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Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum

Norden Park & Ride | Nr Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5DW, England
+44 1929 481461
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Interesting Little Museum next to the Swanage Steam Railway Line

If you're interested in local, general or industrial history then make time for this little... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Hampshirerose_9
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hampshire uk
An odd way to run a museum

The museum is located next to Norden Station on the Swanage Railway. Our train arrived at 10.25 but... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2017
Richard H
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Storrington, United Kingdom
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A rebuilt Ball Clay Mine with exhibition of Artefacts. There is an opportunity to explore a reconstructed mine tunnel.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Norden Park & Ride | Nr Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5DW, England
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+44 1929 481461
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you're interested in local, general or industrial history then make time for this little gem.It's conveniently located between the Park & Ride for Norden station and the station itself, a 2 minute walk, and is run by quietly enthusiastic volunteers. The Museum tells the...More

Thank Hampshirerose_9
Reviewed 10 May 2017

The museum is located next to Norden Station on the Swanage Railway. Our train arrived at 10.25 but when we went to enter the museum we were told, in a rather brusque manner' that it did not open until 11.00 . This does not seem...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Went to monkey world which is 15mins away was only there a couple of hours so went to find something else to do before venturing home. We saw this place on TripAdvisor wasn't expecting much, but we really enjoyed our selves and is one on...More

Thank Kyle E
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We went to this museum after a day on the swanage railway. It is very well laid out. The videos are good and the atmosphere of the reconstructed mining tunnel.

Thank david m
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Just before you ride the Swanage Railway from Norden, visit this small museum and it will help put into perspective how the standard gauge line fitted in with the local tramways used for moving ball clay. The recreation of a mine working is something else....More

Thank RattyMidhurst
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This was our first visit to the museum. The staff were friendly and helpful. Free to get in but do ask for a voluntary donation of a £1 per adult. Anyone travelling from Norton train station should definitely leave enough time to visit, (around 20...More

1  Thank Amelia G
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We both found this museum really fascinating. Volunteers have done an amazing job of bringing to life a little known industry (clay mining) in Purbeck. No admission charge just a voluntary donation - don't be stingy its well worth a donation! Gives a really interesting...More

2  Thank Robin G
Reviewed 23 August 2016

When you board the Purbeck steam train at the Norden Park and Ride station make sure you allow time to visit the Mining Exhibition. I thought 15 minuets would be plenty of time to go round the site. Oh no you need at least an...More

3  Thank rosieswalk
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We went on the railway and was hoping to go to this as well but didn't open till we were on the train to Swanage. Was assured that we could go when we got back later in the day. Unfortunately we arrived 5 mins after...More

1  Thank Michelle V
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Run by enthusiastic volunteers. We were welcomed and given an introduction and then wandered round. Unfortunately we didn't have time to look at everything because we had to catch the train but would recommend

2  Thank Alison_B-B22
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