Welcome to Abbey Pumping Station

Step through the doors beneath the 150-foot chimney and you 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, which can be seen on special events days.

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

Email: museums@leicester.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)116 299 5111

Opening times

February to October:
Open Daily: 11am - 4.30pm

November to January:
Closed. Open for special events only.


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Please note entry fees and amended opening hours apply for the museum on selected event days:

Sunday 12th May: Emergency Services Day
Sunday 18th August:
Summer Family Fun Day

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