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The Waterworks Museum

  • Hereford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

The Waterworks Museum is based in a Victorian pumping station that served Hereford for 120 years, and tells the story of drinking water throughout the ages through a number of high-quality displays. Discover the progress of water supplies from the first cave dwellers at Symonds Yat, to the latest filtration and water pumping systems used in Hereford today.

The museum has a brilliant collection of engines, including the old working triple expansion steam pumping engine in the UK, which used to pump up to 1 million gallons of water per day! Kids will be able to see every method of motive power for water, except for animal power. The exhibits that are powered by electric motors can usually be seen working, but the internal combustion and steam engines can only be seen in action during the Open Days in Steam. There are also life-sized exhibits available for kids to have a go on, including a specially designed outdoor Play 'n' Learn Zone.

The open days are run on the second and last Sundays between April and October (1pm to 4pm), and offer a great opportunity to some ancient engines in action. Open days during the summer season provide additional attractions and activities.

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Opening hours

Every Tuesday: 11:00- 4:00 Between April - October: 2nd & last Sundays and Bank Holidays (with all exhibits operating 'in-steam'): midday to 4:00 (in-steam from 13:00).


Adults: from £4.00, Seniors: from £3.00, Kids: from £2.00

Travel & Contact Information


Broomy Hill, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0LJ, England

Phone number

01432 357236



Click here to visit The Waterworks Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Disabled parking available on the Museum forecourt

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Toilets (male/female/disabled) are located in the Visitor Centre next to the entrance.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

There are baby food/ milk warming facilities

Yes, snacks are available.

The cafe provides drinks and light snacks only.

Yes, The Waterworks Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, The Waterworks Museum have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Guide dogs are allowed


Additional Info


The children's Play 'n' Learn Zone (Heritage Water Park) is open April to October only.

Public Transport

The Museum is not on a public transport route

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