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Royal Arsenal Narrow Gauge Railway

There is usually a long walk from the car park to the main building. On open days the journey has... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Fabulous open day with Prince Consort in Steam

Had this one on the list for some time and so glad we went today. So informative with good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dunstable, United Kingdom
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A 19th century sewage pumping station restored in part to its original high Victorian glory. Four massive James Watt beam engines, one fully restored, one in restoration and two in magnificent dilapidation await you. We steam 5 days a year. Situated...more
Belvedere Road | The Old Works, London SE2 9AQ, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There is usually a long walk from the car park to the main building. On open days the journey has been enhanced with a ride on the RANG railway. The diesel locomotive Bazalgette takes visitors along a recently laid track for about 300 metres free...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had this one on the list for some time and so glad we went today. So informative with good facilities and welcoming staff. Great to see Prince Consort in action. The Beam House has incredible ironwork - so pretty. Only £8 for an adult entry...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looking back into history and the genius of Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The restoration work is ongoing, but it is a delight to see. Lots of volunteers to guide you around, and an added bonus was the fact that the Prince Consort engine was " in...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank kellboy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About 9 miles downstream along the Thames from Greenwich, more than 7 miles downstream from London's moveale defence against flooding, is the beautiful mid 19th Century pumping stations. The building itself is full of over-the-top neo-Gothic iron work and the brickwork also echos that. Inside...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank David D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Apart from pre-booked guided tours, only open a few Sundays a year this is Victorian engineering at its best. Restored and run by committed friendly volunteers it was a excellent visual and informative visit.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 31, 2019 via mobile

Took my dad for his birthday with mum on a ticketed tour day. Spent 40 minutes trying to find by road, gave up and parked by the Thames path and walked. No access from the path, by pure fluke a volunteer saw us standing in...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 23, 2019

A wonderful survivor of Victorian enterprise, huge pieces of machinery, which are operated on certain days (sadly, not on the day I was there due to a fault of some sort) but still a great visit. Managed by enthusiastic volunteers, some of whom gave a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank George T
Reviewed July 2, 2019

My partner and I visited the pumping station today. The tour was excellent and all the volunteers here were very knowledgable and enthusiastic. We spent approx 3.5 hours here, including the tour. The restoration has been done extremely well so far, and continues I would...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank leasuretaker
Reviewed June 6, 2019 via mobile

A great few hours spent at the pumping station earlier this week. Beautiful building, the work the volunteers have undertaken over the past 30 years is truly amazing. Our guide Wally was knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. For anyone who has an...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Clairepeters
Reviewed June 3, 2019

We visited the Crossness Pumping station with my father on a sunny Sunday in June, I had seen this featured on a television programme some time ago and had been looking for an opportunity to visit when the engines were due to be operational. We...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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July 15, 2019|
Response from John G | Reviewed this property |
yes. The spiral staircase does give you a good view of the steam engines but not going up them won't spoil your experience.
October 4, 2018|
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Response from steeljammer | Reviewed this property |
The area was closed due to the discovery of asbestos. An estimate of nearly £1m was made for the clearing of the asbestos. With grants, we have now cleared the upper area and it will be available for visitors next year. We... More
Fiona M
June 4, 2017|
Response from GeorgeIII | Reviewed this property |
We drove there with friends; there are stations a few miles away - if you don't mind a little walk after; Woolwich Arsenal DLR is 3 miles distance