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Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

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Address: Hempton Road, Fakenham NR21 7LA, England
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Fakenham Gas Museum sounds like a bit of a joke and features regularly in lists of oddball attractions, so we were prepared to be a bit underwhelmed, but our experience was just... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2016
King's Lynn

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King's Lynn
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

Fakenham Gas Museum sounds like a bit of a joke and features regularly in lists of oddball attractions, so we were prepared to be a bit underwhelmed, but our experience was just the opposite. It's really informative, with lots of industrial plant which extracted the gas from the coal to view. The volunteers are pleasant and explain things clearly, and... More 

Thank Jeff1903
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Many have forgotten the years of coal gas and the miners that gave their lives to mine the coal to produce the gas for lighting, heating and cooking. An eye opener to young people who have no concept of the former years

Thank Nww58
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

We visited the Museum Of Gas and found it a very interesting way to spend an hour or two. The volunteer staff couldn't have been any more friendly and helpful. They were also very knowledgeable on the gas making process and other topics too. Who knew just how much went into providing the coal or town gas we all used... More 

Thank Richard S
Fakenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

We are very fortunate to have this unique museum in Fakenham. If you visit make sure you watch the introductory video first, it puts everything else in context and you can get so much more out of the visit. We were fortunate that Dr Bridges recently retired Chairman was on hand to show us round and give us the wonderful... More 

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

This place is run by volunteers, its free to get in but of course they rely on donations. You start off by seeing a short video, then you are personally escorted round by very knowledgeable staff. My husband loved the retort which is still in its original building.

1 Thank fluer d
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

This may be a small museum, but it gives a wonderful insight not only into the gas industry but also the history of Fakenham. The 'gas' section allows you to see all the processes for converting coal to gas, including a gasometer, retort house tar pit etc. In the former offices you will also find fine displays from cookers, and... More 

Thank Roland T
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2015

The Fakenham Gas Museum is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of town gas from coal, doesn't sound too interesting but a visit soon changed that impression. Access is easiest by motor vehicle although there is no immediate parking available with the nearest car parks in Fakenham, a reasonable... More 

Thank Pauline R
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

A museum of gas? In North Norfolk? What a fun thing to do and see! Ranges of old cookers (pun intended), lots of knobs and pipes, and a true history of the development of gas in domestic and industrial uses across the region make this a very engaging small museum.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 4 June 2015

We first visited a number of years ago, and keep coming back. It has not just local interest as this small site is packed with the hardware that kept the nation warm and lit before Natural Gas. Not just for the science geek!!!

Thank lizw15
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Reviewed 23 April 2015 via mobile

We visited this museum with absolutely no knowledge or interest in gas but thought it sounded interesting. We were not disappointed . This is truly one of best speciality/random museum we have visited and we have visited a lot! Staff were incredibly knowledgeable and really enthusiastic without being overwhelming. Really worth a visit.

Thank James B

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