Now that half term has started, London seems to be fully dedicated to children’s activities. Whether it concerns theater, sports or museums, there is plenty to do every day. Many have organized additional activities during this period, next to the regular program. For example the London Museum of Water & Steam in Brentford, where the SpOOkfest takes place from 20 to 28 October. We paid a visit in appropriate costume and immersed ourselves in the world of London’s water supplies.
The Museum is housed in one of the most important historical sites of the water supply industry in Great Britain. Something that immediately becomes clear when you enter the museum grounds along the Kew Bridge Road. A beautiful industrial building with a towering chimney rising high towarda the sky. With the sound of steam engines in the back. A particularly nice contrast with the surrounding area where mainly new buildings and terraced houses can be found.
The admission at the door is £12.50 for an adult and £ 5.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 15, but when you visit the museum in costume during SpOOkfest, children will get free admission. Despite Lara gets free access anyway because she is 3 years old, she does wanted to participate in the costume party and so she decided to defy the creepy creatures trail as a sweet little devil. A trail where you have to find ten different animals spread in the museum. It gives just that extra push to discover all the venues of the museum. Especially hand-full for the younger children.
Although the museum is still fascinating for all ages, even without a treasure hunt. The impressive collection shows the evolution of steam engine technology through the ages in exhibitions of the motor houses, the rotary engines and even the Cornish engines. In addition, there are also examples of diesel, electric and water driven pump engines.
The Splash Zone on the outdoor area is a perfect place where children can play together. With various water elements children can experiment with creating their own water supply. And because children can get very wet here, it’s an ideal part to finish your museum tour with.
Something I decided to do too, after Lara’s shirt got a bit to wet. Time to return to the entrance of the museum where my daughter proudly could present all the found animals to a museum employee. A treat in the form of a chocolate followed.
When leaving the museum, you would almost forget the Museum Garden. This hidden piece of natural environment around the museum, includes a herb garden, picnic spot and (only during SpOOkfest) the house of the witch. Whether she is there herself, you can find out during this autumn holiday.
The London Museum of Water & Steam is a beautiful museum full of interactive elements and fascinating objects that shows the story of London’s past and now in a beautiful way. A perfect day out for the whole family.
If you would like to have more information about the exhibitions and activities and want to plan your visit in advance, please take a look at their website.
Indoor & Outdoor
Suitable for ages
Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12), Adults
Parking available nearby – restaurant – souvenir shop – (disabled) toilets available – wheelchair friendly – baby changing – buggy friendly – buggy park – picnics allowed – venue hiring
Address & Contact
Green Dragon Ln, Brentford, TW8 0EN, England
For more information about the museum and exhibitions that take place, click here
T: 020 8568 4757
Monday & Tuesday Closed (except school holidays)
Wednesday till Sunday 10am – 4pm
25, 26, 27 Dec Closed
When you buy your tickets online you get 10% off:
Adult from £
Kids (5-15) £
Concession 60+ and students £
Family 1 (1 adult + 2 children) £
Family 2 (2 adults + 2 children) £
45 minutes before attraction closes