Opening Dates, Times & Admissions

Steam Events

The pumping station will be in steam on the dates below. Tickets can be bought online AND from the museum shop on the day of your visit. Tickets will become available usually two weeks before the event is scheduled to take place.

2021 Steaming Dates & Times

Christmas Market - flyer:

11th/12th Dec 10:30am – 4pm

Featuring a wealth of local craft and seasonal stalls selling only the finest goods for Christmas. Musical entertainment includes The Bestwood Male Voice Choir on Saturday (11:30am & 1:30pm) and on Sunday we have the marvellous Lily Taylor-Ward singing carols and well-known Christmas tunes (11:15am, 12.30pm & 1:45pm). The James Watt beam engines will be in steam along with the Linby Colliery winding engine and miniature railway. Plus guided tours of our awe inspiring underground reservoir (additional charge applies). Refreshments will be available from the tea room and try your luck on the Papplewick tombola!

Steam Event admissions
with unlimited 12 month entry:

Admission tickets can be purchased online or at the gate (debit or credit card payment preferred). If possible please buy your tickets online as it helps reduce the admin work for the Front of House volunteers and speeds up your entry! Admission prices at the gate are the same as booking online. All admissions include a 12 month annual pass so you can return as many times as you like within 12 months of purchase. Annual passes are collected from the museum on the day of your visit.



At Gate


£10.00 + booking fee



£8.50 + booking fee



£8.50 + booking fee


Children (U16)



Children aged 16yrs and below receive FREE admission but must have a ticket.

* All full priced Steam Day tickets provide unlimited entry within twelve months of purchase (return is subject to when we are open). If you are a UK tax payer you will also be asked to consider completing a Gift Aid form which will mean the Government giving an extra 25p to the Pumping Station for every £1 of your admission. For terms & conditions of the 12 month ticket click here.

Non-Steaming Open Days

When not in steam the pumping station and tea room is open on Sundays, 11am-4pm (last admission at 3pm), April 1st – October 31st.

Entrance to the grounds on non-steaming Sundays is free. Admission into the pumping station itself, which includes a guided tour, is currently £4.00 per person. U16s go free.

Please be aware that the pumping station is not open to the public at other times except for pre-booked groups (of 15 or more people), site hires and wedding ceremonies.

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Underground Reservoir Tours

Underground reservoir tours take place at steam events only and will be running once again from the August 29/30 steam event onwards. Tours cost an additional £3.00 per person and are bought on the day from the tour hut located at the top of the main drive.

NOTICE: Be aware that you must be moderately fit to go on the tour. The journey to the reservoir is via a converted trailer and there are two flights of stairs into and out of the reservoir.

Discount arrangements

Due to Covid-19 discounts to English Heritage members and Severn Trent Water employees are currently suspended.

Unpaid carers who need to accompany the person they care for when they visit the pumping station are entitled to free entry on presentation of a Carer Passports, Carer Emergency Cards, Carers Discount Cards or an NHS letter confirming you are the person’s official carer. Please note that the person you care for will need to pay admission.

Access Arrangements

The majority of the site is accessible for all but due to the historical nature of the Engine House access is via a small flight of steps leading to the porch and main door; there are also internal stairs for reaching the upper floors. If you are thinking of visiting us please click here to view our Accessibility Guide.

Code of Practise

The Pumping Station abides by Visit Britain’s National Code of Practice for Visitor Attractions. To view the code, click here:

Our address
Papplewick Pumping Station
Rigg Lane
NG15 9AJ

Map to help you get to Papplewick Pumping Station / Layout of the grounds at Papplewick Pumping Station