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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 water play area.

Went to this museum on a Tuesday with our little granddaughter. She saw the rail track and wanted to go on the steam train. We were disappointed to find out the little train only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
25chris0454
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to this museum on a Tuesday with our little granddaughter. She saw the rail track and wanted to go on the steam train. We were disappointed to find out the little train only runs on a weekend. Saying that there were still outdoor water play areas for the children to play with.

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Thank you for your recent visit and taking the time to post a good review. I am very happy to hear your granddaughter enjoyed the Splash Zone but sorry that she was disappointed to miss the train. We would love to be able to run the train throughout the week in all holidays but unfortunately this is not possible at... More 

Eastchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good visit well worth seeing, something for all the family. Staff friendly and helpful, some onsite parking. We parked on road by Kew gardens,ten minute walk away free.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum for the reception of our cousin's wedding and it was truly lovely. The entrance hallway boasted two massive pumps with steps which we could climb up to view from above. A bit tricky in heels and with champers ! The courtyard was used to serve canapes and more champers and the children including the lovely bridesmaids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't really speak highly enough of this place. I am lucky enough to live locally and have a 2 year old daughter who is obsessed with the splash zone out the back, which I have to say I thoroughly enjoy too. Everything has been beautifully and thoughtfully designed so it works properly and looks great, and is extremely educational... More 

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Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our wives went to Wimbledon so we needed something to do; decided on a visit to this small museum and spent around three hours thoroughly enjoying all the magnificent engines and may other very informative displays and features. Very pleasant cafe at the entrance, very friendly and helpful staff and well laid out museum route suitable for all ages. Limited... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with two young kids and thought it was pretty good. There's a fun water area out back that our kids really enjoyed. The train is really good too. The rest is a bit too adult for them but it's a decent museum and well maintained with passionate staff and volunteers.

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Thank antspants04
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Historical items spanning the years, interactive displays suitable for all ages, information on all the exhibits plus water pumps in working order over the weekend. So full of "water awareness" activities and educational items. Very well maintained with helpful staff members. Also a cafe adjoining a shop with relative momentos and books.

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Thank Strelitzia-1
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

NOTE; All the steam engines are beam engines, not locomotives - apart from the two miniature railwayengines. Medium sized museum of history of London's water supply. Limited parking so get there early ( we went on a Sunday and car park and museum cafe was open half an hour before actual museum.) Although there may be on street parking on... More 

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Thank GreenPig
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Almost hidden away, not too far from Kew, is a jewel for the steam engine enthusiast. Also there also on-sight workshops and a working forge dating back to the water works

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Thank Ivan G
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

The Bolton & Watt steam engine is so impressive it's worth the visit just for that, but the whole history of sewage and clean water was unexpectedly full of interest and surprises, with lots for children to do. And then there was the ride on the lovely narrow gauge railway with steam and diesel locomotives. Loved it.

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