Abbey Pumping Station

Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester: Hours, Address, Abbey Pumping Station Reviews: 4.5/5

Abbey Pumping Station
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Abbey Pumping Station is Leicester's museum of science and technology, displaying the city's industrial, technological and scientific heritage. Opened in 1891, Abbey Pumping Station pumped Leicester's sewage to the treatment works at Beaumont Leys. The grand Victorian building and beautifully decorated beam engines were a cause of great civic pride, having built in the city by Gimsons. They are rare examples of Woolf compound rotative beam engines, and with all four beam engines now restored to working condition, they can be seen in steam on special event days – the only place in Britain this magnificent sight can be seen.
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Ashley
2 contributions
Oct 2021
Just next door to the National Space Centre is the wonderful Abbey Pumping Station Industrial Museum, which Leicester is rightly very proud of. It houses four huge Victorian beam engines and has sections on some of Leicester's old industries. The museum shows the hidden engineering still required to support every big city in the world: waste-water management, the tramway and transport networks and a whole host of others. These engineering skills remain essential in the modern world and it would be a shame to keep them hidden. The volunteers who run and maintain the museum are very chatty and on a quiet day you may be lucky enough, as we were, to have them give you a personal tour of 'their babies' (the big beam engines). It is a great museum run by great people
Written October 10, 2021
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alisdair t
Workington, UK5,565 contributions
Sep 2021
We called in here, not expecting it to be as an impressive museum. It was free entry, but left a nice donation. Its well laid out, with lots of artefacts about Leicesters industrial history, and social history, and how the clean water was supplied in Victorian times. The beam engines were fantastic, and would have loved to see them working.
Written September 26, 2021
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rebeljenn
Ruislip, UK884 contributions
Aug 2021
The museum had information about water use and how it is used over the ages. You can also see the sewer pumps here too.
Written August 27, 2021
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Eszter K
London, UK20 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Three of us enjoyed how great is to go back in our past. We loved the old bus and cars. Surprisingly some of them is still working. Great experience for both adults and children.
Written August 12, 2021
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erikahowarth
Leicester, UK77 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely morning out the kids thoroughly enjoyed it something for all ages the older children loved going in the museum to see how things were done in the olden days and the younger children loved the park, for me just missing was a nice cafe
Written August 11, 2021
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MIW
Loughborough, UK47 contributions
Aug 2020
Have been coming here on and off for several years. Great place to just slip into and spend an hour or so being taken back to bygone years. Every so often the have some great displays and is well worth the visit. Some of the event days may even yield van cooked chips which are great! So if you want to see how the Victorians did it, or how your loo works, give this place a visit. The kids will love it!
Written July 13, 2021
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maria w
Leicester, UK186 contributions
Mar 2020
A good day out to take the whole family, full of history and even a train ride so what are you waiting, take a picnic and get down there
Written February 2, 2021
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nexoy
West Sussex Coast516 contributions
Sep 2020
Certain restrictions having been lifted the pumping station was open on a Thursday. Masks to be worn and hands sanitised. One way route to follow but it all was doable and we felt safe and thought about. We found it very interesting and it's 'free'! Would imagine it would be well worth a visit on special open days when the steam turbines are working.
Written September 15, 2020
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Thanks so much for coming to see us and for your kind review. Hope we can welcome you back on a future steam day event!
Written September 21, 2020
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Martin D
4 contributions
Oct 2019
took grandchildren to pumping station they had a whale of a time riding on the train and viewing the exhibits the loved the Victorian plumbing exhibit and found it great fun
Written September 1, 2020
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Thanks so much for coming to see us and for your kind review. Great to hear you all enjoyed the museum and train too!
Written September 2, 2020
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59RON
Leicester, UK84 contributions
Feb 2020
Much better than the space centre, only trouble kids running riot spoiled the enjoyment but not the stations fault. Quite a few interesting exhibitions but its a shame the beam engine is rarely running as this would really improve the show and allow them to charge to see it.
Written March 10, 2020
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Many thanks for coming to see us and you kind review, great to hear you enjoyed the visit. Yes, the beam engines are running on our special steam events, so hope you can join us for one of these in the future.
Written March 11, 2020
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Abbey Pumping Station is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM