Set in the tranquil Nottinghamshire countryside Papplewick Pumping Station was built between 1882 and 1885 to meet Nottingham’s rapidly growing demand for clean fresh water.

Its two steam driven James Watt beam engines were in constant use until 1969 when the site was converted to electric submersible pumps but the site continues to pump 3 million gallons of water for the city.

The Station is regarded as the finest surviving fresh water pumping station in England and is unique in retaining all of its original features including its six hand fired Lancashire boilers, two James Watt beam engines and underground reservoir.

The Trustees, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham and other stakeholders, are now working on the Water Education Trust project which aims to increase the public’s awareness of water related issues and encourage a better, more sustainable use of water.


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Steam Events The Pumping Station is in steam 8 times a year on the dates listed below with all engines running including the James Watt beam engines, the Linby colliery winding engine and miniature railway. Please note that the steam plant is very old and therefore we cannot guarantee everything will be running and, although rare, break downs can occur! Underground Reservoir Tours We also offer tours of the underground reservoir during steam events which run every half hour from 11.30am – 3.30pm. An additional charge of £2 per adult and £1 per child aged between 5-16 applies and spaces on the tour bus are limited to 20 people per tour. Please note that the number of tours per day may be reduced or increased depending on visitor demand. Tickets for the tours are purchased from the Superintendent’s House on the day of visiting. When not in steam the Pumping Station is open to the public every Sunday for a limited number of hours, please see times below. Please note that the Pumping Station is NOT open during the week except for pre-booked group visits of 15 or more people. 2017 Scheduled Steaming Date Christmas Dec 10 / […]