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“Great place to visit”

Abbey Pumping Station
Ranked #12 of 108 things to do in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

What a little gem. If you want a contrast to the high Tec of the space museum next door then this is the place to visit. Loads of old engines you can smell the oil and feel the steam that would have filled the place in the olden days.
The two large Beam pumps are amazing and the size and weight are breath taking.
Sadly we did not find enough staff to give us an explanation of the exhibits. Well worth the £10 donation we left in donation box (old loo).

Visited April 2014
3 Thank MilanKoria
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335 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Interesting and a bit different”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Great little museum to while away an hour or so with children - lots of hands-on activities and some interesting exhibits. Looking forward to returning on one of the steaming days.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank DrPeterDRobinson
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“abbey pumping station review”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

We visited this following a trip to the space centre. It was excellent fun for both my nine year old son and myself. Very good value for money and interesting exhibits.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank c4arl321
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Unusual Quirky Museum”
Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

Went to Abbey Pumping Station as we had returned to Space Centre with our annual tickets but couldn't get in as they had a special event day. Its free to enter (once you have paid for the ubiquitous car parking). This small quirky museum is well worth an hour of your time. It's interactive exhibits show how plumbing (loos etc) have changed throughout the years. The kids loved it. Lots of interactive exhibits. Well worth the visit.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank MrToms
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Industrial interest; machinery marvel”
Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

Visited Abbey Pumping Station just by chance through surfing the internet a couple of nights before, stumbled upon it through the attraction of a Steam Toy event. On arrival was greeted with a lengthy queue which displays it's popularity and the delightful smells of coal smoke and warm oil. With a very reasonable £3 deposited for the admission, we visited the indoor areas for the event, but progressed to the main pumping station showing off the remarkable operational beam engine reaching vertically through three levels.

We did feel that if the event wasn't on, would there be as much to see (apart from the beam engine which is an exhibit on its own) but if the admission is only £3 you cannot grumble at seeing such a sight for so little cost. There is also the opportunity to ride a steam train around the perimeter; for the 50p per person or £1.50 per family, I'm sure that would excite those of most ages!

It's another one of those places that is a cast iron trophy of our industrial past and should be visited to keep it alive and steaming, run by people that do it for love. Go and support it and enjoy a few hours there whilst it's still here.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Michaeldgibson
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