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

Telephone: +44 (0)116 299 5111

Opening times

The city’s museums are currently planning to reopen on the 21st June 2021, on the condition that the targets needed in terms of reduced rates of Covid-19 have been met.

Please note that some of our venues may reopen before others, that opening hours may vary from our normal offer, and that social distancing measures and the wearing of masks will remain required during your visit.


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