Abbey Pumping Station

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 is your favourite display?

*I understand that there is a small charge on special event days.

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4th August 2017


This looks really interesting. And yes, my children would be equally as fascinated with watching how poo gets flushed down the toilet! Lovely way to introduce the kids to engineering solutions and it’s fab that they have interactive displays – always a winner in my book! #Blogstravaganza

Definitely. When they’d got over the humour they were fascinated to see different every day type exhibits in action!

My husband would love this, it looks a great place for us to visit as a family! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

It was a lot of fun! With better weather we could have easily spent longer there looking at all the outdoor exhibits too 🙂 x

This sounds fab – I think the interactive displays are a must to hold kids’ attention
Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

It was a lot of fun, for adults too 😉

I’m so pleased I found this post! We live not far too from Leicester and didn’t know about the Pumping Station! It looks like a great place to visit. Thank you for sharing! #AnythingGoes

I’ll be honest, it took us a couple of trips to the Space Centre before we realised we could visit. Well worth it if you’re relatively local 🙂

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