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London Museum of Water & Steam

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Address: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford 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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Great for Steam Buffs

We came across this museum by accident after a cruise up the Thames to Kew. It was cold and rainy with hailstones so we decided to take a look. It is an amazing museum for anyone... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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N Yorks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We came across this museum by accident after a cruise up the Thames to Kew. It was cold and rainy with hailstones so we decided to take a look. It is an amazing museum for anyone who is interested in the history of steam, not just steam engines but with household appliances etc. The engineering of the exhibition is to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Went with friends to this museum as it is somewhere they have been wanting to see for some time. It is not large but the exhibits are impressive and are lovingly presented. As an engineering piece it is very good but it is also very educational and well presented and signed for children. I was impressed. The café is basic... More 

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I visited this museum on Easter Sunday, which turned out to be a good choice as it wasn't too busy and the museum was running one of its rare Steam Up events, at which each of the steam engines is powered up so visitors can view it in action. While I am not a massive steam engine buff, this museum... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I haven't been to the museum since the refurbishment but my goodness what a difference. On the good friday and the next 3 days the museum was running every single engine that is able to operate. It was well worth the entrance fee, seen a few people on here moan about the price but for anyone with an interest in... More 

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We thought the museum was brilliant. Not cheap but that is a view clouded by all the free museums in London. It represented really good value for money for our young family and we spent all day there. We particularly liked the interactive exhibits and the displays were modern and informative. The big engines were beautiful and fascinating to watch... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a lovely little museum, privately run (And thus, not free of charge). If you're AT ALL interested in large-scale steam engines - and, frankly, which small or large boy isn't - you should visit this place located in Brentford, London - close to the Richmond river banks of the Thames. The location enables you to catch two interesting... More 

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I arrived an hour early. The museum doesn't open until 11am. I went to the park with and came back again. I had thought I would need two hours, but with half of the displays closed for refurbishment, was done in an hour and fifteen minutes. Mostly large steam engines and the history of the site to rid the Thames... More 

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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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