Opening Times – Staying Covid-19 Secure in 2020
From 18 July, we will be open from Friday to Sunday each week, and on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August. To ensure your safety, opening times will be shortened to give time for additional cleaning of facilities, including the visitor toilets. We will be open from 10.30-3.30.
We are following Government guidance for visitor attractions, and ask visitors to use the hand sanitiser which is provided around the site and to maintain social distancing. Numbers entering the Boiler and Engine Houses need to be limited, and you may be asked to wait in the grounds. In exceptional circumstances, we may need to restrict entry to the whole site.
For more information, please see the Trust’s website www.katrust.org.uk.
There is no charge to enter the site.
Admission Prices 2020
Free admission for one adult in every group on production of a Lottery ticket!
|Concession (60+ & Students)||£4.50||£4.00|
|Child (Under 16)||Free||Free|
|Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Members||Free||Free|
|Carers accompanying full-paying adult||Free||Free|
Admission to see the boiler house and engines in 2020 are by self guided tour.
We invite visitors to support Crofton and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust as a registered charity by Gift Aiding their admission.
If you pay the Gift Aid admission, which includes an extra 10% donation to the Trust, in addition to regular admission, the whole amount is treated as a donation. This then allows the Trust to reclaim 25% of the total price paid from the Government at no cost to the visitor or the organisation.
For full information about Gift Aid, please see our page about Gift Aid.
Car Park Charges
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.
A revised car park tariff was put in place with effect from 15 January 2019 as follows:
|Car Park Tariff 2019|
The Car Park is available year-round, not just when the site is open, thus providing a service for those wishing to enjoy the local area, walks along the towpath, visit friends moored by the canal and so forth.
All car park charges go directly to supporting the charitable work of the Kennet & Avon Trust and support our conservation and care for Crofton as a unique part of the nation’s industrial heritage.
No overnight parking is allowed and the car park except when there are special evening events. Our Pay and Display car park is open for visitors during the Pumping Station opening hours (Fri-Sun 10:30am – 3:30pm). The car park gates will be locked at 4pm.
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 in advance to make arrangements for access and speak with staff on site upon departure.
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.