Papplewick Pumping Station | Day Out With The Kids

Papplewick Pumping Station

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Attraction Information

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Venue type: Indoor

Papplewick Pumping Station is one of the best preserved water Pumping Stations in the British Isles and is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

It may not sound exciting, but imagine a pair of gargantuan see-saws, which are decorated with beautiful images of birds, flowers, fish and scroll work!

The Victorians were under budget when they built the station, so they used the surplus for decoration, even though they were never expected to be seen by the public!

If you would like to see the station in action, check online for ‘steaming day' events that are held monthly, and which also offer guided tours of the underground reservoir, definitely worth a look. On these days, the steam boilers are lit and the pumps are working. Kids will marvel at the noise, heat, and smell of coal and oil that surrounds them as they discover the working engines over 3 different levels.

There is a great collection of small steam engines to enjoy, plus a steam mini railway, which you can ride for a reasonable price. The grounds are lovely, with trees and flowers to see, plus a lake full of hungry fish to feed! Nom nom nom.

Please note the limited opening times during the year and plan ahead.

Dogs welcome but must remain on a lead and cannot enter the Engine House, cafe or reservoir. You must clean up after your dog!

Partial access for disabled visitors. Accessible toilets on site. See website through the link for the full Access Statement.

Please note we are not in Papplewick village!


  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Papplewick Pumping Station's website
0115 9632938

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Model Submarines: March 27 and 28 May Day: May 1 and 2 WW1 Weekend: May 29 and 30 Steampunk: July 9 and 10 (Steampunk on July 10th only) Family Fun: August 28 and 29 Pipe Organ Festival: September 24 and 25 1940s Weekend: October 22 and 23 Christmas:


Adult £8 Senior £6 Child £6 Family (2+3) £20 Children under 5 admitted free!

More Information


Two accessible toilets both with baby changing facilities are provided. Standard toilet block also.

Gift shop

Items relating to the Pumping Station plus children's pocket money items are for sale here.

Eating information

Papplewick Pumping Station has a cafe serving teas, coffees and sandwiches/snacks.