National Gas Museum
Visit this unique and interesting museum and learn how gas lit the nation’s streets, homes and factories. Discover how the gas industry started from coal and how it has grown into one of the world’s most important energy industry. You will also learn about the enormous effort needed to convert the nation’s gas appliances from town gas to natural gas found under the North Sea, and then piped nationwide as High Speed Gas.
Walk through the museum and be amazed with the huge number of vintage cookers, heaters and gas fires you will see, then walk around the 1920s ‘all gas kitchen’ with gas curling tongs and a gas hairdryer. There is even a gas radio and other wonderful inventions. Try and remember visiting someone who had the very same gas appliances when you were younger.
The historic gatehouse building in which this wonderful museum is housed, was the former Leicester Corporation Gas Works which dates to back to 1878 when town gas was first made at this site in Leicester.
This museum is full of interesting facts and has a mind-blowing collection of over 4,000 objects donated by individuals and several former regions of British Gas. It makes a great day out for the whole family here.
Opening Times: From 10:30am to 3:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the year, with last admission at 3pm.
Costs: Entrance free, but donations are welcome.