Experience the glory and genius of the Victorian age - Come visit us!

Type of events 




Getting Here

 Below is displayed a map of the area around the Crossness Engines site. For a more detailed map, including interactive features*, visit the Interactive Map.

* Some features are not available on touch screen devices.




We are open to visitors on the dates given. At all other times the site is closed to visitors. 

Steaming Days

We are usually open to the public one Sunday each month for Steaming. You do not need to book for these open days. The site opens at 10:30 and the last entry is at 4 pm. The site closes at 5 pm. 


Sunday 23rd August

Sunday 5th September 

Sunday 25th October 


Guided tours 

We have regular guided tours of the site on most Tuesdays between 11 am and 2 pm. Please note this is not a steaming event. You must book these via Eventbrite. See the calendar shown below.

Open Days

We are open only on the days shown in the calendar.

No need to book. Just come along.


Cost of entry - Adults £10 if Prince Consort is in steam or £6 if non- steaming. Children 5-15 yrs £3.

We suggest that you wear appropriate clothing for exploring a pumping station including flat shoes

We normally open at 10:30 and close at 17:00 with last entry at 16:00.  To have time to visit the full site it is best to allow at least two hours for your visit.


Guided Tours

Booking essential through Eventbrite. The individual listings below have a link to the Eventbrite site to make your booking. Numbers are limited and as a result we are sorry to say that 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.

Educational Visits

For Educational Visits contact our Learning and Outreach Officer - petra.cox@crossness.org.uk


Full information with regard to our Learning and Outreach Programme can be accessed via our 'Learning' link above.





Toilets are located close to the exhibition and include baby changing and facilities for visitors with disabilities.


Our cafe has a wide variety of food and drink served by our team of catering volunteers.

Come and see what we have on offer.

Gluten-free and decaffinated options are available.



Stop in at our shop on the way out and snap up interesting souvenirs and gifts for both adults and children.

We take cash and credit card payments. Profits go to the continued restoration and conservation work at Crossness.


Our car park is situated at the end of Bazalgette Way, to the right about 40 metres from the Thames Water security gate.    A pedestrian route about 700 metres long links the car park to the buildings.

If you are a blue badge holder and intend to visit us please contact us a few days before by emailing us on  info@crossness.org.uk or by telephone +44 (0)20 8311 3711, a few days before and we will arrange for parking closer to the building


We've tried to balance the need to conserve a Grade I listed building with making it accessible.

It is possible to get to all parts of the site and to access all the buildings without using steps.  Inside the main buildings all visitor facilities (exhibition, cafe toilets and shop are on one level).  Access to the first floor and basement in the Beam Engine House is by stairs but we do have screens to show what these areas are like if you are not able to access. 


All recognised guide, assistance or service dogs - including assistance dogs in training are welcome at Crossness. Please make sure they are wearing their designated jacket or lead slip. Well behaved family pets are also welcome provided they are kept on a lead and under control at all times.

Please note: Some areas are unsuitable for dogs, such as parts of the Beam Engine House, which has pierced flooring.

Walking and cycling

The site is between 2 km (1.3 ml) and 2.7 km (1.7 ml) from Abbey Wood Station depending on the route you take.

Please note that the Thames path access gate will be closed until the Great Breach Outfall works is completed in June.

By public transport

The closest railway station is Abbey Wood on the Southeastern network from Charing Cross, Waterloo and London Bridge.
There are a number of bus routes to Abbey Wood/ Thamesmead. Refer to map for details of buses and stops.

On Family Open Days, when Prince Consort is under steam, there will be a shuttle bus service into the site. 

Details about shuttle bus operation including cost will be included in the calendar entry when the bus is in operation.



By car

For visitors using their own transport, set your satnavs to SE2 9AQ which brings you to Bazalgette Way (previously Belvedere Rd). If the postcode doesn't give Bazalgette way you should try the alternate postcode SE2 9XL (197).

The Crossness visitor car park is at the end of Bazalgette Way to the right, just before the Thames Water Main Gate.


By taxi

Taxis are available from close to Abbey Wood station at 18 Wilton Road.

Visit Us

August 4th, 18th

September 1st15th, 18th and  29th


If this is your first visit please check the interactive map

COVID-19 update

As a result of the advice offered by Government relating to the Covid-19 pandemic we are not currently open for open days and guided tours.  We are aiming to open as soon as it feasible to do so and review our response to the pandemic regularly; at present all activities to the end of July have been cancelled.  We will take another look at our programme at the beginning of July, realistically, given current circumstances,  it is likely that we will cancel any events in August.

Our apologies for the inconvenience and disappointment this causes.





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Tel: +44 (0)20 8311 3711

Email: info@crossness.org.uk

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The Old Works

Thames Water S.T.W.

Bazalgette Way

Abbey Wood

London SE2 9AQ


For SatNav use SE2 9XL (197)