Nestled next to the National Space Centre, the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester is a delightful attraction for all the family. Originally opened in 1891, it is now Leicester’s Museum of Science and Technology and, what’s more, is completely free of charge*!
The Museum has displays and items of interest inside and out. We visited on a blustery spring day and I confess we didn’t spend very much time outside. Our boys were delighted however to find numerous interactive displays inside which demonstrate different aspects of civil engineering and technology through the ages. One particularly popular attraction was a model toilet which showed how it connects to the sewerage system (flushing the plastic poo through the pipes may have assisted in their attention being held for so long!).
There were plenty of other interesting facts and displays too. From cinematic projectors and cameras, to historic transportation, to large sewerage pipes, to the magnificent beam engines.
You can purchase (for a small charge) a craft kit for children which our older boys enjoyed, whilst our younger son happily used the crayons available at the craft station to draw a picture.
We spent a good few hours there, and could have happily extended our visit with a picnic outside.
The Museum hosts special event days* when you can see the restored beam engines in steam. Going back for one of those days has made our list of things to do with our boys!
Have you been to the Abbey Pumping Station? Which was your favourite display?
*I understand that there is a small charge on special event days.
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