London Museum of Water & Steam

London Museum of Water & Steam

If you enjoy visiting museums then make sure you don’t miss the London Museum of Water and Steam. It’s in the leafy suburbs of Hounslow – a short ride from central London!

It’s a lovely way spend a few hours learning about the history of steam engines and London. You will have the opportunity to learn about how we get our water, how sewage is treated, how things have changed over time and why it’s important. You’ll even get to see the various pumps used for decades in London!

They have a decent sized collection of operational static steam engines on display. However, we do recommend visiting on one of their “steaming days” if you can. Seeing the engines in motion was probably the highlight of our trip! It really brought the whole experience to life and allowed us to truly immerse ourselves in it. There are also a number of interactive exhibits which are sure to impress and keep the little ones engaged!

We recommend stopping by the onsite coffee shop, not just for the delicious treats but it all goes to supporting a worthy cause! The Pump and Grind Coffee Shop is run by a local charity – Our Barn. They work with young people with learning difficulties and all proceeds from the shop go towards funding work placements for them. In Summer, you can take advantage of the Museum’s garden and enjoy the goods from the shop or even bring along your own picnic to enjoy!

Opening hours:

The museum is open Thursdays – Sundays, between the hours of 10am and 4pm. The on-site cafe shuts a bit earlier at 3.30pm.


Adult tickets are £11.50 and Child tickets are £4. Under 5’s can go for free and there are also student discounts available. Make sure you take some sort of proof to get the discounted rate. If you’re visiting as a family then they also do ticket bundles.

How to get there:

The full address is Green Dragon Lane in Brentford, West London, TW8 0EN.

By car:

Plug the address above into your sat nav and it should lead you directly to the

The car park is relatively small but there are a number of other options nearby which can be found on the Hounslow Borough Council’s website.

By train:

Kew Bridge is the closest station and then it’s a short 8 minute walk to the museum via S Circular Rd/Kew Rd/A205 and Kew Bridge Rd/A315.

By tube:

There are a few options if you choose to travel by tube but all of them will involve a short bus ride. Either take the District line to Gunnersbury or Kew Gardens, or the Piccadilly line to South Ealing.

By bus:

The museum is served by a number of bus routes: 65, 237, 261 and 391 to name a few.

If this sounds like you cup of tea, perhaps you’ll also like The Musical Museum.

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