This is a lovely offbeat museum located in Brentford, West London, close to the Richmond river banks of the Thames. It’s a “hidden gem”, so don’t expect queues or crowds. It is privately run and thus, not free of charge.
It is home to a collection of water pumping steam engines that small or large boys will love.
The museum is a celebration of London’s industrial history, with an excellent display of huge sewers, pumping stations and an operating steam railway.
The building in which this museum housed, used to be the old Kew Bridge Pumping Station, which dates back to 1838. It was the first to drive clean water into people’s homes, 24 hours a day – at an affordable price. The final use of steam engines at the site was in 1958.
In 1999, the United Kingdom government Department for Culture, Media and Sport described Kew Bridge as “the most important historic site of the water supply industry in Britain”.
There’s also a lot of information tables to read while you’re exploring the museum. This place is great, of course, for families.
The location enables you to see also the Musical Museum, that is very close and later take a stroll by the banks of the river and enjoy the small pubs and restaurants. Kew Bridge rail station is near, but you can also go by bus from South Ealing station.
There are also a small shop and the Stokers Café, that is open daily and is accessible without having to enter the museum.
You should check on the website to see whenever the ancient engines are fired up.
There is also a steam train that operates on a short track but it is available only during the summer.
Address: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford TW8 0E1< tel: +44 20 8568 4757
Nearest Tube station: Kew Bridge (District)
Price: adult 11,25£, child (5-15 ys) 5,50 £ (annual pass is respectively 16,50 £ and 9,50 £)
Opening hours: Open every day 10am to 4pm – closed 24-25-26 December
Click here to visit the Water and Steam Museum website
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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