Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum
Main Street
IP16 4ES




01728 832189

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Long Shop Museum
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In the museum you will find a staggering collection of objects, ranging from full-size steam engines (the Richard Garrett & Sons engineering business made many hundreds of steam engines here) to touching mementoes of the lives of the working people of the town.

The Long Shop itself – at the heart of the museum – is a Grade II* listed engineering workshop, thought to be one of the earliest purpose-built production lines in existence (made long before Henry Ford had the same idea!), and it’s chock-full of fascinating exhibits.

We also tell of the history of the area, with displays about the nuclear power station at nearby Sizewell and Leiston’s airfield, home to the American 357th Fighter Group, 8th USAAF, during World War II.

It all adds up to a fascinating day out, with something for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Opening hours

31 March - 3 November(extended to incude Half Term holiday) Mondays to Saturdays 10am - 5pm and
Sundays 11am - 5pm

Admission charges

Adults £5
Senior Citizens £4.50
Children £2.50
Under 5's Free
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £12
Coach and tour parties always welcome.
Advance bookings advisable.
Group rate on application.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

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Spring Steam Up

  • 28 March 2015

The Long Shop Museum in Leiston will reopen in style by launching the 2015 season on Saturday 28th March with a fantastic steam and activity day from 10am-5pm.

There will be large and small engines in steam, including our very own ‘Sirapite’ shunting engine and the ‘Works Band’ (alias Leiston Royal British Legion Band) will be playing around the museum site during the day. Costumed ‘interpreters’ will also be on hand to lead a variety of hands-on activities for those of all ages and interests. These include making a nail box, doing some washing the Victorian way, or having a go at creating a plaster copy of an ‘engine part’ in a sand mould.

Tea, coffee and scrumptious home made cakes will be available throughout the day, with lovely home-made soup available at lunchtime. Come as you are, or come in Victorian/ Edwardian dress to join in the spirit of the event.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply.