Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, Wareham

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  • A lovely museum, on the trail from the Car park, to Norden Station on the Swanage Heritage Railway, free of charge, but please give a donation, to keep it going. Recommended.  more »
  • Parking for this museum is actually the Park and Ride at Norden Station and the minimum cost is £3.20 for all day. Pricey if you only want to visit the museum as we did. Obviously better value if you ...  more »
  • As we were visiting Corfe Castle and already parked on the National Trust car park, (instead of driving round and paying for parking) we decided to walk over to the Museum by the side of the railway l...  more »
  • An unexpected gem of a museum. Information and real hands on experience, donations paid for entry, no fixed amount. So impressed we paid more on exit. Experience the drop into a small clay pit mine, and along a tunnel dug by mineral miners just as it would have been only a generation ago. This is a small piece of Dorset history that made our trip that little more interesting than anticipated.
  • Lovely location located next to park and ride and swanage steam railway. Free of charge although donations appreciated
  • Not a large museum, but plenty of fascinating information and the walk in the mine tunnel is fun. I reckon it is 30 to 60 minutes to see it all.
  • Many people both visiting and living in Purbeck have not heard of Ball Clay. This Museum tells the story of the world's finest clay and also provides the chance to experience what it was like underground in a simulated tunnel. A visit at present lasts up to an hour, but with financial help, the museum has plans to treble in size. If you are in Purbeck it is a must to do. Opening hours are limited and are shown on the Museum's website.
  • Well worth a look if you're nearby. Free admission (donation of ~£1 is what they ask for and it's worth supporting) to this little museum. Warm welcome and introduction by volunteers then a short self guided walk to the top of the building with information boards along the way. When you get inside there is lots of information and you can see the workings of the clay mine. Nice and hands on with lots to learn about the local area. The walk down in to the 'mine' is the final part. Takes 30-45 minutes to do entirely so is worth stopping at it you're on the railway or using the car park.
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