Main BuildingWelcome to Twyford Waterworks 

Come and discover the story of water extraction, softening and supply over the last 100 years at this Scheduled Ancient Monument located close to Winchester in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. 

Restored by volunteers of the Twyford Waterworks Trust we are open on selected days throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you at one of our Events - please see our Events page for full details.

We also welcome group visits by prior arrangement and can provide guided tours tailored to your interests.


Our next Open Day:

Sunday 2nd August:  Summer Open Day

11am – 4pm

Step back in time when you visit our Edwardian Waterworks!

Twyford first started pumping water over 100 years ago, during the Edwardian era. Our next Open Day will commemorate those days, looking back to the times when everything was worked by steam, and looking forward as well to next year when our boiler and steam pumping engine will be working again.

We all rely on a steady supply of good water but few of us consider how it arrives at our homes or businesses; we take it for granted that water will flow when we open our taps. It was only a hundred years ago that piped water became universally available to the larger towns and villages as pumping stations such as Twyford were built.

 Visitors on Sunday 2nd August will be able to explore the Waterworks at their leisure or join one of the free guided tours that will run throughout the day. On display will be one of the original steam pumping engines, currently undergoing restoration, along with diesel, gas and water powered engines at work. The industrial narrow gauge railway will also be in operation and the majority of volunteers will be dressed in Edwardian clothes!  

Plenty to see and do!

Edwardian Day 2Join in the fun by coming along dressed in Edwardian attire and we’ll give you free admission!

Enjoy  an informative stroll around our Waterworks with everything fully open, restored machinery in operation and meet our volunteers who will be on hand to explain how it all used to work.

Learn  all about the progress we are making to restore our boilers and steam pumping engine! Work on restoring one of our boilers has now commenced, and we plan to be back in steam for 2016.

Join a free guided tour to find out all about the waterworks, and how it’s developed over the last 100 years.

Discover  the lime kilns up above the main works, where you can also watch the industrial narrow gauge railway at work. Follow our nature trail around the site and see what you can spot!

Relax  in our renowned Tea Room, offering a wide range of hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, snacks, cakes & ice creams and an outdoor BBQ with locally sourced burgers and sausages, all at a reasonable price. Please feel free to make use of the picnic tables around the site too.

Plus: our own bric-a brac and book stall – always plenty to buy!



Last Updated: Sunday 26th July 2015