Papplewick Pumping Station

Papplewick Pumping Station
Rigg Lane
off Longdale Lane
NG15 9AJ




0115 9632 938

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Pumping Station
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Papplewick Pumping Station is regarded as the finest surviving fresh water pumping station in England. Now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, it is unique in retaining all of its original features including its six hand fired Lancashire boilers and two James Watt beam engines. Also on site is the only surviving steam powered Robey winding engine, a miniature passenger railway, a café, play park and Byzantine style underground reservoir.
The station is famous for its elaborate architecture and ornate decoration which captures the imagination of both young and old, making the station very popular with families.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Open Sundays (11am-2pm) and in steam on Bank Holidays and other selected weekends throughout the year.

In steam, 2012: April 8/9, May 6/7, June 3/4, July 14/15, August 26/27, Sept 22/23, Oct 20/21, Dec 29/30. (all start from 11am)

Admission charges

£6 Adults
£4 Seniors/Students
£3 Children
£16 Family ticket (2+2)
* steam day prices.


  • English Heritage
Getting there

Please note, we are not in the village of Papplewick but nearer to Ravenshead.

Collection details

Industry, Science and Technology, Social History

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Papplewick Pumping Station

Trent to Trenches: A War to End All Wars' steam event

  • 24 — 25 August 2014 11am-5pm

On August 24th & 25th Papplewick Pumping Station in association with Echoes of a Gilded Age will present a series of displays and live performances taking the visitor back to the days of the First World War.

The story unfolds throughout both days of the event from the outbreak of war to the horrors of the Somme in 1916 through drama, music, poetry, and original accounts. Learn about the changes at home too as women took over traditionally male roles in factories and on the land.

A period encampment and hospital display plus costumes, artefacts and replicas will be set up at the Pumping Station with the beam engines in steam and reservoir
tours also available. The event will involve comedy and family fun too, with interactive features for the children but never forgetting that this was the war to end all wars.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£6 adults, £4 seniors, £3 children, £16 family (2+2). Under 5's go free.


Getting there

Please note, we are not in the village of Papplewick but nearer to Ravenshead.