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Abbey Pumping Station

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Address: Museum of Technology Abbey Pumping Station Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX, England
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+44 116 299 5111
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11:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:30

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Superb beam engines

We walked here after a disappointing visit to the NSC. And in all honesty we enjoyed walking around this free museum and seeing the fantastically restored beams engines far more... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Scubadgh
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Swindon
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Swindon
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked here after a disappointing visit to the NSC. And in all honesty we enjoyed walking around this free museum and seeing the fantastically restored beams engines far more than the NSC. I found it very formative and interesting, the exhibits are a collective mix but interesting none the less.

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James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks for your visit and coming to see the museum too, we hope you can visit us again for one of our events too soon. More 

Norfolk, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw this as I was leaving the over rated National Space Center and I was glad I did. Built around the beam engine sewage pumping works which have been beautfully renovated it was a bit of Leicester Social History. They have brought together an eclectic group of displays showing bathroom/toilet/ and domestic life up until guess 1970. Best display... More 

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Thank Baggywrinkle75
James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks for coming to see us too, we're delighted you had such a good visit and hope you can visit us again for one our events soon. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

A very nice building, and some nicely put together recreations. The star is the beam engine with its amazing Victorian columns and pillars and the quality of the restoration work which must have gone into it. A nice setting and so close to the National Space centre.

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Thank matthewtaylor1970
James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks for your visit and great review. Hope you can come and see us again soon. More 

Fellbach, Germany
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83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

A perfect place to have a look an Victorian engineering. It is not a very big site but worth a visit.

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Thank kappelzwerg
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Very interesting venue, giving an insight to the water industry. The Beam Engines are magnificent and beautifully restored and displayed. The use of water through the ages is well illustrated. Combine this visit with the Nation Space Centre ( Next Door ) and a great day out will be enjoyed.

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Thank Roy H
James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks for your great review and visit. Hope you can come back and see us for one of our events at the museum too. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This is an interesting place to visit at any time, but even better on event days when the steam engines are running. It tells the tale of its past and a lot of other things too. They have old buses, a steam roller etc. Children like it too so it's not just for grown ups. They especially like taking the... More 

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James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks Pam for your great review and visit. Hope you can come back and see us again soon! More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

OK, there's more to it than that, but there is an impressive array of toilets through the ages, and a working model of a sewer. The kids will love this. Bright, airy, welcoming and right next to the Space Centre, so can be added on as a bonus.

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Thank B M
James H, Marketing and Communications at Abbey Pumping Station, responded to this review

Many thanks for your great review and visit. Hope you can join us again soon for one our events too. More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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463 reviews
240 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I was expecting a grand Victorian extragant spectacular pumping station as can be found not too far away in Nottinghamshire. What we got instead was a strange mixture od the history of various parts of Leicestershire life over the past century,. inculding the origin and use of the pumping station.......(and a stuffed Polar Bear, for some unexplained reason). Some of... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I decided to have a look at the Abby Pumping Station which isn't far from me, well worth a visit, I found it very interesting and it is free.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Unless you're an enthusiast, you may want to give this place a miss. Probably better to invest a bit of money and visit the National Space Centre across the road. I only came here because I had 30mins free before the 'We Are Stars' show in the NSC.

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