Days out that’ll go down in history
Dip into the past at one of these sites and you’ll learn about the heritage and history that makes us who we are today. We own these fascinating sites and partner with other organisations to make them a truly memorable day out.
Crossness Engines Trust
Our decommissioned Crossness Pumping Station is home to some of the most mind-blowing Victorian cast ironwork in the world.
Marvel at the multi-coloured metals and sheer grandness of a bygone era as you wander through revolutionary designs. Young minds can fire up their imaginations in the Engine House on a free, hands-on activity.
Kempton Steam Museum
All aboard! The Sir William Prescott is the world’s largest fully operational triple expansion steam engine. Back in the day, it ran 24/7 but it’s now taking a well-earned rest in the Kempton Steam Museum at our decommissioned Kempton Pumping station. You can explore this awe-inspiring engine and more or jump aboard for a ride on one of our Steaming Weekends. We also have events with classic cars, model boats, steam rollers and arts and crafts.
Hampton to Kempton Water Works Railway
It’s just a hop next door from the Kempton Steam Museum – so you can continue your day with a ride on our narrow-gauge railway around the Hanworth loop. This track played an important role by supplying clean drinking water to London in the early 1900s and it’s a fascinating and fun ride for train lovers of all ages.
London Museum of Water and Steam
Immerse yourself in the story of London’s water supply, at Kew, on a fascinating journey through tunnels and walk-through sewers! Learn about why we need to pump water – and have a go yourself. There are some exciting new interactive exhibits, artefacts from the capital’s watery past and splashy fun in our Waterwheel Courtyard. Turning on the tap will never be the same again!
New River Path
It’s not new, and it’s not a river! The New River is an aqueduct opened in 1613 to bring drinking water from Hertfordshire to London.
These days, you can take a walk along the 28-mile footpath that runs by it – stroll along short sections or stride out and complete the stretch. It winds past historical sights and rural villages into city skylines.
More ways to uncover our heritage
Thames Water Archive
How about getting access to some hidden gems? The Thames Water Archive houses a rare collection of photographs and documents charting the history of London’s water and sewerage legacy over the past 150 years. Here's part of the collection which features sites you can visit.
Go behind closed doors
Every September we celebrate our heritage and open a number of our sites to the public for exclusive guided tours. These events are in partnership with London Open House and Heritage Open Days Festival.
Learn about the heritage of other sites
- Abbey Mills Historic Pumping Station.pdf | 415.2 KB
- Fobney Pumping Station.pdf | 345.6 KB
- Greenwich Historic Pumping Station.pdf | 322.4 KB
- King George V Reservoir.pdf | 153.8 KB
- Littleton Pumping Station.pdf | 493.7 KB
- The Oak Room and New River Head.pdf | 256.4 KB
- Streatham Historic Pumping Station.pdf | 626.4 KB
- Walton Pumping Station.pdf | 137.8 KB
- Western Historic Pumping Station.pdf | 225 KB