Abbey Pumping Station
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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  • Mike S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for all the family!
    A fantastic attraction. This Victorian engineering masterpiece is breathtakingly beautiful. Clearly well maintained by its professional and volunteer staff, it provides a fascinating insight into times gone by. The staff are so welcoming and friendly and there are many hidden treasures for both adults and children. Sitting next door to the National Space Centre and sharing the car park, it is easy to access. Entry is free!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • W R
    Colchester, United Kingdom509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abbey Pumping Station
    An interesting museum full of information about how the pumping system works — even a toilet to flush to show children where it all goes! Lots of other artefacts too that used steam engines when they were first invented. Larger items are stored outside and a steam train runs on certain days of the year.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Gwen P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting place to go.
    We loved this place - it was very interesting. Visited with a group of blind people and the staff were very kind in making sure that they were able to get a great sensory experience and were able to get a better idea of the size and shape of some of the exhibits by being allowed to touch them. Well worth a visit when visiting the Space Centre next door - and very different.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Pamgraham1
    211 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good trip back in time
    Thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours looking round the pumping station. Great to go back and see how people of Leicester lived and what purpose the pumping station played in improving everyday life. Will definitely return when they have an open day with the pump working. Kept in really good condition.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Judith H
    Leicester, United Kingdom181 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Why haven't we visited before!
    First visit in 27 years of living in Leicestershire. Well worth a visit. We happened to go on a Tuesday which is train ride day so it was busy with lots of children. Interesting mix of Leicester history such as manufacturing and trams, social history and how sewage disposal works plus, the star attractions, the magnificent engines in the steam hall. Lots of buttons for children to press. Flushing "poo" down the toilet and retrieving it from the sewer at the other end was a big attraction for children. Play area outside. More toilets would be good. The cafe is only open on event days and it only sells shop bought cakes, crisps and drinks but prices are cheap. Plenty of picnic tables around so take a picnic, whichever day you go. We queued for the train ride. Quite bumpy and less than 10 minutes but only 50p. Parking is at the nearby Space Centre. £4 flat rate charge. There is a pleasant walk by the river nearby. Near enough to walk to Abbey Park and back. Distances to city centre etc well signposted. Hoping to return soon with the grandchildren.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Mick W
    Sheffield, United Kingdom90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place for a celebration!!
    I hired the engine room and switch room as part of my birthday celebration and the morning could not possibly have gone any better. When my friends walked into the engine room they were absolutely amazed by the sight of the four magnificent beam engines and their ornately decorated surroundings. One of the engines was in steam and to see this massive piece of machinery working so quietly and smoothly was a real experience. I had wonderd whether some of my guests might not be too interested in the venue but fortunately i need not have worried. Phones were out immediately taking pictures and videos and soon everyone was busy exploring the engine house (which covers 4 floors) with most people even venturing down to the lowest floor which, it has to be said can be a bit wet and oily! Paul, Denis and Bill, volunteers from the Leicester Museums Technology Association were absolutely brilliant. They had dressed in traditional workers clothes and gave enyone a tour of the engine room and engines, explaining the history of the pumping station and the machinery, nothing was too much trouble for them. The morning proved to be a fantastic start to my birthday celebrations and I cannot recommend this venue highly enough. Thank you!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 September 2023
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Mick W
Sheffield, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
I hired the engine room and switch room as part of my birthday celebration and the morning could not possibly have gone any better. When my friends walked into the engine room they were absolutely amazed by the sight of the four magnificent beam engines and their ornately decorated surroundings.

One of the engines was in steam and to see this massive piece of machinery working so quietly and smoothly was a real experience. I had wonderd whether some of my guests might not be too interested in the venue but fortunately i need not have worried. Phones were out immediately taking pictures and videos and soon everyone was busy exploring the engine house (which covers 4 floors) with most people even venturing down to the lowest floor which, it has to be said can be a bit wet and oily!

