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Crofton Beam Engines

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Very interesting to those interested in mechanics, steam power, canals, the industrial revolution

The retired engineer "Terry" gave our cycling group a thorough tour of the immense steam engines... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
dfpmvt
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Thetford, Vermont
A fascinating visit

We visited the Crofton Beam Engines during the Heritage Open Days and enjoyed a fascinating tour of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KidlingtonYellow
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Kidlington, 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...more
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Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough SN8 3DW, England
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Reviewed 2 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank KidlingtonYellow
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on Saturday and there were a few stalls and then the exhibit of the beam engines which were very informative. There is a cafe for food and drinks but I never purchased any as I had brought my own lunch. Lovely views of the...More

Thank Christine S
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review and pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit last Saturday for our Flower and Crafting Steaming. Please do come back and see us again one day, you will be very welcome!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great day out for the steam and history enthusiasts. Upgrading work is now completed and the place is remarkable. Historic engine still working as intended. proper old school engineering and all accessible to the public. Very knowledgeable guides to talk you through the history and...More

Thank SueA1211
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your lovely review and glad to hear you had a great day out. As you say out Heritage Lottery Fund supported conservation work to the building has now been completed and we were pleased that we were able to remain open...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Open throughout the summer, this is at its best on the once a month when the Beam Engines are operating in steam. It was our first visit on the August holiday weekend and in addition to the engines operating, there were also artisan stalls. If...More

Thank Russell S
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your very comprehensive and positive review of your visit and it's great to hear you had such a good time here! Indeed, we would agree some interactive video elements would improve the visitor experience still further and putting this in...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

More to see than just s single beam engine, with plenty of staff available to answer questions. It is set in a lovely location, and we walked along the canal from nearby Bedwyn, having caught the train there. Tickets last for 12 monthsMore

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

Many thanks for your review and pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Indeed, Bedwyn railway station is about a mile away and a very nice walk along the canal towpath. Gift-aided steaming day passes do indeed provide 12 months free return visits, and so...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed an excellent evening- the introductory talk by Simon was very informative, and we were given plenty of scope to take photographs afterwards.

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

Thank you so much for your review and it's really great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Look forward to seeing the photographs in due course!

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Alan B
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Dogs are welcome in the grounds but only access dogs are allowed inside.
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Leena2310
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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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