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Abbey Pumping Station

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Address: Museum of Technology Abbey Pumping Station Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX, England
Phone Number: +44 116 299 5111
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11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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I actually have to admit that we were heading to the Space Centre but my 9yr old bottled it when it looked noisy and dark from outside- being Aspergers this is as expected, so it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Laura P
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Sittingbourne
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Sittingbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I actually have to admit that we were heading to the Space Centre but my 9yr old bottled it when it looked noisy and dark from outside- being Aspergers this is as expected, so it was to our delight to find the pump station next door-free entry and my two boys' favourite subject- POO! It's not as gross as that... More 

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

Many thanks Laura, great to hear your boys had such a good visit! Hope you can come back and see us again when next in the city. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As well as the big pump which is a magnificent piece of engineering kept in pristine condition, there is also a small museum which explains about sewage and some other historical artefacts. Some hands on stuff too. They have special events too so watch out for them. It's a good place to take the children for an hour or two... More 

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

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

Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building is right next to the National Space Centre. If you are visiting Leicester City centre on a sunny day and want some peace and quiet, take a 1.5 mile walk north of the city along the canal via Abbey Park (where Cardinal Wolsey died and Charles II spent a night after the siege of Leicester) to the Space... More 

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

Many thanks Paul on your feedback and review, much appreciated. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is always worth a visit for the history of Leicester, but unique on open days when the beam engines are working.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little museum with free entry. It is very nostalgic and loads of information, well worth a visit. The beam engines are fantastic and I will definitely return when they are having a steam day and they will be running.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love the Pumping Station. Regular events are held here so there's always something new to look out for - the space allows for seasonal activities such as vintage car shows, traction rallies, picnics, train rides, and summer beach play. Highlights though are always the poo to flush, and the creepy ghost who lurks in the Pump House.

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Thank Family_Simons
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We visited with our children, 3 and nearly 2 years old. They really enjoyed exploring the exhibits and the building. There was lots that they could touch, turn, pull and look at! Although we didn't spend a huge amount of time here it was a great place and enjoyable.

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Doncaster
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We met up with friends in Leicester. We initially went to Abbey Park, then came to the little museum afterwards before home. It has lots of things in a moderately small area. The kids enjoyed pressing buttons and turning cogs, and watching the fake poo go down the toilet! The Beam engines are fabulous. It would be good to return... More 

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Thank Ian S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

This was an unexpected gem. We had just visited the National Space Centre next door, and stopped by on the way back to the car. It was well worth doing so. The museum is free, and contains some beautifully restored examples of Victorian steam engineering. But as well as containing the beam engines, it also explains the development of home... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

What a lovely place and so many buttons to press and things to do for kids and adults alike and it's free! It takes about an hour to look round but worth a visit.

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