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Hampton Kempton Waterworks Railway

The Hampton Kempton Waterworks Railway is run by volunteers and is a fantastic day trip for the whole family!

It all started in 2003 when a group of steam railway enthusiasts joined forces to restore an early 20th century steam railway! The railway played a key role in the water supply infrastructure in London. It officially opened to the public in 2013 and has been operating as a charitable organisation ever since.

During your trip you can also pop into the Kempton Steam Museum to learn all about the railway and how it was used to provide clean drinking water across London. It showcases the world’s largest triple expansion steam engine! If you’re lucky you might even see it in action! We recommend checking their website for when this is next due to take place.

In Summer, why not take along a picnic and make use of the countryside picnic tables on-site? There is also a lovely playground with a static train to keep the little ones entertained. Or stretch your legs by talking a walk through the woodland area. If you would prefer not to bring a packed lunch then head over to the ticket office for hot drinks and snacks.

Opening hours:

They are open from March through to the end of October, from 10.30am to 4pm. The trains are scheduled three times per hour with the last one at 3.40pm. We recommend booking in advance through their website.

Special events:

From March until October, you can hire out the train for two hours every Sunday, from 3-5pm! It’s a great way to organise a birthday party or celebrate a special event. Just bear in mind that the capacity is for 30 people.

How to get there:

The full address is Snakey Lane, Feltham TW13 6XH.

By car:

As the railway is on an industrial site within Hounslow it can be tricky to navigate. The following post codes should get you to the right place! The postcode to reach the office is TW13 6XH and for the railway it is TW13 7ND.

By rail:

The closest train station is Kempton Park. Turn right when you leave the station towards Park Road. You’ll know you’re going in the right direction if you can spot the twin chimneys.

By tube:

Take Piccadilly line to Hatton Cross and then the h25 bus to the site.

By bus:

Take either the 290 or H25 bus, alighting at the Feltham Junction roundabout or Sunbury Way. Then follow the brown signs to the railway.

If you like the sound of Hampton Kempton Waterworks Railway, we think you might also like Boston Manor Park.

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