Leicester’s museum of science and technology showcases local innovations – including the history of the city’s sewerage systems.

In the Victorian era, Leicester’s rapid expansion presented a real problem for public health; how to supply clean water and process the sewerage of a growing city. The Abbey Pumping Station not only tells the story behind this challenge, it also houses the solution: four enormous engines, built in 1891 to pump waste to a new treatment works.

Alongside Victorian toilets and water pumps powered by paraffin engines are galleries celebrating machines made in Leicester, and displays charting the early days of motorised transport. Abbey Pumping House is even home to a rare collection of vintage vehicles, including a 'hansom cab' and chip van.

There’s a technology-themed children’s play area, museum shop and sensory garden – visitors shouldn’t miss the outdoor exhibits on the museum’s extensive grounds.

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Abbey Pumping Station

Free to all

Leicester City Museums Service, Museum Of Technology, Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PX

01162 254900


Opening times

Every Day 11am to 4:30pm

Check the venue's website for Christmas & New Year Opening

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is COVID Secure and is following current government guidance with procedures in place to protect your safety.

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