Abbey Pumping Station
Abbey Pumping Station is Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology, displaying the city's industrial, technological and scientific heritage. The museum houses exhibitions on light and optics, historic transport and public health.
Opened in 1891, the Abbey Pumping Station pumped Leicester's sewage to the treatment works at Beaumont Leys and the grand Victorian building and beautifully decorated beam engines were a cause of great civic pride. The building closed as a pumping station in 1964.
The beam engines were built in Leicester by Gimsons and are rare examples of Woolf compound rotative beam engines. All four beam engines have been restored to working condition and can be seen in steam at one of our special events, the only place in Britain this magnificent sight can be seen.
For further information on the collection, events and work done by museum staff, volunteers and friends, please visit the LMTA Abbey Pumping Station website.
|Days||Opening hours (February - October)|
|Monday||11am - 4:30pm|
|Tuesday||11am - 4:30pm|
|Wednesday||11am - 4:30pm|
|Thursday||11am - 4:30pm|
|Friday||11am - 4:30pm|
|Saturday||11am - 4:30pm|
|Sunday||11am - 4:30pm|
*Please note Abbey Pumping Station is closed during the Christmas and New Year period.
- Open November - January for special events
- Free admission (small charge for certain activities on event days)
- Abbey Pumping Station is located next to The National Space Centre and close to Abbey Park
- Limited parking is available and on event days there is availability at the National Space Centre situated next to the museum. The Birstall 303 Park and Ride service also stops at Abbey Pumping Station and the National Space Centre.
There is access to most areas of the museum with a lift providing access into the beam house and electric switch room. An accessible toilet is also available.
Write to us: Corporation Road, Leicester, LE4 5PX
Ring us: 0116 299 5111
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