2018 is the Year of Engineering – join us to see how Engineering used to be!


2018 Open Days

The Pumping Station is open to the public on the following days :

  • 1 & 2 April 2018
  • 12 & 13 May 2018
  • 23 & 24 June 2018
  • 15 & 16 Sept 2018
  • 6 & 7 Oct 2018

Open at 11am, last admission 4pm

Admission Prices

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.00
Under 16s: Free, when accompanied by an adult
Cash only, at present

About Us

What is Tees Cottage Pumping Station?

From 1849 Tees Cottage Pumping Station revolutionised water supply in Darlington and Teesside by offering cleaner, piped water to inhabitants who had previously relied on wells and rainwater tubs. The engines at Tees Cottage pumped water from the River Tees, which was then filtered and supplied to the water company’s customers.


Tees Cottage Pumping Station Attractions


Tees Cottage has Lancashire Boilers from 1902, a 1904 steam powered Beam Engine and a 1914 Gas engine, all in operation and still pumping water from the River Tees (although no longer supplying the town’s water!) We also have a Blacksmith’s Shop, where demonstrations are usually given, and a Miniature Railway, with rides provided by Cleveland Association of Model Engineers for a small additional charge. Refreshments are available in our Tea Room or you can bring a picnic to enjoy in our grounds.