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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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Brilliant little museum. Really interesting and lots to see. I loved this place and there are things to try such as old toys. Good for teaching children. It's free to go in in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Georgina A A
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant little museum. Really interesting and lots to see. I loved this place and there are things to try such as old toys. Good for teaching children. It's free to go in in but well worth a donation.

Thank Georgina A A
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56 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After departing the National Space Centre, I saw this museum, which was not on my list because I didn't realize it was there! I went in. The lady behind the desk asked if she had not seen me at the Guildhall 2 days before? Of course, she had! the pumping wheels were great. I enjoyed all the technology exhibits- on... More 

Thank HistoricHotelFan
Milton Keynes, UK
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88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do watch their opening times, as they are closed in the winter. It's free and next to the National Space museum. Parking is also free in their grounds. An eclectic mix of Leicester history around the sewage, transport etc. The buildings and pumping engine dominate, and its worth seeing and smelling them up close. Also ride the industrial railway for... More 

Thank Willett
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have'nt been here for some time but great place to take young childern to learn , and there is always some one on hand to explain things .

Thank Kim C
Leicester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

lively grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed being allowed to pull, press and touch the exhibits, admission was free. but parking at nearby space centre was £3. well worth a visit

Thank Dora1950
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect place for history and engineering. Not many places like this around anymore. Go on a day when they have them working you will NOT be disappointed, although you may end up a little deaf-take ear plugs!

Thank Matt P
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Big beam engine which we weren't allowed to see as there was a wedding on in the engine house. I'm sure its worth a visit when its operating. The attached museum had some good stuff outside - a historic steam shovel, an old electric crane and an interesting steam turbine. Inside was less good with a museum of drainage -... More 

1 Thank test400
Milton Keynes
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180 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The contents of the pump house - giant steam engines - and the elaborate exterior building shell are well worth detouring miles to see. However, the internal displays about water supply and social history room setting are maybe a little bit on the tired side? There are many special event days during the year and it is probably worth aiming... More 

Thank Stephen J
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The Victorians were so proud of a grand engineering project- even when it was for pumping poo! Consequently the have contrived to take the most mundane of things - a sewage pump- and turn it into something magnificent and splendid. Check out the pin-striping, and Doric columns - wonderful.

Thank Viggenboy
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This sounds really attractive but, like so many museums, is now aimed firmly at the 'parents with hyper-energetic kids' market, with activities, trails and distractions to keep them running around wildly and excited. For older visitors, tehre's plenty of interest but the over-zealous staff ensure that you're not allowed to see it ... the walkways to view the beam engines... More 

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