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Leicester has a rather glorious, proud industrial history and there’s no better place to see an example of this than the elegant Abbey Pumping Station. Now part of the city’s Museum of Science and Technology, the station opened back in 1891 with the purpose of pumping the city’s sewage to treatment works out at Beaumont Leys. The grand Victorian building is worth a visit in itself but inside you will find the curators have taken a marvellously cheeky look at 19th century sewage works. You’ll learn how far germs jump when you flush the loo and a host of other rather tongue-in-cheek facts – my children adored this irreverent approach. On a serious note, enthusiasts into the early days of steam will get a kick out of the beautifully preserved beam engines, three of which have been restored back into working condition. Combine your visit with one to the National Space Centre next door to being your science knowledge bang up to date.
Information on Abbey Pumping Station Museum , Corporation Road , Leicester
|Opening Times:||Feb to Oct, Daily 11:00-16:30. Nov to Jan, Special events only.|
|Admission:||Free (except for certain special events).|
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