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Abbey Pumping Station

Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX, England
+44 (0)116 299 5111
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Ranked #13 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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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Luxor, Egypt
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

During our stay in Leicester my daughter suggested we visit Abbey Pumping station museum, and I am very pleased she did. It is a wonderful Museum dedicated to social history, it has something to interest almost everyone. Particulary interesting to me were things related to family working history, with the Ruston Bucyrus excavator on show, and a Framework Knitting machine.... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It is a brilliant celebration of Leicestershires industrial heritage. The displays are well laid out, interesting and thought provoking. We will definitely go back when the beam engines are in steam it should be a stirring sight. I will also be very interested to see progress on the old Ruston Steam Face shovel.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

What a treat! all 4 massive steam beam engines running for the first time since it closed to public use (I think), and also a very large exhibition of vintage vehicles - a mixture of periods from very early bicycles through WW2 service machines all the way up to more modern 70s cars. Plenty of steam vehicles and tools too.... More

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Visited on a weekend where all 4 Steam pumps were working together; I think they said in 50 years? What an awesome sight and sound! You have to hand it to those Victorians. The buiding is beautiful as well, considering it was a Sewage Pumping Works. There were other outside attractions as well to mark this very special event. Very... More

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