Galton Valley Pumping Station - Open Days


Visit Galton Valley Pumping Station in the care of Sandwell Museums for one of our free open days on the 2nd Saturday of the month from April until October. 

Situated on the Birmingham Main Line Canal, Galton Valley Pumping Station first opened in 1892 with the purpose of pumping water from the lower Birmingham New Main Line to the high Old Main Line Canal. This was to replace the water lost from the higher level when boats went through the Smethwick locks. However the station only had a short working life, closing in the mid 1920s due to reduced traffic on the canals. Apart from a short period during the Second World War the building sat empty until it was restored and opened as part of the Galton Valley Canal Heritage Centre in the late 1980s.

Today this small museum gives an insight into some of the most important and historic civil engineering feats in the area, including the world famous Galton Bridge as well as a look at life and work on the canals. The building is largely staffed by volunteers -  the Friends of Galton Valley Pumping Station on behalf of Sandwell Museum Service.

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Galton Valley Pumping Station - Open Days


Galton Valley Pumping Station, On Mainline Canal towpath, Off Brasshouse Lane, Bridge, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 1AQ

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Opening Times

Open on the second Saturday of each month 11am-3pm. Free, just drop in (13 Apr 2024 - 12 Oct 2024)

* Open days on: 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July, August 10th, 14th September (Heritage Open Day - with guided walks to old engine house, October 12th. Free, Just drop in.

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