Welcome to Abbey Pumping Station

Step through the doors beneath the 150-foot chimney and your will discover how Leicester’s Victorians tackled some of the big issues of the day, including how to keep clean water flowing for the growing City.

Sewage and hygiene were mighty problems in the Victorian city and Leicester had a mighty solution with its four magnificent beam engines, now restored to working condition.

Not only for the steam enthusiast, Abbey Pumping Station has exhibits that encourage all the family to get hands-on with the history of science, industry, transport, health and hygiene.

The museum also charts the early days of motorised transport with a rare collection of vintage vehicles including buses, fire engines, a chip van, a hansom cab and its own narrow-gauge railway.

To see one of our massive beam engines in full-steaming action, look out for our special event days and while you are here, enjoy our technology-themed outdoor children’s play area and sensory garden. Parking is available at the neighbouring National Space Centre. You can even hire some of our spaces for your own event or wedding.


Abbey Pumping Station
Corporation Road

Telephone: +44 (0)116 299 5111

Opening times

Temporary opening times

Open February to October

Thursday to Sunday: 12pm – 4:30pm (timed tickets)

Leicester’s Museums & Galleries are Covid-19 secure buildings, for your safety we request that all visitors book in advance.

Entrance is by timed/pre booked tickets. Tours will be one-way and expected to last no more 1 hour 30min.

Advance booking will be essential via the link listed further down this page.


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COVID Notice

Abbey Pumping Station is COVID Secure and is following current government guidance with procedures in place to protect your safety.

Supplying Track & Trace details and the wearing of face masks inside Leicester Museums & Galleries is mandatory.

Please visit our COVID FAQ page before your visit so you are prepared and can enjoy your visit to our museums and galleries.

Book your tickets

We will be moving to a walk-in visit system from the 1st of October. Visiting the museum will not require a ticket from that date onward. If the museum is full then we will employ a one-in-one-out policy.

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