Kempton Steam Museum & Waterworks Railway

Kempton Steam Museum & Waterworks Railway

Kempton Steam Museum & Waterworks Railway
5
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Slo01
England, UK262 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
What a great place to go and see. It's hard to imagine how machine like this were made almost 100 years ago. That they were saved and are still working is amazing and a tribute to all those volunteers past and present. The free guidebook is excellent with just enough information. The small on site cafe came as a welcome suprise as I found no mention on the website. A welcome latte and cake midway through the visit. Seeing the Morgan cars all lined up outside was a bonus. Not sure if we missed the sign off the dual carriageway or perhaps it's missing from that underpass roundabout but we worked it out. Great value well done
Written 23 April 2023
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Chris C
London, UK2 contributions
Aug 2022
I visited during the August 2022 live steam event with my wife. We both had an amazing day out here. Watching the colossal, 4 storeys high, Sir William Prescott Engine in steam was incredible in itself, as was walking around and viewing such beautifully engineered, British made, equipment.

But the thing that really made it for us was the volunteers. We went on a brilliant tour of the Lady Betty Prescott Engine, carried out by a lovely chap named John Barnes. His knowledge and enthusiasm was contagious and, even though the tour dealt with a variety of technical subjects, he explained them really well -- it must be tough balancing a tour like this between some visitors with technical knowledge, and some just curious members of the public, be he handled it all brilliantly.

Later on, while wandering around the building looking at various machinery, we were engaged by two different volunteers on separate occasions (sorry, I didn't catch their names) who were so knowledgeable and really keen to share their knowledge and also to get our opinions of the day and everything we'd seen. These volunteers really make this a special day out in my opinion.

For the price, this is very good value for money, and an essential day out for anyone interested in the classic era of British engineering that I hope will return one day.
Written 23 August 2022
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Prairie Sun
38 contributions
Aug 2021
An amazing day out, that is a bit different to the usual. Mighty steam engine, incredible engineering, plenty of exhibits to marvel over. Great fun watching the small donkey engine, start the main engine revolving! The main engine is humongous enough, yet operates so quietly.

Go on a day the main engine is being operated.

There is the small waterworks railway outside, which is fun for the kids, but a little tame. Would be nice when it is extended, to the course of the original waterworks railway.

Easy access, as it is right by a junction near the start of the M3, although parking is a bit grim under the M3 flyover.

Overall, a very enjoyable afternoon.
Written 12 September 2021
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JSMLondon
London9 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The relatively plain exterior doesn’t prepare you for the amazing sight when you enter. What an extraordinary place. The staff are real enthusiasts, keen to share their knowledge with you. A true hidden gem.
Written 5 September 2021
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Ann L
Surbiton, UK17 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Wonderful time at Kempton Steam Museum today. Amazing building and wonderful engineering to see. The volunteer staff were wonderful and very happy to give you a one to one exceptional tour. Thank you Harry for making our visit so special. Would certainly recommend a visit.
Written 26 June 2021
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David
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Words can't express my feelings , just enjoy with little things in life , for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
Written 8 January 2020
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Mike U
Woking, UK23 contributions
Sep 2019
I visited the Steam Museum on 21st September, because I had been given a Guest Engine Driving Experience for my birthday. How cool is that? I'd driven past it many times and knew that the engine was the largest of its type in the world still operating but nothing prepares you for the scale of it when you walk in the door. It is immense! There are six levels, four for the engine itself and two for the water pumps underneath, so there are a lot of stairs.
My day started with a tour of the engine and an explanation of the various features and systems. It is surprisingly sophisticated compared with, say, a railway locomotive and requires a great deal of preparation in advance to get it up to the right temperature before running can take place. During the day, the engine was run four times for 30 mins each and I was allowed to take part in each one. My involvement increased each time till I was controlling it on my own (badly at first!). It is awe-inspiring being that close to 1000 tons of massive machinery, 130 tons of which are rotating only a few feet away.
The staff, all of which are volunteers, are extremely knowledgable, very friendly and willing to explain about the engine and how it works. They were also very forgiving when I made the mistake of turning the control wheel the wrong way! There's also a handy little cafe with plenty of snacks and hot drinks.

I had a brilliant day at the museum and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is at all interested in seeing (and feeling!) proper engineering in action.
Written 23 September 2019
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Gastap40
Epsom, UK56 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Been meaning to visit this place for years. Finally went in conjunction with a car show.
The museum is fascinating for anyone who has the slightest interest in things mechanical. The pumps themselves are overwhelming. There are guides who are very knowledgeable to help you understand how the whole thing operates. Brilliant organisation by the volunteer staff. There is a lovely little cafe serving tea, coffee and homemade cakes, all very reasonably priced, which makes such a change these days!!
Written 23 September 2019
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Love2Bake'n'Foodie
London, UK8 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Have wanted to come here for a long time with my lil one and nephews/nieces. It is good vfm & a great place to visit on a weekend morning. We came on Dinosaur day and the children loved riding on the train. There was activity for the children to do on the ride round which is lovely.
A really nice place to come and also worth it if weather is good and you can have a picnic! The cafe in the museum is lovely too!
Written 18 September 2019
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Alexandra M
Sunbury-On-Thames, UK89 contributions
May 2019 • Family
We come here a few times a year. It is great value for money & a great place to go on weekend mornings. The children love riding on the steam train & they have things for the children to do on the ride round which is lovely.
There are toilets & a small but lovely little wooden train for the children to play on. If that area was made bigger with more apparatus I think it would invite even more people. They do parties aswell in the steam museum which I have heard are fantastic & again very good value for money.
A really nice place to come
Written 16 June 2019
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KEMPTON STEAM MUSEUM & WATERWORKS RAILWAY: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Kempton Steam Museum & Waterworks Railway is open:
  • Tue - Tue 10:30 - 16:00
  • Thu - Thu 10:30 - 16:00
  • Sat - Sun 10:30 - 16:00


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