Photo: Jim Linwood

Housed in a magnificent 19th century pumping station used to pump West London’s water supply for more than a century, the Kew Bridge Steam Museum contains all things to do with steam.

The museum centres around five Cornish Bean Engines; one of them, the Grand Junction 90, is the world’s largest working beam engine. The museum also has a number of giant steam engines, boats, trucks, and traction engines on display.

A permanent interactive exhibition, called ‘Water For Life’, tells the story of water, from the time of the Roman occupation of London, through the cholera epidemics of the nineteenth century, the growth of public sanitation and domestic amenities such as wash houses and private lavatories to the modern high technology of the London Main Ring.


Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0EN
Tel: +44 (0)20 8568 4757
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 – 16:00