Only a short drive from the centre of Southampton, and conveniently located close to the M27 and numerous hotels, the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is perfect for a fun-packed family afternoon out.
About the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
A popular independent museum that is also within easy reach of the historic port of Portsmouth, the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum offers a fascinating insight into the Victorian period and is housed (somewhat unsurprisingly!) in a former brickworks. Observe the enormous brick-making machines, make your own brick, and discover how men were forced to run an astonishing 15 miles every day!
The Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum also offers guided tours for groups and has a great restaurant and café, plenty of picnicking space, and on-site parking. For affordable accommodation near the museum, you could try the Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7, which offers well-appointed modern rooms with free WiFi and coffee makers.
Other Attractions in Southampton
Spend some time at the Southampton City Art Gallery, where you can observe thousands of masterpieces representing the very best in European art. This award-winning venue features everything from eminent British sculptors like Richard Deacon, to acclaimed Italian Baroque painters like Giambattista Pittoni.
The South Downs National Park
Visit the South Downs National Park and explore its picturesque walking and cycling routes. This vast park is well known for its beautiful chalk cliffs and rolling hills, and also incorporates much of East Sussex and West Sussex. Close to the park is the ancient city of Winchester, which features a magnificent cathedral and castle, and is home to the luxury Winchester Hotel & Spa.
Visit Portsmouth's D-Day Museum and learn about the city's role in the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944, then see the historic HMS Warrior, a pioneering Victorian ship that is now a museum. Portsmouth is also overlooked by the dramatic Emirates Spinnaker Tower, a 170-metre sail-shaped structure that offers outstanding views of the city from its large observation deck. Nearby is the thriving seaside resort of Southsea, which is still home to 16th century Southsea Castle and two well-preserved piers.