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.

Please click here for details of Admission and Other Charges. We regret we cannot accept debit or credit cards.

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 for 2018.


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

    In Steam Days:

    Museum opens at 12.00 and is in-steam between 1pm – 4pm

    April 1st Sunday and 2nd Monday: Historic Water Supply – Ross on Wye: new exhibit to be opened: The Old Workshop.

    April 8th Sunday: Hereford & District Preservation Society: splendid engines displayed on courtyard.

    April 10th Tuesday: Easter Holiday (Family Fun & Games) 11am-3pm.

    April 28th Saturday and April 29th Sunday: Steampunk Weekend at the Waterworks Steampunk market & entertainment

    For other dates and full details see 2018 Calendar and Admission Charges

Herefordshire Award Of Excellance 2018

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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 2018 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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