Crofton Beam Engines, set in unspoiled Wiltshire countryside close to the old market town of Marlborough, is an ideal spot for exploring the Kennet and Avon Canal, with The Engineman’s Rest Café, picnic area and gift shop on site. Access to grounds and Café are free of charge (except for the annual Steam Gala). There is an admission charge for the Georgian Grade 1 Listed engine house.
Built over 200 years ago to supply water to the highest point of the canal, it is one of the most important surviving remains of the Industrial Revolution in England. Step back into our industrial and social history and see Crofton’s two steam powered beam pumping engines, the Boulton & Watt dating from 1812 and the Harvey of Hayle built in 1846. The Boulton and Watt is the oldest beam engine in the world still in its original building and capable of doing its original job. Both engines are run on several weekends each year, pumping water into the canal with steam being supplied by a coal-fired, Lancashire boiler, just like it was over 100 years ago.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult (Static)||£4.50 per ticket|
|Adult (Steam Day)*||£8.00 per ticket|
|Child (Static) accompanied||Free|
|Child (Steam Day) accompanied||Free|
|Concession (Static)||£4.00 per ticket|
|Senior (Steam Day)*||£7.00 per ticket|
* Adult and senior tickets on steam days allow unlimited entry for 12 months.
|2017 (8 Apr 2017 - 1 Oct 2017)|
* Café and gift shop open every day except Wednesdays
Engine House tours (engines not working) between 11.30am and 4pm every day except Wednesdays
Please see our website for dates of Steaming Days and for information on Open Maintenance Days during our Winter period.
- Gift Shop
- Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook. Prior arrangement essential, minimum of 7 days notice.
- In countryside - Views over the Kennet & Avon Canal
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Guide Dogs Permitted
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge)
- On-Site café/restaurant - Engineman’s Rest Café serving delicious homemade hot and cold food.
- Picnic Site - Tables provided in outside area.
- Delta accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times - Private steamings also arranged with minimum of one month’s notice.
- Special group rates
- Visa accepted
- Dogs Accepted - Well-behaved dogs welcome within grounds, recognised Assistance Dogs welcome throughout.
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Demonstrations Given - By prior arrangement.
- Educational Visits Accepted - By prior arrangement.
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - By prior arrangement. Maximum group size 50.
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals - By prior appointment. (Extra charge may apply)
Travel & Trade
- Wi-fi available
Map & Directions
Crofton Beam Engines are situated about 5 km (3 miles) south of the A4 between Hungerford and Marlborough. Follow the brown “Beam Engines” signs from that stretch of the A4, the A338 at East Grafton or the A346 at Burbage. For Satnav users, the post code is SN8 3DW.
Public Transport Directions
The nearest rail station is Bedwyn on the Paddington to Exeter line. Walk to the canal, which is adjacent to the station, and take the towpath in a westerly direction for about 3 km (2 miles) and you will see the pumping station on your right by lock 60. Cross the canal here and take the tunnel under the railway and the stairs up to the engine house.
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good36
- Kevin3766Windsor and Maidenhead, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyI love this placeSaturday, 25th February 2017Not sure the rest of the family are quite so keen but it's an interesting place and in a beautiful location. Read full review
- SidawatCalne, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyInteresting canal age working beam engine pumpsFriday, 11th November 2016We visited this engine in the summer, it is located close to Crofton, directions to the site are well sign posted. The engines are in steam on certain dates, so to see this its a good idea to check... Read full review
- ssobeyFarnborough, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayexcellent place to visitSunday, 6th November 2016run by volunteers. Not always good at communicating but will answer questions. enjoyable on steaming days. Read full review