Internal Fire, Museum of Power

Internal Fire, Museum of Power
Castell Pridd
SA43 2JS




01239 811212

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The museum is dedicated to the history of the internal combustion engine in industry over the last 100 years and aims to display all exhibits in working order.

The displays change on a yearly basis and the museum now runs over twenty engines on a daily basis throughout the summer.

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Opening hours

Open 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. 5 days April to October, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Open Bank Holidays Mondays
Open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7 days in August

By arrangement at other times.

1st November to Easter
Closed Mondays & Tuedays excluding August and Bank Holiday Mondays

Admission charges

£4.50 Adults
Concessions £3.75, £2.50 Under 16,
Under 5s free.
Family ticket £12.00 (2 adults & 2 children)
Friends of the Museum free

Discount for groups, coaches welcome

Additional info

Castell Pridd Farm is 8 miles north of Cardigan just off the A487 Cardigan to Aberystwyth main road.We are just to the north of the village of Tanygroes, 300yds down the Betws Ifan road.

Castell Pridd is marked on the OS Map for Ceredigion.

The collection covers early oil engines through to gas turbines but with the emphasis on diesel power from the 1920s to the 1960s.

The museum runs engines 7 days a week during the summer months and by arrangement in the winter period. The intention is to create a display as near to the original working environment as possible so that vistors can see, smell and hear what these engines did.

Collection details

Industry, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Most, eventually we hope all, major UK manufacturers are represented with engines from Tangye, Petter, Ruston Hornsby, Allen and Belliss & Morcom.
  • In 2005 a 1912 air blast Sulzer diesel was installed. This is one of the earliest regularly run production diesel engines in the world.
  • After a lot of work, in 2006 our Worthington-Simpson two-stroke diesel became full operational. This is an example of the first solid injection diesel engine to be built in the U.S.A.
  • 2008 will see the first running of the 30 ton Ruston 6VE diesel from the BBC Moorside Edge Transmitter built in 1930.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Ruston - Hall 1

Easter Crankup

  • 19 — 21 April 2014

Annual event to wake up the museum for the year. As many engines as possible are run over the long weekend with the 4000 horsepower Proteus gas turbine running four times a day

Suitable for

  • Any age


Aduts £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children £2.50


Allen Semidiesel

Museums At Night Crankup

  • 17 May 2014 6-9pm

Ceredigion's Internal Fire Museum of Power welcomes you to our annual Museums at Night event, with no charge for admission. Staff will be in period dress as usual and the museum will be lit with period lighting where possible.

All exhibits will be running and there will be several new large exhibits this year - if you're curious about industrial history and the many mighty engines in our collection, it's well worth making the trip to discover Tanygroes' hidden gem of a museum!

We are located on the A487 Cardigan to Aberystwyth road, 8 miles north of Cardigan, just beyond the village of Tanygroes.

Suitable for

  • Any age


No admission charges