The Waterworks MuseumHereford
Broomy Hill
Herefordshire HR4 0LJ
 
 
 
An unusual and special day out can be enjoyed at The Waterworks Museum near the historic market town of Hereford in England.
 
Set in delightful surroundings near the River Wye, this unique industrial museum tells the story of how drinking water was supplied to the town of Hereford. Exhibits are housed in several buildings but the main structure is the original Victorian pumping station built in 1856. The interior has been maintained as it would have been in its heyday.
 
Since its opening the Museum has enriched its collection not only with relevant engines and machinery to tell a coherent story, but a whole building has been moved which the Museum rescued from demolition. This was the historic water pumping station at Leominster which saved that town from an epidemic of typhoid fever in 1865.
 
Engines and Pumps
Industrial heritage is brought to life through massive working pumping engines. The Museum has the widest range of pumping engines working on one site in Britain. From the beam engines of the Industrial Revolution to the most modern electric submersible pumps you can see steam, hot-air, gas, diesel and petrol engines working from every era.
 
The Museum hosts the oldest triple-expansion steam engine working in Britain. It stands two floors high and is quite awesome in operation. Add to the list wind and water powered pumps, overshot water wheel and turbines, and you begin to appreciate the incredible range of the collection. Most of the displays are under cover.
 
The Museum is entirely run by volunteers. It is open on Tuesdays and is in-steam with engines working on 18 days during the summer season (see Museum website, link below).
 
Family Day Out
There are lots of activities to keep children interested ranging from colouring in, brass rubbing and dressing up for the little ones to hands-on activities for older children. They can operate all sorts of pumps, interactives and replica water lifters from 2000 years ago. There is an Engineering Trail with working model engines - trail completion always earns a badge!
 
They can run off extra energy in the grounds, making water splash, seeing massive engines working, as well as having all their questions answered. There are special children’s days every half-term and in the summer holidays: look for them on the Museum website, link below.
 
Events
Every year there are exciting events (see website) including Gala Day in July with its historic vehicle cavalcade and the national Stirling Engine Rally in the autumn.
 
Open
Every Tuesday all year round, except two weeks at Christmas and New Year.
11:00 – 16:00 hours 
 
Exhibits powered by electric motors are usually working but the steam and internal combustion engines are not normally working unless being tested during maintenance.
 
Admission Price
Adult: £3.00. Concessions available. For up to date prices go to  Web:  Warterworks Museum/ Admission
Free admission for Waterworks Museum Members & Museums Association Members (cards must be shown).
 
Disabled Access
All parts of the site can be accessed by wheelchair users and all signs use lettering which is legible to those with impaired vision. Only Guide Dogs are permitted in the Museum buildings.
 
Facilities
• Parking
• Visitor Centre
• Toilets including disabled
• Refreshments
• Museum Shop
• Picnic tables in courtyard beside the water garden
 
Open Days in Steam
The Waterworks Museum runs Open Days in Steam on the second and last Sundays in the month from April until the end of October.
Open: 13:00 – 16:00 hours
Admission Prices: Adult £6.00. Concessions available. For up to date prices go to  Web:  Warterworks Museum/ Admission 
 
During the summer season several of the Open Days in Steam involve extra activities and attractions.  Additional 'In Steam' Days operate on Easter Sunday/Monday, Spring Holiday Sunday/Monday and August Holiday Sunday/Monday.
 
Up-to-date details of open days and special events can be obtained from Museum Enquiries and Tourist Information Centres in Herefordshire.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1432 357 236
Mail   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   
Getting There
- By Car
The Waterworks Museum is on the outskirts of Hereford at Broomy Hill. Follow the brown heritage signs from the A49. 
 
- On Foot
The Museum is about 1km from the cathedral in the city centre and can be reached by the pleasant Riverside Walk along the River Wye, signposted from the city centre. 
 
- By Rail
Hereford Station is approximately 1.5km from the Museum. 
 
- By Bus
Hereford Bus Station is approximately 1.5km from the Museum.
 
Google Maps - Broomy Hill Waterworks Museum