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Address: Anson Road | Poynton, SK12 1TD, England
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+44 1625 874426

It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many...

It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many attractions but over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognized as one of the country's leading specialist museums.

Situated in Higher Poynton, the museum is on the site of the old Anson Colliery. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. However, it is increasingly becoming a "must visit" attraction for non-enthusiasts too and won the "Visitors Choice" award (voted for by the public) when they were asked "where would you take a visitor to the Macclesfield area"?

As well as the largest collection of engines in Europe, the museum also has changing displays of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementos and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery.

Open one weekend a month in 2015.

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A Hidden Gem

Only living 22 miles from Poynton I had never heard of this museum until a few weeks ago. I visited with my 17 year old son and really enjoyed our visit. A kind man named John... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bakewell, United Kingdom

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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Only living 22 miles from Poynton I had never heard of this museum until a few weeks ago. I visited with my 17 year old son and really enjoyed our visit. A kind man named John started up a Lister Engine for us to see, and we were welcomed by all of the keen volunteers. There are interesting exhibits and... More 

Thank david070761
Lerwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Anson museum is interesting if you have an interest in old engines with lots of exhibits and some of them are run on the open days. Even those that are not being run have good explanations of what they are and sometimes why they are there. I was especially glad to see several engines started by the "hot bulb"... More 

Thank argosy2gb
Bangor, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to see most of the engines running or in a running condition. Suprising number of engines, all well laid out. Lots of (volunteer) staff about, and all very helpful and friendly. Definitely worth the trip.

Thank Garydiesel
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is a really great day out. There's plenty of live working exhibits. There's also a great local history section with a scale model (which took four years to build!). A must visit if you're in the area. 👍🏻

Thank Alexander J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a bit embarrassing to admit we've lived in Poynton for 20 years and this was my first visit, with my grandson George (age 9). It was well worth the wait, the museum is just classic. They have a great variety of engines, with some demonstrations, and the volunteer staff are so helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. There's a good section... More 

Thank Chalky31
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Always said we would visit this museum, that was four years ago. Well we finally went today (17/4/17). What a brilliant couple of hours we had. All the engines were running and there were lots of them, volunteers on hand to pass on their knowledge and what a friendly bunch they are. The highlight of the museum has to be... More 

Thank SharmloverCheshire
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Most of the engines have been restored to running condition.They have the first UK diesel to be built dated 1897 (3rd in the world). There is also a local history section with a huge model of Poynton as it was in 1901, plus a craft area with demonstration's of wood bodging, blacksmithing etc. Well worth a visit but allow at... More 

Thank Graham W
Newton-Le-Willows, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Fabulous place with loads to see. The volunteers are so enthusiastic & knowledgeable. Very interesting. A lot of items that should be in our town but aren't but thank goodness this place is saving them for the future generations.

Thank crehow
Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

I confess to having no interest in engineering but this museum is amazing, well laid out, loads of information and the the volunteers' were all really helpful and knowledge about a subject that they are clearly passionate about, stayed longer than expected but even that wasn't long enough so will be returning.

Thank David L
Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

If you're interested in engines, engineering or local history I would strongly recommend a visit. Cheap to enter, fascinating collection of engines. Interesting local history section and helpful, friendly and knowledgeable sfaff who share a passion and enthusiasm for their displays. Even the tea, coffee and snacks are very reasonably priced and good quality. Fascinating!!

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