About the Museum

The Abbey Pumping Station is Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology. The museum collects and displays the industrial, technological and scientific heritage of Leicester. The engine house has been preserved and during selected special events the engines can be seen in steam. Situated adjacent to the National Space Centre, the two attractions tell the story of over 200 years of science and technology from the early days of steam and industry, to space exploration of today. The main building on the site houses the 4 massive Gimson beam engines, which have all now been restored to full working order. At various special events throughout the year one or more of the engines are steamed fo the public to observe. Originally built in Leicester in 1891 for the purpose of pumping sewage to a new treatment works at Beaumont Leys off Anstey Lane. The engines worked untill 1964 when electric pumps started to take over their duties and it finally closed soon after as a pumping station on completion of the new sewage works at Wanlip.





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The Abbey Pumping Station Museum Office

  • Address: Corporation Road, Abbey Lane, Leicester
  • Postcode: LE4 5PX
  • Phone: 0116 299 5111
  • URL: www.abbeypumpingstation.org

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  • Open February - November, Saturdays - Wednesdays: 11.00am - 4.30pm; Sundays: 1.00pm - 4.30pm. Open on certain Thursdays and Fridays for children's activities during school holidays. Open December - January for special events and private hire. Closed Thurs

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