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Crofton Beam Engines

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On this site you will find the oldest Beam engines in the world still their original buildings and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ian C
The power of steam

I was part of a large group of folk from local Mens Sheds. I have always been interested in the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Simon D
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Grade 1 listed heritage visitor attraction showcasing magnificent 200 year old working steam engines still performing their original job! Amazing history and industrial archaeology in an unspoiled, rural setting overlooking the Kennet & Avon Canal...more
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Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough SN8 3DW, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went last weekend (50th Aniv). At first we thought Yes great value. Went to go into the main building to see the beam engines only to be told that its EXTRA!! :( I was not going to pay the extra, sorry..More

Thank Steve T
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review. The pricing structure for our once per year Gala weekend is different from the pricing we have on our non-steaming days and regular summer steaming events. On Gala weekend we have a large array of special activities and attractions within...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On this site you will find the oldest Beam engines in the world still their original buildings and still able to the job for which they were built. This is living history in a wonderful location with ample parking and an excellent cafe. The volunteers...More

Thank Ian C
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your kind review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again one day!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had to pay £4 to visit the site, but then another £6 to see the engines. I find this odd, as the whole point of a visit here is to see the engines. £10 to see the engines is a bit overpriced. Having said that,...More

Thank Andy S
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review. The pricing structure for our once per year Gala weekend is different from the pricing we have on our non-steaming days and regular summer steaming events. On Gala weekend we have a large array of special activities and attractions within...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was part of a large group of folk from local Mens Sheds. I have always been interested in the power of steam. The visit was of particular interest as one of the amazing Beam Engines was steamed up and running. For its size and...More

Thank Simon D
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your kind review and really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Please come back again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last visited in the mid 1950s as a child when it was just a working part of a mainly disused canal. The place has been kept as a working (and useful) exhibit of pioneering Georgian engineering. The guide (?Cath) was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the...More

Thank Kurnalpi
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for coming back to Crofton after all this time and glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Cat will be pleased to hear you enjoyed her tour too. Please come back again - we'll look forward to seeing you!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The retired engineer "Terry" gave our cycling group a thorough tour of the immense steam engines, built in the 1700s, that kept the nearby canals topped up. Electric pumps do the job now, but the steam engines operate on certain days (contact them to learn...More

Thank dfpmvt
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks indeed for your kind review and very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope you had a great tour with Road Scholar!

Reviewed September 10, 2018

We visited the Crofton Beam Engines during the Heritage Open Days and enjoyed a fascinating tour of the engines and their boiler - the engineering is awesome close up (and you really do get close up!). The enthusiasm of the Crofton team really shone through....More

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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind words and recommendation; it's excellent to hear you enjoyed your tour, the cafe and the new toilets! Do come and visit again one day - you will be very welcome.

Reviewed September 9, 2018

Two beautifully preserved and working beam engines still capable of doing the job they were built to do over 200 years ago ! Very informative tour by eager volunteers explain the workings and history of these wonderful engines. There is a cafe which serves really...More

Thank David G
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks indeed for your review and for visiting us here in Crofton! Come back again soon!

Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

One of our favourite cycle/walking stops. Stopped here, today (after a longer than expected cycle) and had a delicious BLT sandwich with side salad. Also had a much needed pot of peppermint tea which was served with an extra pot of hot water, great, not...More

Thank hils r
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks indeed for your kind review and pleased to hear you enjoyed your stop here on your cycle ride. Come and see us again soon!

Reviewed September 1, 2018

Revisited after an interval of several years. Beautifully cared for working beam engines in original building. Excellent guided tour, by a guide who conveyed well the difficulties faced, the decisions taken, the human cost. Took questions, and explained the machinery in terms even I could...More

Thank Richard D
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review and it's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Please do come back and see us again another time, we have 3 steaming days remaining this year and 18 steaming days planned for next year with...More

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Alan B
October 12, 2017|
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Response from Crofton_Manager | Property representative |
Dogs are welcome in the grounds but only access dogs are allowed inside.
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Leena2310
July 31, 2016|
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Many thanks for your question. Our steaming days feature the Beam Engines in full operation with members of our team stationed at several points to explain the machinery and history. There is a charge to see the engines, but... More
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