The Brickworks Museum

About This Attraction

Bricks are Brilliant! This is what our visitors tell us. Have you ever wondered about the bricks that built your house? Why not come and find out more about these little marvels.

The museum is set in the last remaining steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the country. You can follow in the footsteps of the brickmakers to see how bricks were once made here by the million and experience what a Victorian factory with its huge machinery was like – full of authentic sights, sounds and smells – it’s the real thing.

There really is something for everyone, lots of hands-on activities for children of all ages. You can even have a go at making your own brick (pandemic rules permitting). Plenty of space inside if the weather is poor and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Once a month all the machinery is steamed up and the place hums with life again (see for details). There are four stationary engines, a miniature railway, and resident traction engines who all help put on a memorable event.

An inexpensive family visit, with lots of brick related activities and family trails. Enjoy free parking, coffee shop and a small gift shop.

The Brickworks Museum is based near the River Hamble with lovely riverside walks, with Manor Farm and Bursledon Windmill close by. Why not make a day of it!

April to October: Wednesday & Thursday 11.00am – 4.00pm (last entry 3pm)

Ticket Type Gift Aid* Standard Friends Membership
Adult £7.00 £6.00 £19.00
Child (5-16) £5.00 £4.00
Over 65/Student** £6.00 £5.00
Family (2 adults/3 children)*** £19.00 £17.00 £44.00

Why should I visit?

    • Check out our reviews – TripAdvisor, Google etc. They will tell you all you need to know!
    • Like old machinery? We are the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK
    • Lots of hands-on activities for children
    • Make your own brick – if pandemic rules apply
    • See the engines in action one Sunday a month
    • Lovely riverside walks close by plus Swanwick Nature Reserve (set in our old claypits)


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Facilities for the partially sighted available on request
Free parking on site
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Tour Guide – we require booking for this facility
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10th Jul 2022 - 10th Jul 2022

The Brickworks Museum

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The Brickworks Museum

Valid from 25th Jan 2022 until 31st Dec 2022

One child free with an adult ticket

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Where to find us


The Brickworks Museum
Swanwick Lane
SO31 7HB


01489 576248


[email protected]


Find us online

By car

Located off the A27 between Southampton and Portsmouth near the River Hamble. Main entrance is on Swanwick Lane. If using a Satnav please use SO31 7HB

By train

Approximately 20 minutes from Bursledon Station and 30 minutes from Swanwick. Both stations are on the Southampton/Portsmouth line

By bus

First Bus number X4 and X5 run past the bottom of Swanwick Lane. Alight at “The Navigator” pub going east or Swanwick Marina going west.

Kids activities

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There is so much for kids to do at the The Brickworks Museum, some of the activities include:

  • Hands on activities throughout the industrial museum.
  • Making a brick.
  • Children’s play areas – inside and out.
  • Vintage arcade machines.