The National Brewery Centre Museum celebrates the social history of the development of brewing - the real life experiences and stories of the people who helped to build Burton's world-renowned brewing reputation. Tours start with a holographic-style presentation of the history of brewing, then the experienced guides take visitors through each step of the brewing process and explain the fascinating roles that the steam engines and vintage vehicles on show played in the development of the industry. The William Worthington microbrewery brings the tour up to the present day - with the chance to sample some great local ales brewed on site!
The Robey steam engine is similar to those that would have drawn clean well water from the springs of St. Modwen to the brewery. It is a Tandem Compound engine - which made it very economical to run. Robey engines were still in use at the Sleaford Maltings until its closure in 1959. This model is still in good working order members of the Burton Robey Group will be on site to run the engine every Sunday from Easter until the end of October. There is also a No.9 steam train and Directors' coach featured in the recreation of a station platform from the days when the Bass Brewery had its own railway network. Transport played an important part in the evolution of the brewing industry. From horse-drawn drays through to more modern-day vehicles. The Brewing Experience houses a fine collection of vehicles, that includes delivery wagons, fire trucks, a double-decker bus and special promotional vehicles, such as a 1920s Daimler bottle car that was built to deliver beer to pubs for promotional purposes.
The two magnificent horses will be on site virtually every day from April 1st to October 6th. Visitors will be able to see them in their original Brewery stables and often out in their paddock. The museum also has an array of traditional drays (carts) that were used to deliver beer in days gone by. The National Brewery Centre is located on a flat site with disabled parking spaces and wheel-chair friendly access. Lift access is available to exhibition spaces on higher floors. Audio tours are available for the visually impaired and there are a number of tactile exhibits. Please note that certain areas of this historic site are cobbled. Assistance dogs are welcome. Ticket prices include a guided tour, free car parking and three beer tasting vouchers (equivalent to one pint) per adult.
Location : The National Brewery Centre, Horninglow Street, Burton Upon Trent DE14 1NG
Transport: Burton (National Rail) 10 minutes. Bus Routes : 1, 1A and 9B stop in close by.
Opening Times : Daily 10:00 to 17:00
Tickets : Adults £9.50; Seniors/Concessions £8.00; Children £4.95
Tel: 01283 532 880