London Museum of Water and Steam
Average time spent – 2.5 hours.
Things to do at London Museum of Water and Steam review
Based in a Victorian water pumping station in South West London, The Museum of Water and Steam tells the story of London’s water supply. The free family trails guide you through the buildings, with ten stamper stations to find and fun facts about the waterworks.
Get hands-on in the Waterworks gallery, trying different types of water pumps and clambering into child-size pipes. A favourite with kids are the three dolls houses, showing how people have used and disposed of water over the centuries – look out for the figure emptying their potty out the window!
In the Steam Hall, you can dress up like a water-carrying maid or steam train driver, or play Duplo trains. Outside is a miniature steam train – rides are included with your ticket, although it only runs on certain days. Bring a change of clothes for the large water tables in the Splash Zone, where kids use pumps, levers, pipes, gears and wheels to move water.
The historic ‘monster’ engines are impressive relics of our industrial past – children over 1.2 metres can take the giddying stairs to the top. For younger children, there is a discovery toy box in one of the engine rooms.
The Museum runs special events in school holidays, such as science shows and storytelling, which are included with your entrance ticket. Keep an eye out for their special steaming days, when all the working engines are put into steam. Your ticket is valid for a year, and under 18s are free.
Eating – There is the Birdies Cafe which offers home-cooked British classics and children’s meals. High chairs available.
Facilities in brief – Victorian water pumping station with a family trail, hands-on exhibits, miniature steam train, splash zone for kids, engine rooms and school holiday events. There are toilets on-site and a choice of places to eat.
Entry price – *Higher priced BUT once you’ve purchased your ticket you can return all year for free and Kids go FREE.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher priced – An adult ticket costs £17.00 but if you can return it is great value for money.
Opening: London museum of water and steam is open almost all year round, except for Mondays and Tuesdays (it does open on bank holiday Mondays and Monday and Tuesdays during school holidays). For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Green Dragon Ln, Brentford TW8 0EN, London, England. Phone: 020 8568 4757
Author: With thanks to Vyki www.museummum.com
Category – Museum – Mostly Indoors – suitable for all ages.
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