museums and attractions

Attractions in London

London boasts a wide range of museums and attractions for all tastes, including the massive beam engines at Crossness Pumping Station and Kew Bridge Steam Museum. There are many transport and military museums catering for all tastes from aviation to maritime and railways.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions in the London and Middlesex area.

 

The Postal Museum

15-20 Phoenix Place, London, Greater London, WC1X 0DA.

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The collection spans five centuries of history, covering everything from groundbreaking design and quirky technology to the intimacy of personal letters.…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway

Kempton Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 7ND.

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2ft gauge railway. The Hanworth Loop is the first stage of a major project to reinstate the historic narrow gauge line that hauled coal from the Thames…

Railways / Rail Centre

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Wimbledon Road, Wimbledon Common, London, Greater London, SW19 5NR.

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The Windmill has been a distinctive landmark since it was built in 1817 to serve the local community. However it only operated until 1864, when the machinery…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Chingford Miniature Railway

Ridgeway Park, Peel Close,, off Old Church Road, Chingford, Greater London, E4 6XU.

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There are two tracks at Ridgeway Park: Raised – 3½in. & 5in. gauge. Ground Level – 5in. & 7¼in. gauge.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Kirkaldy Testing Museum

99 Southwark Street, London, Greater London, SE1 0JF.

Kirkaldy's museum is unique – there are no other preserved Victorian testing machines in their original building, in full working order and with all…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, Greater London, CR0 0XZ.

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Exhibition space includes displays located in the world’s oldest Air Traffic Control Tower in Airport House. Features include interactive display, exhibits…

Transport / Aircraft

Kempton Steam Museum

Kempton Park Water Treatment Works, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 7ND.
Tel: 01932 765 328.

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Home to the world's largest triple-expansion steam pumping engine. Housed in a magnificent 1927 Art Deco building preserved as a steam heritage site, the…

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Steam Tug Portwey

South Quay, West India Dock, London, Greater London, E14 9ST.

Built on the Clyde in 1927, the Portwey is the last working example of a coal-fired, twin-screw steam tug in the UK. Operates on the Thames during the…

Transport / Maritime

Bentley Priory Museum

Mansion House Drive, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 3FB .

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The fascinating story of the beautiful Grade II* Listed country house, focussing on its role as Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.…

Transport / Aircraft

House Mill

Three Mill Lane, Bromley-by-Bow, London, Greater London, E3 3DU.

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Grade I Listed 18th century tidal mill set in a beautiful riverside location in the heart of London’s East End. Originally built in 1776, on an existing…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Cutty Sark

King William Walk, Greenwich, London, Greater London, SE10 9HT.

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The world famous tea clipper has been extensively restored and has been raised off the floor of the dry dock in which she sits to take a more commanding…

Transport / Maritime

Markfield Beam Engine & Museum

Markfield Road, South Tottenham, London, Greater London, N15 4RB.
Tel: 01707 873 628.

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Located in the remains of the Tottenham Sewage Works which now forms part of Markfield Park. The principal exhibit is the Victorian beam pumping engine…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Ruislip Lido Railway

Reservoir Road, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 8TY.
Tel: 01895 622 595.

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12in. gauge, 1 1/4 miles. The line runs through the woodlands skirting the lake from Woody Bay Station beside the beach, all the way round to Willow Lawn…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Harlington Locomotive Society

High Street, Harlington, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5ET.
Tel: 01895 851 168.

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Large circuit of track of both 5in. & 3 1/2in. gauge incorporating a small tunnel as well as a sizeable Gauge One live steam layout with two running lines…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport

Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HW.
Tel: 020 8367 1898.

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Collection of cars, commercial vehicles, fire engines and motorcycles.

Transport / Road

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

10 South Access Road, Walthamstow, London, Greater London, E17 8AX.
Tel: 020 8521 1766.

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Grade II Listed former Victorian sewage works containing two 1897 Marshall coupled horizontal steam engines, one restored and operated by compressed air,…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road, Walthamstow, London, Greater London, E17 9NH.
Tel: 020 8496 4391.

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Local history museum containing the Bremer Car built 1892-4 and locally made Wells Brimtoy and Brittains Ltd toys.

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Tower Bridge Road, London, Greater London, SE1 2UP.
Tel: 020 7403 3761.

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Massive Victorian steam pumping engines and hydraulic machinery in the original engine room form part of the visit to this celebrated landmark. Also exhibitions,…

Transport / Road

Science Museum

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, Greater London, SW7 2DD.

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Seven floors and more than 40 galleries contain probably the world‘s finest collections from science, technology and medicine. The motive power collection…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Royal Observatory

Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London, Greater London, SE10 8XJ.

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The home of Greenwich Meantime and Longitude Zero, the most important scientific site of its kind in the world which contains one of the finest collections…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Royal Mews

Buckingham Palace Road, London, Greater London, SW1W 1QH.
Tel: 020 7766 7302.

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  • Full disabled access

One of the finest working stables in existence and a living part of Britain's heritage, the Royal Mews is responsible for all road travel arrangements…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

RAF Museum London

Grahame Park Way, London, Greater London, NW9 5QW.
Tel: 020 8205 2266.

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Covers the history of the RAF and its predecessors from the early balloon flights of the 1870s to the present day. Over 70 aircraft are on show from a…

Transport / Aircraft

Paddle Steamer – Tattershall Castle

Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, London, Greater London, SW1A 2HR.

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Preserved and moored alongside Victoria Embankment opposite the London Eye, and restored to her former glory with the engine on view. Steam enthusiasts…

Transport / Maritime

National Maritime Museum

Romney Road, Greenwich, London, Greater London, SE10 9NF.

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The world’s largest maritime museum with a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and thousands of other objects. Explore…

Transport / Maritime

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