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London Museum of Water & Steam

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Address: Green Dragon Lane, London TW8 0EN, England (Formerly Kew Bridge Steam Museum)
Phone Number: +44 20 8568 4757
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The London Museum of Water & Steam opened it's doors after a major...
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.
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Going Back in Time.

Had a wonderful 3 hours going round this exhibition. Certain items were a trip down memory lane for a retired engineer. Very well laid out with lots to interest the young and old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Had a wonderful 3 hours going round this exhibition. Certain items were a trip down memory lane for a retired engineer. Very well laid out with lots to interest the young and old alike. It proved to make the journey to get there well worth while.The free parking was a bonus too as was our guide.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

A stone's throw from Kew Bridge, this place deserves to be better known. Indoors the museum reveals the achievements of the British industrial revolution - difficult to image just what a breakthrough the use of steam must have been. Outside, there is a quaint little garden well-tended with picnic tables. The cafe is small but comfortable - very friendly and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A small but very interesting place to see how water was delivered to the masses in the City, It is worth a few hours just to see how we have used the water supplied to the tap and how waste it. The steam engines a round the museum are mostly working and show the great engineering that made Britain great,... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We were in London for a meeting nearby so decided to visit on a Sunday in January. Because of the time of year the museum was not showing any of its exhibits actually working (but also they were not charging admission, just asking for donations). Despite the lack of live steam the exhibition was fascinating. We spent much longer there... More 

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

Hi David, Thanks for your review. Really glad you enjoyed your visit - shame that it was during the Winter close-down that you visited - hopefully you can come back and see us after the 14th Feb when we are back in steam. The rotative engines run every Saturday and Sunday, the Cornish engines once a month and the steam... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

You may think you know enough about the title themes of this museum? Come here, you'll learn something! Water and steam are deeply linked - not only for being actually two physical states of the same thing, but also because steam was used to power the water supply! Anyway, here you'll find a lot of things about how the water... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Free during winter and a great exhibit of how London's water supply has developed over time. The engineering marvels - steam pumping engines are incredible closeup, with lots of hands on stuff for kids to enjoy. Interesting explanation about disease and prevention. Highly recommend!!

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The last time I was here was in the 80's and wow. They got a Lottery grant and have made the most of it with so many improvements. Plenty of inter-active exhibits which are fun for all ages and educational too. I never knew water - it's supply and waste - could be so interesting. They have also improved and... More 

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

Thanks for such a lovely review. I'm really glad you enjoyed your visit. Hopefully you will come back and visit us when we are in steam. Between early January and mid-Feb 2015 we have been carrying out essential maintenance on the steam plant and railway (which is why the train was not operating when you visited). We run the railway... More 

Essex, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We popped into this museum on the off chance and were very pleasantly surprised. There is plenty of interactive exhibits to keep both the kids and adults amused and despite part of the museum not being open there was plenty to see and do and it is definitely worth another visit with our grandson

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can come back when we are fully open. The steam pumping engines will be back in action every weekend from the 14th Feb and the steam railway every weekend from Easter. There is also a range of events catering for all age... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Keep warm on a cold day by visiting here and see some really interesting machines in action .demonstrations were spread through the day so possible to see all machines in action Ironically the coldest place was the cafe which was right by the entrance and had automatic doors...so when anyone went near these opened and let in the cold...lovely cafe... More 

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

Hi Jo, thanks for taking the time to review your visit. We've noted your feedback about the door timings. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. We are currently going through our winter maintenance period so will hopefully have this sorted for next year. Thanks again for the review and glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Daughter in Law, 3 year old grandson and myself visited the museum on New Years Day.. first visit for them, but I have been many before years ago. Whatever your age this is a great place to visit with so much to see and experience from the "sewers of London", to a real steam railway to ride on! I know... More 

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