Grade 1 listed industrial heritage visitor attraction open to the public April to October, Crofton Pumping Station was built in 1807-9 to supply water to the highest point of the Kennet & Avon Canal. It has recently undergone Heritage Lottery Fund supported conservation and visitor facility improvement work and is the home of the oldest working steam engine in the world still in its original location and capable of performing its original task. A triumph of the Volunteer Preservation movement, the Trust bought the redundant pumping station for preservation in 1968 and by 1971 both engines had been restored to full working order. Car Park. Cafe. Shop. Toilets.
Access with steps
There are steps from the car park to:Old Smithy Picnic Area
Travel by public transport
Bedwyn Station approx 1.5 miles away, access from there by either road or the canal towpath (the towpath may not be suitable for those with mobility access needs)
Car park has two designated accessible spaces. Access to the main entrance is across the road to the main gate and down the slope to the Engine House. The gradient of the slope may not be suitable for some wheelchair users and / or their companions / carers. Please call for more information if required. There is also a second entrance from the canal towpath via a flight of 30 external steps; this not suitable for wheelchair users.
Path to main entrance
Entry is through doors at the Boiler House. There is step-free access from the car park, but down a slope that may not be suitable for some wheelchair users, their carers, and those of limited mobility. Entry is level through to the Engineman's Rest Cafe and Boiler House.
Getting around inside
Ticket/ information desk
Boiler House Admissions Desk
Things to See and Do
The Ground Floor Boiler House and Engineman's Rest Cafe is accessible to wheelchair users and there is step free access. The first floor of the Engine House is accessible with staff assistance and uses a portable ramp over two steps. There is no step-free access to two uppermost levels in the Engine House although a touchscreen monitor is available on the first floor showing the upper levels.
Fully accessible unisex toilet newly opened August 2018 to full accessible standards.
Gift Shop Area in Cafe
Shop area colocated with cafe.
Place to eat and drink
Engineman's Rest Cafe
Cafe has order at the counter and table service. Currently 8 tables and 32 seats. Co-located with shop.
Getting around outside
Various parts of the grounds are accessible but some of the lawned areas are on slopes and assistance may be needed.
Old Smithy Picnic Area
Picnic area is accessible to wheelchair users with assistance, the ground slopes in parts.
Grounds and Picnic Area
There is access to the grounds and picnic area but this does involve a slope from the entrance and then a slope over grass. These may not be suitable for wheelchair users, those with visual impairments or mobility difficulties.
Customer care support
Portable ramp to access first floor of Engine House across Launders Bridge (two steps down) - staff assistance required.
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support
Modern accessible toilet with baby changing.