Crofton Beam Engines

Come and visit the oldest working steam engines in the world still performing the job they were built to do! There are two beam engines, one of which is an original 200-year-old Boulton & Watt. Both are fed by a hand-stoked, coal-fired Lancashire boiler.

These are magnificent pieces of industrial archaeology appealing both to families and steam enthusiasts.

Crofton Beam Engine House

Crofton Beam Engine House is situated on the north side of the Kennet and Avon Canal, near to its highest point, in unspoiled Wiltshire countryside close to the old market town of Marlborough.

It was built to pump water to the highest level of the canal some 13m (40’) higher and 1.13Km (0.7miles) to the west. It is home to two magnificent steam driven beam engines one of which can claim to be the oldest in the world still in its original location and doing the job it was installed for in 1812.

Crofton Beam Engines is a Grade 1 listed site. It is also a branch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust who operate the site through an enthusiastic band of volunteers all of whom are keen to provide visitors with a memorable experience.

Click here for opening times and prices.

2019 Event Schedule
Jan 19 10:30 am 3:00 pm
…Winter Works Open Day 10.30am to 3.00pm
Feb 16 10:30 am 3:00 pm
…Winter Works Open Day 10.30am to 3.00pm
Mar 16 10:30 am 3:00 pm
…Winter Works Open Day 10.30am to 3.00pm
Apr 6
…Opening date for 2019
Apr 20 to Apr 22
…Easter Steaming weekend
May 4 to May 6
…May bank holiday steaming
May 25 to May 27
…Spring bank holiday steaming
Jun 29 to Jun 30
…June steaming weekend
Jul 27 to Jul 28
…July steaming weekend
Aug 24 to Aug 26
…August bank holiday steaming
Sep 28 to Sep 29
…Steam Gala
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