Abbey Pumping Station

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

February - October:
Open daily: 11.00am - 4.30pm
Open November - January for special events and private hire.

Closed November - January apart from special events and private hire.

Admission charges

Free admission except on special event days.

Additional info

For room or venue hire please contact the Museum Desk on 01162 995111

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • The museum not only has a collection of working stationary steam engines but also vibrant displays using real artefacts from the past together with interactive hands-on exhibits. Permanent exhibitions include the science and history of public health in Leicester, light and optical science and a nostalgic look at the history of the city's tram system.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Christmas Steam Day

  • 3 December 2017 1-5pm

Start the festive season with a visit to the museum. Enjoy listening to Christmas music whilst taking in the festive atmosphere. take a ride on our train and enjoy a warming mince pie in our cafe

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult 3.50; Children/concessions £2.50; Family £8.00
small charge for train rides

Abbey Pumping Station
Corporation Road
Abbey Lane


Leicester Museums & Galleries website




0116 299 5111

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.