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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What we offer

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 2018Our 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.

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Herefordshire Aaward of Excellance Award 2018

Museum Volunteers Win Prestigious Award

Amazing photos of the interior of Sandfields Pumping Station by our chair @Morturn42 really show off the fantastic work our team of volunteers do in looking after this Grade II* Listed building in Lichfield


A big thank-you to Greg and Ian @thinktankmuseum for running the #smethwickengine after hours today, so we could record the oldest engine in the world for #wattsorbit @watt2019

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Nearby Attractions

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 2019 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

Information on other attractions and events in Herefordshire can be found in the following website,
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