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Address: The Engine House Mayors Avenue | Mayor's Avenue, Dartmouth TQ6 9YY, England
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+44 1803 834224

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Great piece of history

Unfortunately the engine house was closed when we visited, you can still see it through the window at the rear of the building. This engine proved to be a key part of our... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 January 2017
Callington, United Kingdom
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Callington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Unfortunately the engine house was closed when we visited, you can still see it through the window at the rear of the building. This engine proved to be a key part of our industrial revolution. We will visit again!

1 Thank Owlincallington
Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

This original Newcomen beam engine is an important and historic piece of Britain's industrial revolution. How enterprising then of the Newcomen Society to have rescued it from its working days on the Coventry canal and to have relocated it to Newcomen's home town. For this isn't a model - this is a real engine dating from the early 18th century... More 

1 Thank milimana
Windlesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We found this little gem hidden at the back of the tourist info. centre. Its a great story, explained on a video, and even moves (with electricity).

Thank Roger G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Right in the heart of Dartmouth, housed in the Information Centre, this fascinating machine was the first significant application of converting heat energy into useful work. Good video commentary and explanation. Well worth a visit.

Thank Charles D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A gem of hidden British history. This engine paved the way for the much more famous Watt Steam engine. It enabled deeper mining in both Cornwall and Devon by pumping out water and the technology was exported around the world. Right next to the tourist office in Dartmouth. You can't miss it.

Thank FreelancerLondon
Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We did not realise this was at the back of the tourist information shop. Free to see, but voluntary contribution appreciated. Pleasant surprise to find. Only 2 minutes walk from town square and well worth it.

Thank Caroline L
Lancashire, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

We managed to find parking by the Tourist Information Office and saw it advertising the Thomas Newcomen Engine. The original and historic Atmospheric steam engine is housed in a small room attached to the tourist information office, free access but donations welcome. I watched a short video presentation about the steam engine which has now been adapted to work by... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Sadly the weather wasn't the greatest when we visited, so we thought we'd do something different. The visit to see these great big engines was a good way to fill our time and also showed the kids just how far we have come in terms of technology.

1 Thank Dingleberry2015
Alsager, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

What a great inspiration to us all - this guy invented this great piece of machinery when they did not have the technology we have today. Fantastic

Thank Yvonne W
Winchester, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Stopped here to pick up info on the area and had a chance to see this engine that help bring in the industrial revolution

Thank 1petworth

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