Abbey Pumping Station

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
  • Gift Shop
  • Part Disabled Access


Full Description

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.  

Contact & Location

Operator:Leicester Museums
Address:Corporation Road
Leicestershire LE4 5PX
Contacts: 0116 299 5111
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Open days:Daily Feb-Oct 1100-1630. See Events Diary for special events.
By Bus:First 54, Skylink
By Rail: Leicester / 2 miles

Upcoming Events

09 Sep- Heritage Open Day Tours

11am, 1pm and 3pm. Admission to museum free ( £2.00 for museum tour. No on site parking available…

07 Oct- Autumn Railway Day

11am-4pm Admission Free. (Small charge for Railway rides).

28 Oct- Museums at Night: Ghostly Engineer & Other Stories

7pm-10.30pm Museum Admission £3.50 ( Tickets available in advance from all Leicester Museum sites…

03 Dec- Christmas Toys & Steam Day

Standard Admission charges apply (Small charge for train rides. No on site parking available so use the…

04 Feb- Steam Toys in Action

1pm-5pm Admission Adults £3.00 accompanied children free (Plus small charge for train rides. No…

This entry was last updated on 3rd February 2017