Plan Your Visit To Crofton Beam Engines.
We are open Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday 25 September 2022. On selected steaming days during the season, the boiler is lit and the beam engines resume their original role. Advance booking is recommended for Steaming Days
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy overlooking the canal and railway. No refreshments are available on site.
Please note that the only access to the site is via the main gate opposite the car park. No access from the lower canal entrance at lock 60. That gate is locked.
We are following Government guidance for visitor attractions to ensure a COVID safe environment for volunteers, visitors and staff.
How to find us
Crofton Beam Engines is located in rural North East Wiltshire between the villages of Great Bedwyn and Burbage, approximately six miles south of Marlborough. Please see the map below, our full postal address, and the detailed directions on this page.
Please note: Public access to the site on open days is by the main entrance only. There is no access from the lower canal entrance at lock 60.
Address, Telephone, E-mail Address and SatNav Postcode
Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Nr Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3DW.
Telephone: 01672 870300
From Marlborough: take the A346 southbound to the left turning signposted Burbage. Follow the road (High Street, Burbage) until the left turn into Taskers Lane which becomes Eastcourt Road. At the fork in the road take the road left signposted Crofton (Wolfhall Road), past the dairy farm. Continue ¾ mile until the canal crossing bridge where you will see a brown tourist sign pointing left. Crofton Beam Engines is approximately 300 yards with the car park on the left.
From Salisbury: take the A338 to Burbage roundabout. Take the second road off the roundabout past the petrol station and follow Burbage High Street until the right turn into Taskers Lane which becomes Eastcourt Road. At the fork in the road take the road left signposted Crofton (Wolfhall Road), past the dairy farm. Continue ¾ mile until the canal crossing bridge where you will see a brown tourist sign pointing left. Crofton Beam Engines is approximately 300 yards with the car park on the left.
From the A4 and Hungerford via Great Bedwyn: Crofton Beam Engines is signposted at Great Bedwyn village centre. Drive along Church Street past the Post Office to the right and St Mary’s Church to the left. At the end of Church Street turn right (don’t go over the canal bridge) and then follow Crofton Road for about 1 mile past the houses of the hamlet of Crofton. Crofton Beam Engines is approximately 600 yards with the car park to the right. THIS IS THE BEST ROUTE FOR LARGE VEHICLES AND COACHES
From Andover and Ludgershall via East Grafton: Take the A346 to the right turning for Wexcombe and carry on the road (Fair Mile) to the junction with the A338 signposted East Grafton. Continue to the East Grafton turning right into Dark Lane. Follow Dark Lane about 1 mile before turning sharp right over the canal bridge into Crofton Road where you will see a brown tourist sign. Crofton Beam Engines is approximately 300 yards further with the car park to the left. DARK LANE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR LARGE VEHICLES OR COACHES.
There is a tarmacked and bay-marked chargeable Pay and Display car park at Crofton Beam Engines with 32 spaces for cars, 2 accessible spaces and a bay for motorcycles. The car park is closed when the site is closed.
There is a height restriction of 7’ 2’’ or 2.2M and a height barrier. Therefore drivers of high vehicles for example mobile homes, minibuses, cars with cycle roofracks etc should call us in advance to make arrangements for access and speak with staff on site upon departure.
No overnight parking is allowed . Our Pay and Display car park is open for visitors during the Pumping Station opening hours. The car park gates will be locked 30 minutes after the site closes.
Car park charges are: £1 for 2 hours or £2.50 all day. The machine is coin only. Charges apply to all vehicles without exception or concessions. All charges provide essential income to support our charitable objectives and help maintain Crofton Beam Engines.
On large steaming and other event days ample additional parking is available in the adjacent field, accessible via the short track to opposite the main gate. The grass surface of this parking area may not be suitable for all vehicles and use is at the driver’s discretion and risk.
Coach Parking: there is normally space for 1 x full-size coach by prior arrangement for specific directions and assistance. Alternatively, for passenger drop-offs we can provide details of parking areas in the neighbouring area which again can be arranged in advance.
The nearest railway station is Bedwyn. www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/BDW/details.html For timetable and fares information please
There is boat mooring in the Engine Pound of the Canal, just by Lock 60. Please note there are no pump out facilities here, but there is a drinking water tap and a rubbish disposal point. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/crofton. Access to the site is then as per the On Foot information below.
Crofton Beam Engines is directly on National Cycle Route 4. For an interactive map and route planner, please see https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map. Cycles may be parked on site and a designated cycle parking area is scheduled for completion later in 2020.
Crofton can be accessed on foot via the road from Great Bedwyn or Burbage. Alternatively, you can walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath to the bridge at Sam Farmer Lock (no 58) and then take the road around to the main entrance. Please note: Public access to the site is by the main entrance only. There is no access from the lower canal entrance at lock 60. This helps our hard-working volunteers and staff regulate visitor numbers to the site and keep COVID safe.
Buses and Taxis
There are no public buses that call at Crofton, the nearest bus stops are at Burbage and Great Bedwyn.
Pre-booked taxis are available at Marlborough and are sometimes available at Bedwyn but obtaining a taxi from Crofton Beam Engines can be difficult.
Visitors are not advised to travel to Crofton Beam Engines by Bus or Taxi and to use the other means of transport given on this website.