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Abbey Pumping Station

Abbey Pumping Station Museum

Opening Times | Directions | Access


Abbey Pumping Station is Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology, displaying the city's industrial, technological and scientific heritage.

Situated adjacent to the National Space Centre, the two attractions tell the story of over 200 years of science and technology from the early days of steam and industry, to space exploration of today.

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 Pumping Station closed in 1964.

The beam engines were built in Leicester by Gimsons and are rare examples of Woolf compound rotative beam engines. With all four beam engines now restored back 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. Visit our events pages to see What's On this month. 

The museum also has exhibitions on light and optics, historic transport and public health.

For further information on the collection, events and work done by museum staff, volunteers and friends, please visit the Abbey Pumping Station website. 

The Galleries 


Visitor Information

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Abbey Pumping Station Map
Opening Times:
Open daily: 11am - 4.30pm

(February - October)

Please note: Opening times may vary on special event days.

Open November - January for special events only.

Free admission
(small charge for certain event days and activities)

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Abbey Pumping Station
Corporation Road

Telephone: +44 (0)116 299 5111


Visiting/directions to the museum:

Abbey Pumping Station is located across from The National Space Centre and close to Abbey Park, one of Leicester's finest parks.

Limited parking is available at Abbey Pumping Station and on event days available at the National Space Centre, situated next to the museum.

For more details including local bus information please visit Google Maps.

To plan your journey to Leicester please visit Leicester travel pages.


There is access to most areas of the museum with a battery operated lift providing access into the beam house and electric switch room. Accessible toilet available.

There are two designated disabled parking spaces for Blue Badge holders at Abbey Pumping Station, with other general parking available on site. On event days, disabled parking is available at the National Space Centre, situated next to the museum.

School Group Bookings:

For more information see Museums Learning or telephone 0116 225 4910.

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