Waterworks Museum – Hereford

The story of drinking water brought to life through massive working pumping engines. Key exhibits include a triple-expansion and a twin-cylinder inverted steam engine (both by Worth McKenzie), a Simpson beam engine, rare hot-air, gas and diesel engines, hydraulic rams, turbines and pumps, overshot waterwheel and wind pump.


  • Parking
  • Gift Shop
  • Refreshments
  • Disabled Access


Full Description

Step into a Victorian water-pumping station in full steam, with the oldest triple-expansion steam engine (Worth Mckenzie 1895) working in Britain, in a beautiful setting by the River Wye.  Many historic steam, beam, gas, hot-air and diesel engines all working plus wind pump and overshot waterwheel. Two Hayward-Tyler hot-air engines working and pumping water. Many single-cylinder internal combustion engines plus a five-cylinder Blackstone diesel engine (1939). This is industrial heritage brought to life through massive working pumping engines telling the historic story of drinking water.

The Museum has an outdoor Play'N'Learn Zone (Heritage Water Park) which contained 9 life size hands-on exhibits for the enjoyment of all visitors, but designed for children. It is also home to a permanent exhibition of Hereford's secret role in WW2. Light and sound display illustrating modern water treatment sytems. Exhibition of early water closets and history of the syphonic cistern.

There is more to this Museum than you can imagine.

Contact & Location

Address:Broomy Hill
Herefordshire HR4 0LJ
Contacts: 01432 357 236
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Open days:Static Tue 1100-1600. Steam Days 9 Apr-29 Oct 2nd & last Sun & BHol. Also Easter Sun/Mon and 9-10 Sep. 1200-1600 (in-steam from 1300). (Closed Christmas/New Year.)
By Rail: Hereford / 2 miles

Upcoming Events

08 Apr 2018 In Steam with Hereford Preservation Society

Hereford & District Preservation Society on site with many superb stationary engines working in the…

27 May-28 May 2018 Founders’ Day

08 Jul 2018 Annual Gala Day

The Mayor of Hereford will open a new exhibit and visitors will be entertained by a parade of historic…

09 Sep 2018 Heritage Open Day

Step Free-of-charge into a Victorian water pumping station in steam and see many oil, petrol, gas and…

14 Oct 2018 National Stirling Engine Rally

Bicentenary of the first Stirling Engine patent. National gathering of hot-air engines with displays,…

This entry was last updated on 23rd February 2017

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