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Abbey Pumping Station

Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX, England
+44 (0)116 299 5111
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Ranked #14 of 57 Attractions in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Road, is Leicester's main industrial museum. The National Space Centre is next to it, accessed from Exploration... more »
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My other half and I stumbled across this place by accident upon visiting the nearby Space Centre. As an engineer I was hugely excited at the prospect of seeing the old pumps and engines, however we never got to see everything as it was near closing time at 4:30. Guess an earlier visit will have to be done in future.... More

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Wisbech, England, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There are many and varied interesting items on display, which will amply fill an afternoon's visit. Old pumping engines and many items from times past. I found it absorbing.

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devon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

well we saw the sign as we were driving past and we decided to turn around and have a look... what a great place.!! a most interesting and pleasant place, great exhibits friendly staff, NO ENTRANCE CHARGE..??? we couldn't believe it was free entry, great selection of poo stuff for the children, most impressive steam engines, and stuff I regrettably... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Great Fun Very Informative, Kids and myself all loved it.We will be going to the Haunted Engineer Later in the Year.

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Decided to pop in to Abbey Pumping Station as we have driven past many times and I am glad we did. Definitely worth a visit and it's free! Lots to see and interactive displays too. Good afternoon out if you've got children to entertain.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This museum is just as much worth a visit as the space centre next door. The guides were particularly helpful and passionate about their subjects.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A great afternoon out! We went mainly to see the four beam engines in steam and found more to see than expected for an extremely reasonable entry fee - classic cars, motorbikes, traction engines, vintage workshop machinery - sadly the queue for the vintage chip wagon was too long so we didn't sample these. Another enjoyable visit to Leicester's 'hidden... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Abbey Pumping Station is only a few miles away from the centre of Leicester and next to the Space Centre. It is an amazing mix of history, collections and hands-on exhibits. The first thing that you notice is the beautiful chimney which can be seen for miles. The main building of the pumping station is typical Victorian and very... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a great place to visit and we chose a day when there were vintage cars and emergency vehicles too. Not well publicised, but a hidden gem in Leicester.

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Nottingham
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I wasn't expecting much when I came across the Pumping Station while on a day trip to Leicester, especially when I found out that it was formerly for pumping sewage! However, it turned out to be a real highlight of the day. Although there is a focus on sewerage, the Pumping Station is really an industrial museum featuring beam engines... More

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