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Abbey Pumping Station

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Address: Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)116 299 5111
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11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Step into the past

This is an amazing exhibit showing how machinery of the past did so many jobs that we don't even think of now.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing exhibit showing how machinery of the past did so many jobs that we don't even think of now.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Took the kids to see this museum as it was one of my favourites when I was little. The exhibition on sanitation was really good and accessible for kids, although the whole place is a little shabby, due to lack of funding I guess. The beam engines are magnificent and reminded me of how amazing they are in action -... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

good little place, totally free of charge, to be quite honest I prefer this to the space center and it just across the road

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one of the smaller museums in Leicester and we have returned several times as the children always find it lots of fun. Especially the flushing toilet. They also like the history of how the city has changed over the years. The museum also host some great event days. It is good for adults and children who are not... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We visited after the space centre.. we got round the exhibits in about 10 minutes. Not really interesting unless you like loos and old sewage walls. Nothing really to interact with for the kids. Just 1 loo to flush.. not really something to plan your day for.

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leicester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

My kids and me love it here. It's great to show them how the city looked years ago. Best to check the event days on line for a great day out

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Visited after spending a day and a half at next door space centre. Arrived and approached the desk asking how we went around, was there any children's activities and was sadly responded to very unenthusiastically and told just to "head round". We wandered aimlessly, trying to get a sense of things. Child's attention was briefly held by toy display and... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Right next to Space Centre, we visited after as in my 40yrs living in Leicester had never been.I am glad I did, it is not massive but it is very interesting and the pumping room is amazing (on event days the pumps are fully working).Takes you back to the old days there is even a little mini theatre in there... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a mixture of an industrial heritage museum about many things, and and the pumping station's working steam driven beam engines. I would recommend visiting when they have one of their many special events on, or tag it on to a visit to The National Space Centre next door. Overall, really wel ldone

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Corner Brook, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Most interesting. The power from these pumps must have been fantastic. Sadly we did not arrive on a day when these pumps were being exercised. Don't miss the museum that is there too.

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