This is Britain's finest Victorian Water Works and the only one in the Midlands to be preserved as a complete working water pumping station. Papplewick Pumping Station was built between 1882 - 1884 to supplement the water supply for the growing city of Nottingham.
In the main building there are two massive beam pumping engines, thought to be the last built by the famous firm of James Watt & Co. of Soho Works, Birmingham and London.
See these engines working under steam on our Steaming Days - see Dates & Times
News Update April 2017 - Underground reservoir tours
The reservoir bus is currently undergoing an engine change and will not be available to drive visitors up to the underground reservoir for the Easter steam weekend (April 16th & 17th). We will however be walking groups up to the reservoir for those that still wish to go on a tour. Tours will start from 11.30am and then every 45 minutes until 4pm. Please be aware that the walk is approximately ¾ of a mile up a track and unfortunately will not be suitable for everyone due to the incline and nature of the surface. We hope to have the bus repaired as soon as possible for our future steam events this year. Thank you for your patience.
Next Steaming Weekend is
Spring Bank - Sunday 28th & Monday 29th May
World War 1 Weekend
First World War steam weekend with Echoes of a Gilded Age.
Military encampment, displays and talks throughout the weekend.
Plus, underground reservoir tours (walking only), miniature railway,
children's activities and the James Watt beam engines in steam.
The Pumping Station will be in steam and tours to the underground reservoir will also be available.
Station Open 11am-5pm both days.
Web site updates - 05/2017 Events