 Marston's moved into the Albion Brewery on Shobnall Road a year later. The Albion has been described as a 'cathedral of brewing'. A prime spot in the best brewing town in the world.The Albion Brewery was 'constructed according to the most approved model of modern times'. Pleasantly situated in rural surroundings, the brewery included a big cooperage, ale stores, stables, wells, its own railways sidings, and cottages to house selected employees. Marston's™ passion for cricket and dedication to its people is evident right from the beginning of its move to the Albion Brewery, as The Burton Mail of March 11th 1899 notes, 'the directors have given the cricketers a well laid out and well appointed field in which to carry the colours of the firm to victory'.The Albion Brewery was compact, efficient, and pleasing on the eye. Barnard visited in 1888, rating it as the ninth largest in the country by output. He described how all the large mains and pipes were laid along walls or under vessels, so as not to obstruct the light or 'mar the elegance of the building'. He commented on the purity of the water, and of the beer.
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Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

managed to book only a day prior to visit. We felt that this brewery was good as we could see stages of making the beer - whilst others appear to be museums.Suggested more advertising needed as leaflets not available. Arrived to find that we were...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with dad who is a big Marstons fan. Fantastic tour with lovely, knowledgeable guide. Really interesting to look round the Victorian brewhouse to see the whole brewing process from start to finish. Highly recommended...and I’m not even a beer lover!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I booked the 6pm tour we was met by a lovely bubbly lady named Stephanie, she took us round telling us about the history of the brewery we saw beer brewing the hobgoblin smelt lovely , the tour was great lots of...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Was taken here as a surprise gift for my thirtieth. As a fan of good beer, it was a very good shout! The tour itself was brilliant, led by a wonderfully friendly lady (Claire) who let us ask questions as we went along. I may...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Lovely tour guide Claire, very informative and welcoming ...went here for my son's birthday ...what a lovely couple of hours....from start to finish made welcome. Very good value for money. Enjoyed every minute. Beer at end a nice bonus.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Very interesting tour with friendly and knowledgeable guide (Claire). We were able to ask questions as we went along observing the brewing process step by step. we were able to look at both the old and some of the new equipment including the Burton Union...More

Thank MandT R
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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

It was a proper working day at the brewery and we were lucky enough to see Pedigree going through its last day in the Burton Union System - the only place that this is still done anywhere in the world... Even though every brewery in...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Using gift vouchers from Father’s Day, had a brilliant visit and brewery tour. Tour guide was informative, helpful and friendly. The brewery tour was pitched just right and was very interesting. Various free tastings included in the price, and we also tried several samples from...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

I would thoroughly recommend this tour, the walk around the brewery was really interesting, our guide was really great, she was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly, she went out of her way to make it a fantastic day out. Last but not least the beer was...More

2  Thank span27
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

Friday evening, and about thirty ex sailors and their wives went on an organised visit to this brewery. Once off the coach we were all issued with high-viz jackets. Unfortunately, a few would have found the steps too difficult so the remainder split into two...More

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alanb112257
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Response from KirstyPolmeer | Property representative |
Hi, the tour lasts approximately an hour followed by a sampling session back in our visitor centre. In total I would allow 2-2.5 hours. If you require any further information then please call 01283 507391 all tours must be... More
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