All of the funding needed to conserve the buildings and engines of Joseph Bazalgette’s “cathedral on the marsh” comes from visitors to the site,  needless to say we have zero visitors & zero funding at present,  during this difficult lock down period.
Please would you donate what you can afford, 

to enable the volunteers to give this unique, 

world famous site the maintenance & care it 



Martin Hunt

Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London's sewage system and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.

"A ballet of rod and pistons"

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If this is your first visit please check the interactive map

Open Day - 25th October 2020

We continue to monitor the latest guidance on Covid-19 and provided there is no tightening of current rules we are offering open days, albeit with some restrictions.  Our next open day on 25 October is fully booked but we are exploring the possibility of adding two more dates this year, one in November, and one in December when, we will run the engine Prince Consort.  Tickets will be available through Eventbrite and there will be a link to that site through the calendar on this website.

 Conservation Projects

​   Read about the latest restoration project.

Please read the Protocol for Visitors before booking a visit.

COVID-19 status

Whilst the Covid -19 pandemic continues to have an impact we are pleased to announce that open days and guided tours will recommence after 31 July 2020.  If you have booked a guided tour after that date there is no need to do anything – we will e-mail you before the event.  We are currently working on implementing procedures that will safeguard visitors and have, in that context reduced the number of visitors that we can accommodate at any one time. 

Guided Tours

Booking is essential through Eventbrite. Each date is shown in the calendar below and has  a link to the Eventbrite site to make your booking. Because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic each tour is restricted to 20 people.  We are sorry but you cannot be admitted to the site if you have not pre-booked.  We suggest that you wear appropriate clothing for exploring a pumping station, including flat shoes. Tours last approximately three hours and include a talk in the lecture theatre on the history of the site followed by a guided tour. Find out more

Bubble Tours

 Book a post-lockdown ‘bubble’ tour for up to 10 colleagues, friends or family members and discover the Victorian splendour and ingenuity of the Crossness Pumping Station with one of our knowledgeable tour guides. Find out more

Group Tours

For groups of up to 20 visitors, book a Group Visit and discover the Victorian splendour and ingenuity of the Crossness Pumping Station with one of our knowledgeable tour guides. Group Tours cost £16 per head with a minimum charge of £160. Find out more

Press Release

Crossness Engine Trust is pleased to announce they have received £50,400 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Emergency Funding.

For more information please refer to the Press Release.

Bexley Eco Festival

As part of the festival, a competition to create the head of Sir Joseph Baxalgete. All those completing the construction will be sent a free pass to the steaming-day on 25th October for one adult and one child.

For more information visit the Eco Festival website and scroll down to the Crossness Pumping Station link.




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