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The Waterworks Museum

Hereford, Herefordshire, England

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  • People seeing Victorian pumping station at The Waterworks Museum in Hereford
  • Boy turning water wheel at The Waterworks Museum in Hereford
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Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

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.


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit The Waterworks Museum's website
01432 357236

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

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

More Information

Eating information

The cafe provides drinks and light snacks only.

Weather policy

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

Pets allowed

Guide dogs are allowed



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

Baby food facilities

There are baby food/ milk warming facilities

Parking facilities

Disabled parking available on the Museum forecourt

Public transport

The Museum is not on a public transport route


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