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.

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.

Address

Abbey Pumping Station
Corporation Road
Leicester
LE4 5PX

Telephone: +44 (0)116 299 5111

Opening times

Opening hours

Daily: 11am - 4.30 pm

Please note

Tickets are not required for your visit. We can only allow a certain number of visitors into the museum at a time which may result in a socially distanced queue before gaining entry.

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Covid and your visit

All visitors to our venues are strongly encouraged to wear face masks and to maintain a social distancing measures during their visit.

For more detailed information visit our Covid FAQ page.

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