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Amazing place

Just visited this amazing place on a weekend when they have the machinery working. Absolutely... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
Ken M
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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I found this place by accident in all honesty as I did not know it was even here! It is a fantastic... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Victoria N
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Waterworks Road, Sunderland, England
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Just visited this amazing place on a weekend when they have the machinery working. Absolutely fantastic the volunteers are do helpful,friendly and extremely knowledgeable. It is a superb building and the machinery is awesome, a great achievement to able to see this 160 years old...More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I found this place by accident in all honesty as I did not know it was even here! It is a fantastic example of Victorian engineering still in fine working order. I visited on a Bank Holiday and it was very busy, however there was...More

Thank Victoria N
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We visited the Ryhope pumping station and museum on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend. The great beam engines were under steam and in motion, There were knowledgeable volunteers around to tell us the story and answer questions. Altogether a remarkable and unmissable...More

Thank JeremyH_UK
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Friends had talked about here many times, so we decided to visit ourselves. We don't usually venture out on Bank Holidays, but this museum is only open certain weekends as it is run by volunteers. The whole place is interesting. The pumping engine is beautifully...More

Thank wildredpoppies
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Its easy to drive past buildings like this one, We found it by chance as its only open for steaming for a couple of days a month so check their website to go on one of the days. The steam powered beam engines are just...More

Thank martincX3964BN
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We came to this lovely building had a tour of this amazing engineering marvel, the knowable staff love there time here and it shows when they show you round this amazing building making every minute very interesting, to get the best out of the tour...More

Thank Barclay H
Reviewed 15 April 2018

This is a great place even when the engines aren't in steam. (For steaming dates and static dates see the website). Friendly and helpful volunteers were on site. The main attractions are the two huge beam engines, the beams weigh 22 tons and the 24...More

Thank EgbertNochips
Reviewed 19 November 2017

As you walk in, you are taken back decades to this great engineering masterpiece. Simple words can't describe this buildings contents, how it's cramed into every corner of its four storeys. There is plenty of stairs both metal and concrete, so you need to be...More

1  Thank philmak
Reviewed 19 November 2017

Avisit to this Museum is so interesting because it was involved with the supply of water to the local area, seeing the engine working is just fantastic and atmospheric. The engine works on Bank holiday weekends, the staff are very interesting with knowledge of how...More

1  Thank stokesrob
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Friends told us about the open weekend and car rally at Ryhope on 29/10/17 so decided to visit. The pumping station is an amazing building and an engine you could eat your dinner off. Huge credit to the volunteers who keep this building and engine...More

1  Thank boydy73
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Moira C
14 November 2017|
Response from Terry S | Reviewed this property |
bank holiday s
29 August 2017|
Response from robkitchuk |
Yes, but not in the cafe.