Galton Valley Pumping Station

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. 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.

Opening Times

The Pumping Station is open on one Saturday per month during the summer season (April-October) from 10am-3pm manned by our volunteers. You can find more information about open days on our What’s On page

Getting here

The Pumping Station is situation on the Old Mainline Canal. Access is via steep steps from the bridge on Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick onto the canal towpath.

For more information on getting to our sites using public transport please visit Network West Midlands.

There is no parking on site, however there is a public car park next to the Albion Foundation, a 5-minute walk away.

Your visit

Entry to the canal towpath is down a steep set of steps. Entrance is FREE unless a ticket price for certain activities is stated.

Stilettos and very high heels are not appropriate inside the centre – we advise flat or low-heeled shoes due to the uneven surfaces, steep stairs and nature of the historic flooring.

We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside the centre but they can be left at the front door.

Please note there are no toilets on site.


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Contact us

You can call us on 0121 556 0683 (Wednesbury Museum) for general queries. You can also email us for general museum service queries on  but please note that opening times information is above along with links to our events and activities listings.