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Crofton Beam Engines

Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough SN8 3DW, England
+44 1672 870300
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Great Experence

We had a fantastic tour of the engine house, and the knowledgeable guide answered all our... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
andyh1961
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Great visit, interesting place

We went on a steam day and it is a great little place in a beautiful setting. Volunteers all very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
1970Kay
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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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 with great cafe, shop and grounds to explore. Open six days per week April-October and "in steam" on eight weekends per year - please see our website for dates and more information.
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Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough SN8 3DW, England
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+44 1672 870300
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"beam engine"
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"pumping station"
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"kennet avon canal"
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"steaming days"
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"industrial heritage"
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"well worth a visit"
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"cakes"
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"highest point"
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"interesting place to visit"
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"run by volunteers"
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"guided tour"
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"all ages"
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"victorian engineering"
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"bank holiday"
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"sausage rolls"
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"great cafe"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a fantastic tour of the engine house, and the knowledgeable guide answered all our questions, this is an amazing piece of canal engineering and well worth a visit, have a walk down to the canal afterwards to look at the locks in use...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a steam day and it is a great little place in a beautiful setting. Volunteers all very knowledgeable and helpful and you get a ticket to return any amount of times in the next year included in your admission price.More

Thank 1970Kay
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for getting in touch and it's great to hear you enjoyed you visit at our steaming. Indeed, everyone who is able to Gift Aid their admission ticket receives an annual ticket to return as many times as they like within the next 12...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic place the pumping station has managed to stay non commercial and quaint. It is fascinating to see this amazing engine in action and see how it works all the volunteers who work here are so happy and enthusiastic to explain and...More

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

Many thanks indeed for your lovely review and comments. It's really great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hopefully we'll see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Crofton Beam Engines provide a very interesting half day out, the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. My grandsons just love watching the engines. There is also a very good tea shop, with home made cake.

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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 review and comments, they are very much appreciated and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hand-stoked live steam water pumping station was built 200 years ago for the purpose of maintaining the canal water level at its highest point. To see it in action is to marvel at its size, beauty and the accomplishment of Victorian engineering. A team...More

Thank andrewY7704GZ
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. Indeed, our steam engines are marvels of the engineering of their time and there is much of interest to see here for everybody. Hope to see you again one day!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I visited the Croften Beam engines for something to do when we. We’re in the area recently. There was a small entrance fee and we were taken around by a young lady who was fairly new but very knowledgeable and she made...More

Thank Denise R
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your kind review and so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. I will pass on your positive comments to my colleague who I know will appreciate them. Our next steaming is this weekend, 23 & 24 June, and then we have...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is fascinating to see the Beam engines working on Steaming Days and all the volunteers are well informed and helpful

Thank snicketty
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review and kind words about our volunteers which the team will be pleased to read. Hope to see you again here at Crofton!

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Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

We call in here (several times) when walking the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Steep flight of stairs from the towpath, and then she has a drink of water, and I eat cake and drink coffee! Absolutely fascinating place, we have been here...More

Thank PMQuestions
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your kind review and recommendation that people visit - we really appreciate your support and it's great to hear that you visit us regularly. Look forward to seeing you next time!

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Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

We love the steaming days at Crofton! We normally visit for the Gala day later in the year but there is still plenty going on at other times. The volunteers make this place, they are so knowledgable and friendly and great with kids. The cafe...More

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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Many thanks for your review and it's great to hear you are a regular visitor! Look forward to seeing you again soon, and maybe for the Steam Gala again at the end of September!

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Reviewed June 5, 2018

It's very easy to forget that all staff are volunteers, everyone was so helpful and knowledgeable. A really interesting historic place that made you wonder how they managed to build it all without todays utilities, phones, electricity, cars, lorries, trains etc.etc. We haven't 'alf got...More

Thank Jan W
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

What a lovely review, and it's so nice to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much. Indeed most of the Crofton team are volunteers and everyone takes a great pride in it and the heritage we are taking care of. Look forward to seeing...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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Response from Crofton_Manager | Property representative |
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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