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Papplewick Pumping Station

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Address: Papplewick Pumping Station Longdale Lane, Ravenshead NG15 9AJ, England
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Victorian fresh water pumping station that is now an industrial heritage...

Victorian fresh water pumping station that is now an industrial heritage attraction and wedding venue.

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"Pick a day when in full steam"

Many forms of British Victorian engineering at their very best. First, the Pump House which we purposely visited on a Steaming Day, a must! The building, the size, the smell, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 December 2016
UnkiFesta101
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Many forms of British Victorian engineering at their very best. First, the Pump House which we purposely visited on a Steaming Day, a must! The building, the size, the smell, the sound of steam being released. How these huge beam engines are able to move so effortlessly and quietly is truly incredible. Though, you can feel the movement through the... More 

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Thank UnkiFesta101
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This station has a beautiful machine. I have been twice and seen it working once, it is worth seeing! There is a steam punk fair that goes on once a year and it suits the station.

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Thank stoneeliz
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We arrived on a damp Sunday morning knowing that they were not 'pumping' on the day but thought it might be worth the trip out. And it really was! The volunteers there are soooo enthusiastic it's infectious. They were cleaning out boilers and generally cleaning the equipment and gearing, etc but made sure every visitor had a full tour with... More 

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Thank ClerkyC
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Well run with ample free parking. check the web site for steam days and see these magnificent Victorian machines working.

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Thank John H
Birmingham
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25 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

As a piece of industrial heritage, Papplewick Pumping Station has to Be one of the most interesting unusual and well preserved Victorian Water Works in the country. It highly ornate ironwork and stained glass windows showcases the civic pride of the Victorians took with their contribution to the health and wellbeing of the population. We are fortunate that back in... More 

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PapplewickPS, General Manager at Papplewick Pumping Station, responded to this review

Dear Morturn, Thank you for your review and I am sorry to hear that you and your friends had an unfortunate experience when visiting the Pumping Station in October. The behaviour described sounds very out of character for our volunteers that help run the museum but the Trust takes such comments very seriously and I will be investigating the incidents... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We volunteer here each year at the 1940 wartime weekend in October. This is a really good day out for the whole family. So much to see and do and a sensible entrance price plus easy parking. A nice cafe too.The wartime weekend has added attractions onsite however there is much to see and experience at this interesting heritage site... More 

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Thank susanlei
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Interesting place made more so by the 40's event taking place. Needed more and better stocked snack and drink facilities.

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Thank Ivan R
Rugeley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Visited along with many other re-enactors as part of the 1940's war weekend. A brilliant event with plenty to see for those interested in that part of our history. Event aside the Pumping Station is a wonderful experience and really enjoyed wandering around the various exhibits and seeing them working. An incredible piece of history and well worth a visit... More 

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Thank Ben W
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The pumping station is set in lovely surroundings with a nice lake but that's about it the park is quite grubby and dated and the pumping station itself was expensive costing us around £20 for a family of 6 the guide was very slow talking and unable to hold the interest of the children looked much nicer online maybe ok... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The Engine house is a treasure of engineering and architecture, just seeing this is worth the entrance money. Take the time to go up the stairs and see the roof structure. There is an excellent reasonably priced cafe selling tasty sandwiches and yummy cakes and other snacks. There are guided tours around the underground reservoir once used to supply water... More 

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