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. Toilets and a picnic area on site. The Engineman's Rest Café is closed. On non-steaming days entrance to the site is free, with an admission charge for the Georgian Grade 1 Listed engine house to view the static engines. On steaming days there is an entrance charge to the site, which includes admission to the engine house. Please see https://www.croftonbeamengines.org/ for scheduled steaming days.
Public access to the site is by the main gate only. No access from the lower canal entrance at lock 60.
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. 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 (Non-Steaming Days)||£5.50 per ticket|
|Under-16s (Non-Steaming Days)||Free|
Prices are a guide only please refer to the Crofton Beam Engines website for more information. COVID management system in operation on site with hand sanitising and social distancing.
|2021 (22 May 2021 - 26 Sept 2021)|
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Picnic Site - Tables provided in outside area.
- Dogs Accepted - well behaved dogs on leads welcome within grounds, recognised Assistance Dogs welcome throughout by arrangement with the Duty Manager on site.
- Toilets - Accessible toilet for disabled and baby changing.
- In countryside - Views over the Kennet & Avon Canal
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge)
- Delta accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Visa accepted
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - please contact the venue.
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals - please contact the venue.
- Groups Accepted - please contact the venue.
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. The entrance by lock 60 under the tunnel is currently closed. Continue to Lock 58 (Sam Farmer Lock) Cross the road bridge and follow the lane back to the main site entrance.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good72
- LightAleCavalierLancashireBack in steam again!Friday, 23rd July 2021We visited on the day of the first firing since 2019 and it was in full flow when we got there. We were guided by excellent and very informative volunteers. All was in order and in an excellent state... Read full review
- Pat ANorwich, United KingdomImpressedThursday, 5th August 2021Amazing piece of industrial heritage and well worth going to see. I wasn't there when they are steaming but that would be an added bonus. Congratulations to the volunteers. Read full review
- John OPortsmouth, United KingdomPumped UpSunday, 22nd August 2021Extremely interesting. A little out of the way but worth the narrow lane(s) to get there. Very good volunteer staff. Gardens free, pump house modest entrance fee. Layout and interpretation boards... Read full review