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.


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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Covid and your visit

We strongly encourage visitors to wear face coverings in our buildings.

Please take a quick test before visiting our museums to help keep everyone safe. 

Further guidance on the use of face coverings is available at leicester.gov.uk/facecoverings.

For more detailed information visit our Covid FAQ page.

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