The London Museum of Water and Steam.

London Museum of Water and Steam

Discover the enormous steam engines that once pumped water to homes and businesses across London from the waterworks at Kew Bridge.
  • Family-friendly
    Open seasonally
    Cultural & historical sites
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    What you'll do

    Visit the London Museum of Water and Steam with Go City®

    • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
    • See the world’s biggest collection of working Cornish cycle beam engines.
    • There are plenty of fun interactive exhibits to keep kids (and adults!) entertained.

    Get ready to explore the amazing old Victorian waterworks that house the London Museum of Water and Steam.

    The magnificent steam pump engines are the undisputed stars of the collection. Find out how these mechanical monsters operate and learn the difference between Cornish and rotative engines. The Cornish engines are in their original positions and can sometimes be seen in action – including the Grand Junction 90 inch, which pumped water to London for nearly a century and is the largest working beam engine on the planet. Check the official website for details of when the machines will be running.

    Admire the Grade I and II listed buildings that house the museum, including a soaring 200ft brick standpipe tower built in 1837 and the original boiler house from 1837. It’s no surprise that this atmospheric setting has drawn the attention of TV producers, with scenes from shows including Doctor Who and EastEnders filmed here.

    The interactive exhibits inside are full of fun facts and stories about the history of London’s water supply and there are plenty of buttons to press and levers to pull. The Splash Zone play area has lots of wheels, buckets, pumps, and pipes for transporting water and generally getting wet!

    London Museum of Water and Steam highlights

    Cornish engines - don’t miss the world’s biggest collection of Cornish cycle beam engines, including the mammoth Grand Junction 90 inch

    Splash Zone - watery, educational entertainment for kids of all ages

    Historic buildings - admire the original 19th-century buildings that make up the waterworks, including the great engine house and huge standpipe tower

    Experience London Museum of Water and Steam and many other attractions with the All Inclusive Pass.

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    Know before you go

    Getting in: show your pass at the door for entry.

    For more information, visit the London Museum of Water and Steam website.

    Where you'll be

    Map of location of attraction

    Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London, GB

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    Operating hours

    Thursday – Sunday (and bank holidays): 10AM-4PM

    Daily during school holidays

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    Free cancellation

    Plans can change, we get it. All non-activated passes are eligible for a refund within 90 days from your purchase date.

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