The Brickworks Museum

About The Brickworks Museum

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.

History of the Bursledon brickworks
Originally built in 1897, the Bursledon brickworks played a vital role in brick production, going on to produce more than 20 million bricks every year! Clay was initially dug manually from expansive claypits near the brickworks and transported using railway wagons.

The process was revitalised in the 1930s to use mechanised digging and an overhead cable system ensuring a more effective turnaround. The brickworks ceased operation in 1974 and lay dormant until the creation of the Brickworks Museum in 2014.

The Victorian Museum
The Brickworks 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. Plenty of space inside if the weather is poor and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Once a month the machinery is steamed up and the place hums with life again. There are three stationary engines, a miniature railway, and resident traction engines which help put on a memorable event.

Other reasons to visit
An inexpensive family visit, with lots of brick related activities and family trails. Enjoy free parking, a coffee shop, and a small gift shop. In addition, the museum houses a nostalgic penny arcade with more than 30 machines dating back to the early 1900’s.

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 and Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm (last entry 3pm)

Ticket TypeGift Aid*StandardAnnual Membership
Child (5-16)£6.00£5.00
Over 65/Student**£7.00£6.00
Family (2 adults/3 children)***£32.00£21.00£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
    • Play on the vintage arcade machines (£1 for 6 old pennies)
    • 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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Back in Time

21st Jul 2024 - 21st Jul 2024

The Brickworks Museum

Fancy a wander down memory lane? Our July Steam up theme is “Back in Time” and there will be plenty of new features to jog old... 

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The Brickworks Museum 2024

Valid from 1st Jan 2024 until 31st Dec 2024

One child free with an adult ticket

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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 Brickworks Museum, some of the activities include:

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

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