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image for Museum item typeEssex Fire Museum

  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, free entry

Essex Fire Museum

Essex Fire Museum


Grays Fire Station,
Hogg Lane,
RM17 5QS


The Essex Fire Museum was opened on 14th June 2007 and is housed in the former Auxiliary Fire Services garages at the rear of Grays Fire Station.

Over time the collection has grown considerably and now houses over 1,500 exhibits that embraces events specific to the history of firefighting in Essex, as well as displaying items of a more general fire service nature, including a collection of appliances ranging from hand drawn pumps from the 19th century to more modern apparatus. You can also see the much loved '123 BEV'.

The museum also holds an array of artefacts relating to the wartime activities of the fire service, allowing visitors to gain a unique glimpse of life for the fire service during wartime Britain.

A visit here will provide an excellent insight into the history of the Fire Service as visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in the history and stories of the Brigade.

It really is a most fascinating place.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsGuided tours mandatorySmoking not allowed

Opening details

Open days and Tour dates are available throughout the year. Spaces are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. More details can be found on our website www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Fire_Museum


Free entry

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 28 Oct Hallowe'en Spooktacular Open Day



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Map reference: TQ 611793  Lat: 51.49039 Long: 0.31951

From the A13:

Exit the A13 onto the A1012 towards Grays/A1306; at the next roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A1012; at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Elizabeth Road (A1012); at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Hogg Lane; turn left to stay on Hogg Lane; Grays Fire Station is approximately 100 meters on the right.

The Essex Fire Museum is located round the back of the station, with dedicated parking spaces to the left of the museum and behind the smoke house.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Grays station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Guided tours mandatoryGuided tours mandatory
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesAudible alarm system