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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
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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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A hidden gem for a great boys day out!

We found this gem of a place because we were 'collecting the monopoly board' on our trip to London and this was the Waterworks. We visited on a Saturday when volunteer steam... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tessa H
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Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found this gem of a place because we were 'collecting the monopoly board' on our trip to London and this was the Waterworks. We visited on a Saturday when volunteer steam enthusiasts start up and run all the old victorian engines. The engines were superb and my son and his grandfather loved watching them. The interactive exhibition of how... More 

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Thank Tessa H
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A really interesting museum. The engines are amazing. Check the website to visit on a day when they are running. The narrow gauge railway is rather short, limited by the size of the site, but fun. The exhibitions about water supply are interesting. All the volunteer staff very friendly and informative.

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Thank AZiv70
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very fascinating place , all excibites are in a very good cindition, with most in working condition , very friendly staff and helpful. Could spend more time there when working.

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Thank Rick S
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is worth a wonderr around for techies and oldies alike. It is a short walk from the hotel. It is in the original building.

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Thank Robert Y
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a splendid place to discover! So much history and engineering, so well laid out, a must-visit if you are in the area.

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Thank Patrick L
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an all round, top tier spot to spend an afternoon. If you can, make sure to attend on a day the engines are running because they are impressive. 100+ year old steam engines, coaxed to life and put through their paces for all to see. The Engine Drivers have decades of experience and don't mind sharing their knowledge... More 

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Thank Temeaux
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

It's really interesting. There are a lot of ancient steam machines and they are still working! That's amazing! It' s perfect also for family with children. they can learn a lot of things playing with the machines. The staff at the coffee and the reception were really friendly and helpful.

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Thank Vi0la4
London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Lovely museum. Nice cafe for coffee conveniently open earlier than the museum. Carpark small but seemed to be a space most times I looked. Great to see so many engines working. Friendly staff. Excellent information about water treatment through the ages. Really nicely laid out. Train ride was fun too. Lunch in the cafe was nice though very cold sitting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

How big can an engine be? - big, VERY big. One rainy afternoon after a cup of coffee in the adjoining cafe we visited the museum and were amazed at the size of some of the magnificent, massive steam driven static engines. Did you know why there is a huge brick tower above the building? This is a Fred Dibna... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Visited today with two old school friends, as we all appreciate old mechanical engineering. We were not disappointed, loads of huge steam powered pumps on display, and all fully restored but sadly none 'in steam' today so will definitely be revisiting this wonderful place full of Victorian engineering again in the near future to see them in action. Very helpful... More 

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