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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 53 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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Derby, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
21 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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
4 reviews 4 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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28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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126 reviews 126 reviews
21 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We have been here several times before, but on this occasion we came to witness the four magnificent beam engines in steam simultaneously. It really was a great day out with loads to see and do and there is something to interest all the family. Admittedly there was a lot more going on during our visit as it was a... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A very good technology museum, however as nothing really ever changes on the displays it is best to visit on one of the days when something extra is going on then it is wonderful , steam days, toy days, train days etc are all very busy with lots for children and adults to do

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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Been to Space Center today and a pal had told me to go to the 'Toilet Museum' which is opposite. We realised he meant the Pumping Station and wandered over with 2 tired teenagers. It's a lovely little place, they didn't have any displays outside really but inside is nicely kept, clean and interesting. Went upstairs, wish I could have... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Sorry but The Pumping station was not well presented. No displays were running and it was a gloriously hot day, The 2ft gauge railway engine was not out on display or the signs for it were badly placed, there were no signs for anything outside of the main building but I'm sure they have many items under cover. My biggest... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Our kids' favourite place to go in Leicester. Forget the ride-on railway (which is beautifully maintained) and the huge victorian mechanical pumps - the children LOVE the flushing toilet exhibit, where they essentially flush the loo and follow a flushed poo along clear pipes down to the sewer. Forgot to mention, it's FREE entry - offering 100% better value than... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Take the family on one of the big open days - we went for a classic car show primarily but the artefacts, working industrial machinery, volunteers in contemporary dress, entertainers for kids, cafe, atmosphere etc etc meant we enjoyed a whole day there... endless nooks and crannies to explore and 'workers' to chat with.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

What a little gem. If you want a contrast to the high Tec of the space museum next door then this is the place to visit. Loads of old engines you can smell the oil and feel the steam that would have filled the place in the olden days. The two large Beam pumps are amazing and the size and... More

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