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Unique, brilliant place to visit for a piece of living history

Visited twice last year on 'steam' weekends when the pumps were in action. This is living history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
IanM4363
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Ludgershall, United Kingdom
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This is a wonderful project keepingthe steam engines working. Lots of dedicated enthusiasts looking... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
commstraveller
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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Crofton Beam Engines will reopen for the 2019 season on 6 April 2019. Crofton Beam Engines is a Grade 1 listed heritage visitor attraction showcasing magnificent 200 year old working steam engines still performing their original job! Amazing history...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited twice last year on 'steam' weekends when the pumps were in action. This is living history brought to life by informed volunteers. A must for everyone.More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank IanM4363
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review and glad to hear you enjoyed your visits last season! Come and see us again in 2019 - we reopen on 6 April and in the meantime have some public winter works open days on 19 January, 16 February and...More

Reviewed 12 December 2018

This is a wonderful project keepingthe steam engines working. Lots of dedicated enthusiasts looking after the place. Wondeful to see the machinery working and not just sitting there like so many museums. I realy recommend a vist.More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks indeed for your kind words and maybe we'll see you again one day. We reopen for the 2019 season on 6 April and in the meantime have some public winter works open days on 15 December, 19 January, 16 February and 16 March...More

Reviewed 2 December 2018

We visited during the anniversary celebrations and we loved every moment of it. It was great watching the old beam engines in action and the setting is quite nice too being close to the canal and the railway. The engineer's cafe is also very nice,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind review and look forward to maybe seeing you again one day - we open for the 2019 season on Saturday 6 April 2019!

Reviewed 5 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steve T
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

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 4 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ian C
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

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 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andy S
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

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 28 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Simon D
Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

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

Reviewed 23 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

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 20 September 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

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 10 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Crofton_Manager, Manager at Crofton Beam Engines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

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.

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Alan B
12 October 2017|
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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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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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