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Abbey Pumping Station

One of the beam engines inside the main engine house.
One of the beam engines inside the main engine house.
One of the museum's fire engines, a Dennis F8.
One of the museum's fire engines, a Dennis F8.
" Lenny the Loco" giving rides on an event day.
Some of the vehicles out on display at an event.
Some of the vehicles out on display at an event.

Former Victorian sewage pumping station built in 1890 with four working steam powered beam engines. Museum houses a large science, industry and transport collection, including a working passenger narrow gauge railway.


  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access


Leicester Museums


Corporation Road Leicester Leicestershire LE4 5PX

  • 0116 299 5111
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Open days

Daily Feb-Oct 1100-1630.


By Bus: First 54, Skylink

By Rail: Leicester / 2 miles

The Abbey Pumping Station Museum collects and displays the industrial, technological and scientific heritage of Leicester. Situated adjacent to the National Space Centre, the two attractions tell the story of over 150 years of Science and Technology from Victorian days of steam and industry to the space exploration of today.

The four massive steam engines were built in Leicester by Gimsons and today they are rare working examples of Woolf Compound Rotative beam engines. During selected special events the engines can be seen in steam.

The site's original 2ft gauge railway still functions and carries passengers on special event days. The museum houses a large collection of road transport with some of the earliest examples such as a 1911 Leyland tower wagon through to a prototype electric Mini van built in 1965.  


Sat 4th Aug 2018: Railway Gala Day

Why not come along and ride on the only public narrow gauge railway in Leicester, Ride behind our very own Bagnall steam locomotive built in 1918 for supplying…

Railways / Stationary Steam

Sat 27th Oct 2018: Ghostly Engineer & Other Stories

Visit website for more details and booking. Come along to an evening of chilling story telling in our engine house. Discover the Ghostly Engineer and other…

Industrial / Stationary Steam

Sun 2nd Dec 2018: Christmas Toys & Steam Day

Abbey Pumping Station Museum, Corporation Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PX.
Tel: 0116 299 5111.

Standard Admission charges apply (Small charge for train rides. No on site parking available so use the National Space Centre Car park) . 1pm-5pm Start…

Industrial / Models / Stationary Steam

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