Paul, Denis and Bill, volunteers from the Leicester Museums Technology Association were absolutely brilliant. They had dressed in traditional workers clothes and gave enyone a tour of the engine room and engines, explaining the history of the pumping station and the machinery, nothing was too much trouble for them.

The morning proved to be a fantastic start to my birthday celebrations and I cannot recommend this venue highly enough. Thank you!
Written 24 September 2023
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Judith H
Leicester, UK181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
First visit in 27 years of living in Leicestershire. Well worth a visit. We happened to go on a Tuesday which is train ride day so it was busy with lots of children. Interesting mix of Leicester history such as manufacturing and trams, social history and how sewage disposal works plus, the star attractions, the magnificent engines in the steam hall. Lots of buttons for children to press. Flushing "poo" down the toilet and retrieving it from the sewer at the other end was a big attraction for children. Play area outside. More toilets would be good. The cafe is only open on event days and it only sells shop bought cakes, crisps and drinks but prices are cheap. Plenty of picnic tables around so take a picnic, whichever day you go. We queued for the train ride. Quite bumpy and less than 10 minutes but only 50p. Parking is at the nearby Space Centre. £4 flat rate charge. There is a pleasant walk by the river nearby. Near enough to walk to Abbey Park and back. Distances to city centre etc well signposted. Hoping to return soon with the grandchildren.
Written 2 August 2023
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Pamgraham1
Leicester211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours looking round the pumping station. Great to go back and see how people of Leicester lived and what purpose the pumping station played in improving everyday life. Will definitely return when they have an open day with the pump working. Kept in really good condition.
Written 17 July 2023
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Gwen P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We loved this place - it was very interesting. Visited with a group of blind people and the staff were very kind in making sure that they were able to get a great sensory experience and were able to get a better idea of the size and shape of some of the exhibits by being allowed to touch them.
Well worth a visit when visiting the Space Centre next door - and very different.
Written 14 July 2023
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W R
Colchester, UK509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
An interesting museum full of information about how the pumping system works — even a toilet to flush to show children where it all goes! Lots of other artefacts too that used steam engines when they were first invented. Larger items are stored outside and a steam train runs on certain days of the year.
Written 17 May 2023
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Zoe ChingYee C
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Accidental visit after space museum. Has a nice little park for the kids too.
Went with my 5yo who loved the miniature train in the reception area and the different things to push, pull and press. The staff were really helpful when he found a derailed train and helped him open the display just to make it work again for him.

Go on their website to find days with events as they sometimes have railway days. Lovely little walk beside the river too.

£4 all day parking if you use space museum car park.
Written 2 May 2023
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Mike S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A fantastic attraction. This Victorian engineering masterpiece is breathtakingly beautiful. Clearly well maintained by its professional and volunteer staff, it provides a fascinating insight into times gone by.
The staff are so welcoming and friendly and there are many hidden treasures for both adults and children.
Sitting next door to the National Space Centre and sharing the car park, it is easy to access.
Entry is free!

Written 27 March 2023
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Ken R
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
So much to see and understand about local history. The beam engine room is excellent. Learnt so much from the visit
Written 22 March 2023
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Hannah G
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Found this adorable little museum by accident. It's free to visit and wonderfully nostalgic, I would recommend for people interested in social and industrial history. Very friendly staff as well.
Written 2 November 2022
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Fotheringay
London, UK72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Like others before, I found this museum a fun, fluffy and free dessert after the science of the Space Centre, that is located nearby. Yet the tech on display here is every bit as impressive an example of its own era, and the museum makes excellent use of a lovely building. This in itself must be applauded.

The star of the show is the sight and smell of a grand old beam engine, while the displays on a more human scale were also intriguing young and old alike when I visited. There is a decent amount of buttons to press too, though sadly a few were in need of a tap with a Birmingham screwdriver to coax them back into life.
Written 28 August 2022
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Abbey Pumping Station is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:30