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Abbey Pumping Station

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Address: Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)116 299 5111
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Engineering Delight

My husband is an engineer and was in heaven! My daughter not so, but it was very interesting. Fantastic how it works. The boys loved it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Lynne H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband is an engineer and was in heaven! My daughter not so, but it was very interesting. Fantastic how it works. The boys loved it.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We live quite close so often pop in for an hour or so as the kids really enjoy it here (mainly flushing the fake poo down the toilet....) Nice when they have events and the little train is running.

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great for lovers of engineering, Victorian architecture and local history. Well worth a visit and free (yes FREE) entry ! The pumps are huge and operational, but DO check ahead for pumping days as the pumps are not in constant use. The museum is interesting, great for lovers of all things 'retro'. It was a trip down memory lane for... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely museum steeped with history. We visited this museum as it is sited right next to the National Space Museum in Leicester. The displays are slightly haphazard but are totally charming and informative. Families of all ages were visiting and all were enjoying their day. On special days, we were told that some of the steam exhibits can be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to watch the beam engines being steamed. it was so interesting to see them working. This was our 3rd trip. if you like looking at old engerneering this is a must.

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1 Thank Claire H
James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks Claire for your review and visit, much appreciated. Hope you can come back and see us again soon! More 

Linkoping, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful museum which has collected a number of impressing machineries which were used locally. There are among others a huge pumping station. The building itself looks like a sturdy cathedral with colourful Greek columns on either side of the passage. There is a "favorite" station, which attracts many young children: showing how to flash a toilet in... More 

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James H, Public Relations Manager at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks for the great review and visit, much appreciated. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just really different, fun exhibit and on selected days there are special events/ fun days and for the best bit.......the museums massive beam engines run occasionally!

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James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review and visit, hope you can come and see us again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good hands-on exhibits, easy to understand explanations of exhibits. We went when beam engines were not working, but still enough to look at to keep us interested for several hours. No catering available but picnic tables in pleasant surroundings for your packed lunch. Oh, did I mention there's no entrance charge, although I think there might be a charge when... More 

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Thank Christine H
James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks Christine for your review and visit, much appreciated. More 

Massigoux
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go on a bank holiday when the pumps are going to be working. It is so awesome to see the beam engines work how they would have done. Spectacular.

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Garstang
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went in June on a steaming day. The advertisement led us to believe that three of the four would be running simultaneously but only one of the four was run at any time due, we were told, to some technical problem. The engines are in a good state of preservation and it was wonderful to watch them running. Steam is... More 

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James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks Ian for your review and visit. Apologies on the number of beams operational that day, due to unforseen technical issues. Hope you can return on one of our other steam days to see the three in action. More 

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