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London Museum of Water & Steam

Green Dragon Lane, London TW8 0EN, England (Formerly Kew Bridge Steam Museum) (Westminster / Belgravia)
+44 20 8568 4757
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Ranked #461 of 1,078 attractions in London
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The London Museum of Water & Steam opened it's doors after a major refurbishment on March 22nd 2014. Come and discover the story of London's water... more » Owner description: The London Museum of Water & Steam opened it's doors after a major refurbishment on March 22nd 2014. Come and discover the story of London's water supply and witness stationary steam pumping engines in action. The museum is also home to a narrow gauge steam railway which is in operation every weekend. Visitors can also enjoy the new Waterworks interactive gallery, with hands on exhibits that bring the story of London's water supply to life and prepare to get wet in the outdoors "Splashzone" where children of all ages can turn wheels, gears and pumps to move water by hand to create amazing outcomes. The rotative steam engines and Waterworks Railway are in operation every weekend with the Cornish Engines running on monthly event days (see website for event listings). After all that, relax and refuel in the Stokers Cafe where you will be able to choose from a range of hot and cold drinks and treats. We are a 5 minute walk from Kew Bridge Station (25 minutes from London Waterloo) and are a short bus journey away from South Ealing station (Picadilly Line + 65 bus) and Gunnersbury (District Line and Overground + 237 or 267 bus). There is a small car park on site for visitors. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This review is from the view of taking a 10 and 8 year old who love to play with water. My 10 year old was worried that he would be bored. Well he wasnt. He was really interested in the heavy machinery. There were 2 areas for playing with machines to move water and this kept the pair of them... More

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Edward S, Trustee at London Museum of Water & Steam, responded to this review

Hi Heather, Thank you for your review - we are delighted you and your family enjoyed your visit. We've worked hard to get the balance between engineering, history and education as well as including interactive elements for our younger visitors and it sounds like we are doing something right! As an independent museum we have a very small number of... More

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

For enthusiasts of Victorian engineering this provides a detailed picture of how they solved the problem of clean drinking water for the capital. The museum is housed in the old engine house with the original beam engines still in place and there are a number of other pumping engines (steam, diesel & electric) plus the story of water/sewage. You will... More

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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This brought back memories to me of my school project on the Water Catchment of North Staffordshire. Seeing the huge pumps in reminded me of all that geography work many years ago and I suspect that many studying similar topics today will find this a good place to visit. I spent about 90 minutes and in that time I was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is a fantastic place if you love steam engines - or less likely you have a great interest in toilets- so if you don't then don't read on. It has possibly the largest working steam engine in the UK and if you pick the right weekend you can watch it in action. Even on a normal weekend there will... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Has some very interesting exhibits about water supply and sewage treatment. However the large steam engines are not terribly interesting unless you are very much into that sort of engineering. good for an hour and a half.

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Emma A, Commercial Manager at London Museum of Water & Steam, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for writing a review of your trip. Glad you found the exhibits and displays interesting. As a working industrial heritage site as well as a museum we have tried to create an experience that caters for all. It is interesting for us to hear that even though the engineering and historic steam engines were not your thing you... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My wife and I have been coming here on an annual membership ticket for some years and visits here have always been very enjoyable. This is the first time we have visited since it has changed its name and we were rather disappointed. We arrived at about 1pm and wanted a cup of tea. The cafe has been moved into... More

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Emma A, Commercial Manager at London Museum of Water & Steam, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for taking the time to leave some feedback and glad that you enjoyed the displays, videos and exhibits we have in our new gallery. The new cafe is run by an outside contractor so we will pass your feedback on to them. All the food is freshly made to order on site which can cause delays, especially it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Engines aren't really my thing but the history behind them all is really fascinating as is the history of the waterworks in London. For small boys (and girls!) there are levels to pull, cogs to turn and water to pump and a really interesting history of water and sewers in the capital. Outside there is a small 'splash zone' which... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I walked past here on the off chance last weekend when the museum and cafe were having their "friends and family weekend" and I am so glad I did! The kids had a wonderful time going round the museum playing on all the interactive games and were positively worn out by the end. The cafe, which you can go to... More

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Bedford, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a collection, including some massive industrial steam engines. The prize is a 90" (that's the diameter of the piston!) Cornish bean engine, originally used for pumping water out of lead mines and now restored to working order -- and they run it every day! This is not about "social and historical context", this is about the machines themselves... More

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Emma A, Commercial Manager at London Museum of Water & Steam, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for your review, I'm delighted you had such a good time when you visited. You must come and see us again once we relaunch - the rotative engines will be running every weekend and we will be demonstrating the Cornish Engines on selected event days monthly (please check website for the event listings). We will also be... More

Valencia, Spain
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

The museum is awesome!! The attendants very knowledgeable and friendly. The sizes of the engines just awesome. It is very impressive to see them working. Well worth the trip and the entrance fee is reasonable too.

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