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Crofton Beam Engines


Explore Crofton’s rich industrial and social history at this unique heritage site and turn back the clock to a time when steam was the most desirable form of energy.

Built between 1807-1809, Crofton Beam Engines is one of the only remaining stations of its kind in the UK, originally supplying water to the highest point of the Kennet & Avon Canal which links London and Bristol.

The highlight on display here is the 1812 Boulton & Watt steam powered engine, the oldest working beam engine in the world. Crofton Beam Engines even offer unique steam experiences, where you can light and stoke the boiler, work with the Duty Engineer, enter areas not normally seen by the public, prepare the engines for steaming, and finally take control of the oldest, working beam engine in the world.

There is also a rolling programme of events, a charming country café and expansive grounds to explore.

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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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