The Brickworks Museum

Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. 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.

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. Plenty of space inside if the weather is poor and they welcome well behaved dogs on leads.

Once a month all the machinery is steamed up and the place hums with life again. There are four stationary engines, a railway on site, resident traction engines who help put on a really good day out – no chance of getting bored!

An inexpensive family visit, with lots of brick related activities and family trails. Enjoy free parking, snacks, drinks and gift shop.

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

April to October: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm

Why should I visit?


    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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    Where to find us


    The Brickworks Museum
    Swanwick Lane
    SO31 7HB

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    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.