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Abbey Pumping Station

Abbey Pumping Station

Abbey Pumping Station is Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology, and houses exhibitions on light and optics, historic transport and public health.

Further information

Brief history

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.

Opening times

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

Visitor information

  • 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.

Contact us

Write to us: Corporation Road, Leicester, LE4 5PX
Ring us: 0116 299 5111
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