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Crofton Beam Engines
Crofton
SN8 3DW
Phone
01672 870300

The Crofton Beam Engines are set in a beautiful canal-side location where you can enjoy a picnic.

Built over 200 years ago to raise water from natural springs up to the highest point of the Kennet & Avon Canal, the Pumping Station is Grade One listed and contains two beam engines, both restored to working order. The Boulton and Watt engine, built in 1812, is the oldest beam engine in the world still in its original setting and carrying out its original job. The Harvey & Co. of Hayle, Cornwall engine, built in 1846 and modified in 1905, is one of the few remaining operating engines of its type.

Crofton is open on Saturdays and Sundays until 25 September 2022 for self-guided tours of the engine house, with steaming at least once a month.  See their website for prices and opening times. When steaming days for 2022 are announced, they can be found on the What’s On page. Please also check on their website and social media for updates.

Refreshments are not currently available on site, however you are encouraged to take a picnic.

Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds but, with the exception of assistance dogs, are not allowed in the Engine House.

There are lots of walks that take you to Crofton Beam Engines so it’s easy to include a visit on one of these. You can find out more about the Kennet & Avon Canal here. 

The only access to the site on open days is by the main gate opposite the car park.  There is no access from the lower canal entrance at lock 60.  The car park and visitor toilets are only open when the site is open.

Find out more about the Crofton Beam Engines Boiler Appeal launched in 2021.

Discover Crofton Beam Engines’ story with the video tour with Phil Harding

Opening Times
Crofton Beam Engines are open Saturdays and Sundays until 25 September 2022. For opening times, prices and steaming days please see their website. The Engineman’s Rest Café is closed.
Entry fee
Opening times and prices can be found on the Crofton Beam Engines’ website.
Facilities & Features
Loos, Ground-floor access, Grounds
The visitor loos on site and visitor car park are only open when the site is open. Group visits are welcome – please contact Crofton Beam Engines in advance.
Directions
The lanes around Crofton are extremely pretty but narrow and often have walkers, cyclists, farm traffic and horse riders on them, so please take care.
Public access to the site on open days is by the main entrance only (opposite the car park). There is no access from the lower canal entrance at lock 60.
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