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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 #454 of 1,107 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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Snodland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Quaint museum with some huge exhibits, along with some great hands on examples of how steam and water machinery work. If your Kids like the science museum they'll like this. My 10 year old son was interested in how it all worked and loved playing around with the hands on water pump displays, steam pump model, and the splash zone... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The newly refurbished steam museum is excellent. Perfect entertainment for my 3 children (2,4 and 6), not to mention husband... The outside water play area was a top favourite, as was the steam train. Plenty of interactive activities and informative volunteers as well as some free crafts kept everyone interested. Lovely outside garden too - great for a picnic. The... More

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We took our three year old twin grandchildren to the Museum and had a wonderful day out. They were free and we paid £11 each for an annual membership (£10 for the day) as we live about a mile away. The place is full of enthusiast and the machinery is generally very interesting. The interpretation is also very good especially... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I think the entry price (£11:50 for adult , £5 child) is too high. I visited a couple of times before the major refurbishment few years back and I preferred it then - but I understand the reasons for trying to appeal to a wider audience.I am glad the museum exists but I just think if the price was halved... More

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

Hi Cheryl, I'm sorry you felt your visit was poor value for money. We set our ticket prices in line with similar London attractions and haven't dramatically changed our pricing structure over the last few years despite rising costs of opening the museum (you wouldn't believe the gas bill)! We run the railway and rotative steam engines every weekend, the... More

Tonbridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A great day out for young and old. Its always amusing when you see exhibits from your childhood - OK not the beam engines! Wonderful exhibits explaining the progression from Victorian engineering to today, bringing water to our homes and removing the sewage. Then to the massive steam beam engines, several of which are in working order and are demonstrated... More

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Jhb
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were lucky enough to have the train running on a Friday and that was probably the highlight for my son. The splash zone was fun and the steam engines were very impressive. All let down by the most dreadful lunch in the cafe with surly waiter. The rest of the staff were helpful and pleasant though. But be warned... More

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

Hello, Thanks for taking the time to review us. Delighted you enjoyed the museum especially the new interactive exhibits and Waterworks Railway. The train normally runs on a Saturday and Sunday so good timing on your part. I'm sorry to hear about your experience with the Cafe - it is run by an outsourced contractor and not the museum itself... More

London, United Kingdom
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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