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See the 1812 Boulton and Watt Beam Engine at Crofton in steam again.

Crofton Beam Engines is a rare survivor of the Industrial Revolution and houses the oldest working Beam Engine in the world, still in its original location and still capable of carrying out its original task - pumping water to the summit level of the Kennet and Avon Canal.

So step back in time to when steam ruled all and explore this hidden gem in Wiltshire's history. Learn of the station's history, and its restoration. Speak with volunteers in and around the Engine House. Discover the engineering challenges and the people who overcame them to build the canal and make sure that it had a plentiful supply of water.

Don't forget to explore the grounds too with views over the Kennet and Avon Canal and Wilton Water Reservoir, fed by natural springs and the reason why the pumping station was built here. Or perhaps enjoy a picnic on our new picnic benches to the sound of 200 years of living history.

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Crofton Beam Engines

Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW

01672 870300


Opening times

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of September - site opens at 10.15 am, with last entry to site at 3.30 pm. The Engine House is open from 10.30 am, with last entry at 3 pm (charge for entry). Different times apply for steaming events.

The café is closed in 2021. Advance purchase of timed tickets is required for steaming events only. A one-way system is in operation in the Engine House.

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