Great For Family and Enthusiasts

Plenty to see and do for the whole family and making a splash is part of the fun.

Fun, Active, Stimulating

Children engage with materials, participate in the sessions, and collaborate with each other.

Stimulating Challenges

You will help us tell a story of a unique aspects of Britain’s industrial heritage.

Awesome Working Exhibits

The Waterworks Museum houses some of the oldest working steam pumping engine in the UK.

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A time capsule of working engines and social history

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The working museum which makes the story of drinking water spring to life.

A Hidden Gem ... Always Something New.

The museum traces the history of drinking water from the cave-dwellers up to the present day through wonderful working engines, superb display panels, guidebooks and films and the knowledge shared by the Museum’s volunteers. Classified by English Heritage as "a site of clear national importance", the Museum is home to the oldest working triple-expansion steam engine in the UK and probably has the widest range of working pumps and engines.

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Love Kids in Museums


We firmly believe that a good museum has to offer something and be welcoming for all the family, not just the grown-ups, so we are delighted to be a signatory to the Kids in Museums Manifesto.

Children's Activity Days 2016Our new outdoor exhibition space, the Noel Meeke Heritage Water Park, was designed specially to attract visits by family groups.

Don't miss our children's activity days for 2016.


Opening Times

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    The Waterworks Museum - Hereford, Hereford, United Kingdom
    The Waterworks Museum - Hereford, Hereford, United Kingdom

    Not In Steam Days:

    Every Tuesday: 11am - 4pm

    Tuesday 25th October - Half-term Fun Day. Special trails and activities all over the Museum for all ages. Children free admission. Drinks available. 11am to 3pm.

    In Steam Days:

    Sunday 9th October - National Stirling Engine rally and meet to celebrate the bicentenary of the first hot-air engine patent in 1816. A very special day with new displays and probably the largest gathering of hot-air engines in the UK. 11am to 4pm.11th September

    Sunday 30th September

    1pm - 4pm

    For other dates and full details see 2016 Calendar and Admission Charges

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A typical visitor will spend between one to two hours at the Waterworks Museum – Hereford, and perhaps longer on the days when the Museum is operating in steam. See the Museum’s 2016 Calendar for more information.

For this reason, visitors often combine a visit to the Museum with a visit to one of Hereford’s other major attractions, most notably the impressive Norman Cathedral and its chained library and Mappa Mundi Museum, the Cider Museum or the Broomy Hill Model Railway which sits adjacent to the Waterworks Museum.

Hereford Cathedral