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Richmond upon Thames
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN
020 8568 4757
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, 11a.m.-4p.m.
Steam power comes alive at London's Kew Bridge Steam Museum. Built in the 19th century to supply Londoners with water, the museum is recognised as the most important historic site of the water industry in Britain. The railway operates on Sundays from March until November, Bank holidays and special event days.
Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (5-15yrs) £3.50
The admission entitles the bearer to return as many times as desired and on any day throughout the year.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
A new review because the new Water Museum bit is now open. It's a bit more expensive than stated above, but the revamp is lovely, and the cafe and railway are now open all the time. Advice to pick a good weekend when they're raising steam still stands.
And as at the time of writing, the pond in the Upper Garden is absolutely crammed with tadpoles.
Brilliant for the geekily-inclined, but don't just go on a random day because the steam engines don't run all the time - check the website to find which weekends they're doing one of their special events, at which there's normally loads of stuff to do and things to see, not too crowded and very friendly.
They're getting ready for a big rebuild in 2014 so the catering is patchy (but you can get a picnic from Sainsburys over the road and eat it in their lovely garden) and the miniature steam railway is closed, but it's still a fun day out, and if you live locally the unlimited returns deal is great value.