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Papplewick Pumping Station, Ravenshead

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  • Visited this industrial museum on one of their rare 'steam' days, i.e. the Whitsun Bank Holiday. It was just fabulous seeing both the James Watt 'beam' pumping engines in action. The amazing power tha...  more »
  • We took our 14 month old there over the second May bank holiday weekend. It was a steam weekend, so there was lots to see and do. The information that accompanies the working pumping station was prett...  more »
  • We visited for the first time on Bank holiday Monday as it was a steam day. What a magnificent place, the actual steam pumping station is beautiful, with lovely stained glass windows and tiled columns...  more »
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  • Amazing place, very historic and excellent place to visit. We were there for a wedding and absolutely loved the ambience for everything on the day. Would love to see it operational which apparently happens a few times a year. Worth a visit and beautiful grounds to explore including a lake with ducks :)
  • Steam engines in quaint surroundings and with a cool underground reservoir to visit too. Papplewick pumping station has large rebuilt steam engines and some period buildings with a small pond. The icing on the vmcake is a cmcisit to the underground reservoir which will cost a little more. However it is an insight into engineering and architecture in a great British countryside location. Be warned that unless kids like giant engines and gawking at old buildings they will likely not be entertained. Overall a good outing if you live close by And me are interested in steam engines and water reservoirs!
  • Really interesting location and fantastic to see the pump in action. I went to the 1940s event which was fantastic.
  • Whats not to like about this place amazing views and great service.
  • Visited on WW1 Weekend 2016 - great shows and lovely grounds, the pump was in steam and staff told us lots about it. The cafĂ© is cheap but serves some lovely cake and tea. The actual pump house is also quite ornately decorated inside and out as the Victorians were very proud of it. There was lots to see and we spent a whole day (about 6 hours not including driving time) after a relaxing walk around the pond, where model boats were being sailed, including a quite hilarious duck with an alligator following! Overall, I would recommend to come and see this on one of the steaming weekends - it's not something to miss as one of the three remaining working steam pumping stations in the UK.