Papplewick Pumping Station

Rigg Lane, Ravenshead, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG15 9AJ

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Papplewick Pumping Station is the finest working Victorian water pumping station in Britain. The site has recently undergone extensive restoration and once again stands proud as a spectacular example of Victorian craftsmanship. It boasts a range of original features including an ornate Engine House, ornamental cooling pond and a Boiler House complete with six Lancashire Boilers, all set amidst formal landscaped grounds.

The Engine House is home to the original twin beam engines, built by James Watt and Co in 1884, and is of special interest for its outstanding combination of Victorian engineering and artistic design. Visitors are taken aback by the sheer splendour of the stained glass windows, elaborately decorated columns and polished mahogany and brass work.

Now a museum and popular wedding venue, the Pumping Station holds regular steaming events throughout the year where visitors can see the boilers and pumping engines in steam and take guided tours into the underground reservoir. For further details about steam events or weddings please see the museum website.

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Guide Prices

Steaming days:
Please see the museum’s website for current admission prices. All full priced admission includes a 12 month annual pass entitling free entry to any of our subsequent steam events.

Non-Steaming open days:
Adult £4.00
Senior/Student £4
Children under 16 are FREE
There is no charge to walk around the grounds

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  • Dogs Accepted - on lead
  • Groups Accepted - Groups welcome
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Picnic Site - On-site Team Room

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking

Opening Times

Model Submarines & Spring Fair (31 Mar 2024 - 1 Apr 2024)
Sunday - Monday10:30 - 16:00*
Classic & Vintage Vehicles (5 May 2024 - 6 May 2024)
Sunday - Monday10:30 - 16:00*
Artisan Fair (26 May 2024 - 27 May 2024)
Steampunk (13 July 2024 - 14 July 2024)
Classic Motorcycles (25 Aug 2024 - 26 Aug 2024)
Vintage Steam (14 Sep 2024 - 15 Sep 2024)
The 1940s (19 Oct 2024 - 20 Oct 2024)
Christmas Market (30 Nov 2024 - 1 Dec 2024)

* Steam Events:
The Pumping Station holds eight steam events per year running 10:30am-4pm; please see our website for current admission prices.

Static open days (not in steam):
Wednesdays and Sundays, April to October, 11am-3pm.
NOTE: A tour of the pumping station costs £4 person, U16s go free and last admission is 2pm.

From time to time the pumping station holds additional special events for the public. Please note that the engines are NOT in steam on these occasions.
• Pedal & Power Day (vintage scooters & bicycles) - 11th June - 11am-3pm
• Mining Heritage Day - 25th June - 11am-3pm
• Gaussfest (high voltage tesla coil demonstrations) - 4th Nov - 11am-6pm

The pumping station is not currently open during the winter (Nov 1st-March 31st) except for pre-booked group visits and site hires.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


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Sunday, 31 March 2024 - Monday, 1 April 2024

April Steaming with Spring Fair & Model SubmarinesAs well as being in steam on April 1st & 2nd, Papplewick Pumping Station will also be hosting a Spring & Gardening Fair and a gathering of remote controlled model submarines.
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