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Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Green Dragon Lane

Steam power comes alive at London's Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

Built in the 19th century to supply London with water, the museum is recognised as the most important historic site of the water supply industry in Britain, featuring 5 large Cornish pumping engines and 4 other steam engines, including the largest working steam engine in the world.

The Waterworks Railway

Many Victorian waterworks had their own railway. At Kew Bridge this is demonstrated by a short line featuring a "Wren" class locomotive, which is typical of a waterworks engine.

The museum's railway is inspired by the Hampton to Kempton Park coal railway built and operated by the Metropolitan Water Board between 1916 and 1946.

Coal was delivered by barge to the MWB wharf on the river Thames at Hampton and moved by three steam locomotives to the boilerhouses of the Hampton and Kempton Park waterworks.

Special Events

Throughout the year there are Special Events weekends ranging from the ever popular Live Steam Model Railway Show to the exciting Festival of Models.Please telephone for details.

Group & Educational Visits

We offer a full educational programme for schools, to find out more contact our Learning Officer. Early booking for this service is strgonly advised.

Visitor Facilities:

  • Bookshop & free car park

  • Cafe open at weekends only

  • Partial wheelchair access

  • Large print guide available

  • Guide dogs welcome

  • Wheelchair accessible toilet.

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  • Directions

    We are located about 100 yards from the North side of Kew Bridge, next to the tall Victorian tower.
    Buses: 65, 237, 267, 391.
    Main line rail: Kew Bridge (from Waterloo via Clapham Junction and North London Line to Gunnersbury.
    Tube: Gunnersbury (District Line, then 237 or 267 bus). Kew Gardens (District Line then 391 bus).

    Kew Bridge Steam Museum Postcode for SatNav: TW8 0EN


    +44 (0)20 8568 4757

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