Very interesting museum explaining how we get our water both in the past and present.
This is a fascinating museum giving very detailed information about how we get our water both now and in the past. There are lots of interactive posts and much vintage machinery being lovingly restored by enthusiasts. Its difficult to find on foot from Hereford center because it involves quite a long riverside walk which lacks any directional signs. Hereford Council should review this if they wish more people/visitors to see this wonderful site and erect directions from the city center.
Fun for engineers and toddlers, plenty to see and do
This is an excellent museum of steam engines, water power present and past and has just opened a new exhibition. In steam 2 Sundays a month, plus bank holidays, open every Tuesday April-October. Water Park for young children includes a pirate ship, lots of different ways of getting water and using it for drinking, putting out fires or making music. Huge steam engines and spanners, volunteer engineers, excellent archives. This leads to wide-eyed children, badges for completing tours and spotting frogs, buttons to press, machinery to operate and a cafe too, often with home made cake. You could take a picnic if you preferred.
A Taste of Watery History
The Waterworks Museum is a lovely little jewel of a museum tucked away in a little back street in very pretty surroundings. It's very well signposted but it's only open on Tuesdays and Bank Holidays so you can easily miss it. The site is well set up and has inter-active displays which will appeal to children and great big working engines, which will appeal to the Dads. There is a little café for teas and light snacks but not really a place for lunch, although there is a picnic area, so you could bring your own lunch. It does have handicapped ramps, etc., but is a bit "up and down" so not all parts are accessible. Plenty of volunteers and enthusiasts to help with any questions you might have.
See a period waterworks in action!
Hereford Waterworks Museum at Broomy Hill has a fascinating collection of period engines and machinery, including a beam engine, a working triple-expansion steam pumping engine and a waterwheel. There is a water-themed adventure playground for children, a café and shop, and regular displays of classic cars, stationary engines, tractors and period farm machinery. Very friendly volunteers will chat to you about their engines and how they work. Great day out for the family.