Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Road, is Leicester's main industrial museum. The National Space Centre is next to it, accessed from Exploration Drive.


The museum is in a 1891 Victorian pumping station formerly used for pumping sewage to a sewage farm at Beaumont Leys for treatment. In its operating life up until 1964 the four steam beam engines were cause for much civic pride due to their elaborate decoration.

It is the only engine house in the world where you can see four of the same type (Woolf Compound) of beam engine working in the world. Elsewhere the museum describes public health engineering (both the provision of safe drinkable water and waste disposal) and exhibits early examples of internal combustion machinery. There is also a narrow gauge railway and a transport collection.

The museum is usually open daily with special steam days throughout the year.