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The London Fire Brigade Museum

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Address: Winchester House | 94A Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0EG, England
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Very interesting tour of the museum lots of memrobelia on show taking you through the history of the fire service, shame it's moving from its current location, but looking forward... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2015
Lisa G
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London, United Kingdom
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680 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As noted by other reviewers, the old museum has closed, pending its new home, which will be on the south side of the Thames in Lambeth/Vauxhall.. As an interim there is a pop-up museum, in the "Workshop" in Lambeth High Street, also home to an interim Migration Museum. The new headquarters for the Lambeth Fire Brigade on Albert Embankment was... More 

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Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

Very interesting tour of the museum lots of memrobelia on show taking you through the history of the fire service, shame it's moving from its current location, but looking forward to visiting it once it's relocated.

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Thank Lisa G
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2015

The future of the museum is uncertain but whilst it remains on the original Metropolitan/London fire brigade site it is a must for those interested about the London fire brigade or even just if you are curious. The setting is ideal, using both the original fire station fire engine house and the mansion of the first Chief Officer as the... More 

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1 Thank thepostie2010
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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2015

I took my 3 kids age 3, 5 and 7. We went on a family day so it is self guided - no tour. The kids had a booklet to complete which was excellent and gave them things to look for in every room. My 7 year old wanted to complete it all. My 5 year old wanted to draw... More 

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5 Thank fueldiva99
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2014

This museum has very helpful staff and due to previous career they were all knowledgeable and friendly. Next Year in February, I will visit the archive as I enjoyed the museum. Great place to go.

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Cobham, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2014

For the fire brigade museum, you get a guided tour around museum which takes about an hour the tour guide was quite helpful and able to answer all questions, least all those I could think of and does bring the exhibits to life. Uou end up near the fire engine by which you can spend as much time as you... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2014

My wife and I visited the museum because my grandfather had been an LCC fireman in the second world war and had died whilst on duty during the blitz in late 1940. My mother and her sisters had lived at this Fire Station in the 20s and we wanted to get a feel for their lives particularly during remembrance week.... More 

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UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2014

This is off the usual tourist track but with a serving fire fighter in the family we had heard about it and booked a tour. The tour guide was excellent and really knowlegable about the fire service and it's history. With 2 fire fighters in the group (one from Germany and one from Scotland), there were lots of questions which... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014

This is a hidden treasure that should be added to everyone's must do list on a visit to London. The museum is housed in a building steeped in Fire Brigade history, a gem in itself. Having walked through two centuries of fire engines in the apparatus bay, we were taken into the Commissioners House to see history unfold from the... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

My Father joined the Middlesex Fire Brigade in the 50's and then, upon the '65 amalgamation, stayed on in the London Fire Brigade until the mid 80's but had never visited Winchester House to the see the Museum. We arrived in London an hour earlier than our allotted time so popped into the local pub before venturing into the Museum.... More 

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