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Crofton Beam Engines

Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough SN8 3DW, England
+44 1672 870300
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Good locally sourced menu all freshly prepared

The Engineman's Rest Cafe at Crofton Beam Engines serves a great selection of food from its small... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Marlborough, United Kingdom
Working History

Really interesting, especiallly on steam days. Such huge machines, beautifully maintained. Lovely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hungerford, England, United Kingdom
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Magnificent 200 year old working steam engines still performing their original job! Amazing industrial archaeology in an unspoiled, rural setting overlooking the Kennet & Avon Canal. The engines are "in steam" on eight weekends per year. Please see our web site for dates and more information.
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Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough SN8 3DW, England
+44 1672 870300
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Engineman's Rest Cafe at Crofton Beam Engines serves a great selection of food from its small kitchen. A varied menu and helpful staff complement a visit to this historic site.

Thank davidthroup
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really interesting, especiallly on steam days. Such huge machines, beautifully maintained. Lovely to walk around the lake and across the fields too

Thank 23Bel
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Really lovely place to visit, and the first time for us even though we're pretty local. We were given a personal guided tour which we really weren't expecting but which was great and really informative. I hadn't realised it still can pump water for the...More

Thank Joanna M
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Crofton beam engines was as far as we reached on our recent narrow boat holiday from foxhangers , unfortunately we arrived on Tuesday too late for the bank holiday steam up, we surprised the staff by being on the doorstep as they arrived , we...More

Thank Velda2013
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately we didn't have time to do the whole tour around but what we did see looked amazing and fascinating! We popped into the cafe as reviews were good but on this occasion I think we got an off day. It was not busy but...More

Thank Granmaannie2015
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The Victorians had faults, but produced craftsmen of superior quality, this beam engine is a typical example and well worth a visit

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Called in to use car park and cafe before a canal walk and left wanting to come back again and spend a day when they are steaming. Great Cafe!

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We visited on a day the engines were not 'in steam', but it was still a very worthwhile and interesting visit. It's in a great location, beside the canal and railway, so there is more to do here than see the beam engines. The cafe...More

Thank Julie J
Reviewed 5 May 2017

What an interesting place this is. We were treated to a guided tour of this fabulous gem of a step back in time technology. Our guide was clear and concise and able to answer all of our questions, bringing the 'boring' engineering to life, all...More

Thank HisMisses
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Even though my it's my partner that's interested in all things steam, I found it very interesting. We went on a 'in steam' day, when it's buzzing with passionate staff and enthusiastic visitors. Definitely worth a second visit. There's also a tea room and toilets.

Thank HeyJo44
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31 July 2016|
Response from davidthroup |
Hi Leena. First an apology for the slow reply, we have been very busy at Crofton Beam Engines and missed this s QandA request. On both the steaming weekends and the Steam Gala the beam engines are in operation. However, at... More