Crofton Beam Engines

Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW
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Crofton Beam Engines, Marlborough
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Crofton Pumping Station was built in 1807-9 to supply water to the highest point of the Kennet & Avon canal which links London and Bristol. It is a rare survivor of the technology which enabled British engineers to drain mines and supply towns and cities with water throughout the world, and has recently undergone Heritage Lottery Fund supported conservation and visitor facility improvement work. Rebuilt and modernised several times during its long working life, one of the two original engines survives and ran until 1958 despite the canal becoming derelict after WWII, as water was still needed for farm and railway locomotive supply. The survival and subsequent restoration of the canal is one of the triumphs of the Volunteer Preservation movement, spearheaded by the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust. The Trust bought the redundant pumping station for preservation in 1968, at a time when England's Industrial Heritage was fast disappearing, and by 1971 both engines had been restored to full working order. Since then they have been regularly demonstrated to the public at certain weekends during the summer months by enthusiastic volunteers and can also be visited in static mode six days per week in the summer season.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (Static) - Adult£4.50 per ticket
Adult (Steam Day)* - Adult£8.00 per ticket
Child (Static) accompanied - ChildFree
Child (Steam Day) accompanied - ChildFree
Concession (Static) - Concession£4.00 per ticket
Senior (Steam Day)* - Concession£7.00 per ticket

* Adult and senior tickets on steam days allow unlimited entry for 12 months.

Map & Directions

Road 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.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - Engineman’s Rest Café serving delicious homemade hot and cold food.
  • Picnic area - Tables provided in outside area. Tables provided in outside area.

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Well-behaved dogs welcome within grounds, recognised Assistance Dogs welcome throughout.
  • Gift shop
  • Toilets
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • In countryside - Views over the Kennet & Avon Canal Views over the Kennet & Avon Canal
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook. Prior arrangement essential, minimum of 7 days notice.
  • 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
  • Visa Debit accepted

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / 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)

Opening Times

2019 (8 Apr 2019 - 1 Oct 2019)

* 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.


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • JasonBW
    Marlborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Visit or this gem will be lost to history
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 12th February 2019
    It was such a nice day out and a treat of a snapshot on our industrial heritage. Learned an awful lot, but couldn’t help thinking that such history will be lost to future generations if we don’t take... Read full review
  • IanM4363
    Ludgershall, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Unique, brilliant place to visit for a piece of living history
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 9th January 2019
    Visited twice last year on 'steam' weekends when the pumps were in action. This is living history brought to life by informed volunteers. A must for everyone. Read full review
  • commstraveller
    Marlborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great Heritage Project
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 12th December 2018
    This is a wonderful project keepingthe steam engines working. Lots of dedicated enthusiasts looking after the place. Wondeful to see the machinery working and not just sitting there like so many... Read full review

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