Ryhope Engines Museum

Ryhope Engines Museum
Tyne and Wear

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




0191 521 0235

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The Ryhope Engines Museum is based on the Ryhope Pumping Station which was built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area. The station ceased operation in 1967 - after 100 years of continuous use.

The Museum is now regarded as one of the finest industrial monuments in the North East of England, and is in a Grade II (starred) listed building. Although the station no longer pumps water, the two 100 horsepower beam engines are kept in working order by volunteer members of the Ryhope Engines Trust, and 'steamed' periodically for the benefit of our visitors.

In addition to the beam engines, built by R & W Hawthorn, are three 'Lancashire' boilers of 1908, two of which are in regular use, a blacksmith's forge, a waterwheel, numerous steam engines and pumps, waterworks accessories such as depth recorders, and many items concerned with the distribution and uses of water in home and industry - including pieces of wooden water pipe!

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Opening hours

Various steam days throughout the year. Please see website for details.

Admission charges

Dependent on exhibitions and events. Please see website for details.

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Heritage Open Days 2014: Ryhope Engines Museum

  • 13 — 14 September 2014

Enormous 1868 working Victorian Beam Engines which provided Wearside with wholesome water for 100 years and having welcomed visitors to the museum for over 40 years under the care of the volunteers at the museum. The 1908 hand fired Lancashire boilers continue to provide steam power for the engines and are maintained by the working blacksmith who will demonstrate his hot metal skills to the delight of all of our visitors. Enjoy a snack and cuppa in our award winning tea rooms and enjoy free access and parking thanks to the support of Northumbrian Water.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.