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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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Good for the price

Smaller, but well presented museum. Steam engines were impressive. As an American who collects stationary steam engines it was a lot of fun. Seemed family friendly as well.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Kyle D
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Smaller, but well presented museum. Steam engines were impressive. As an American who collects stationary steam engines it was a lot of fun. Seemed family friendly as well.

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Wimborne Saint Giles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great museum and is worth your attention. The story of water and sewerage in London is intriguing and relates to us all, which the museum convey excellently. The site is easily accessible and surprisingly compact given the huge story it tells. There are hands on activities for all ages and much is explained simply and clearly so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Unknown to most people, should advertise a bit more. Really interesting place. Good interactive options for children and adults. Should get school trips.

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Thank you for your positive feedback and advice! I am glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you back at the Museum soon. Penny Jenkins Museum Director More 

Isleworth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

What a rip off £12 for adults and £6 for children with only the train decorated for Halloween and a trail of find the numbers to enter the Halloween competition. Children are allowed the equivalent of 2 starburst sweets. A table to cut out paper to make spooky themes. Very disappointing! No bouncy castle or any other outdoor entertainment! Would... More 

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Management response:

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you felt your visit was poor value for money. As a not for profit charity we rely on the admissions revenue to support us in preserving our historic engines so it very important that we have happy visitors. As well as our day... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

We had really lovely day out with my partner and children. My children loved this place . It's a on of the greatest attraction in London.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Quirky and fun venue for a family 50th birthday staff friendly and the steam train ride added to the fun

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

A delightful museum with insights into the history and present of a vital utility. If you go on the right day you can see a selection of steam engines in operation and chat to the enthusiasts who keep them going.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

My overwhelming memory of our Christmas at this venue was 'dank', dark, cold and the lighting made it uncomfortable. That might be a personal skew from me. The food and drink was alright, a good time was had by all...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

A proper old fashioned yet exciting visit. Great ole school cafe, serving good food at good prices. Would make an excellent and unusual party or event venue.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit to learn about the history of water in the capital. The 90 inch engine and the other colossal machines for pumping water are as impressive in their own way as Egyptian temples - 'Karnak-on-Thames'? If you have children they will be fascinated by the processes which convert sewage to drinking water - good attraction to visit... More 

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