Much of the funding needed to conserve the Crossness Pumping Station comes from visitors to the site.  The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and restrictions have meant our income for the last two years has been severely reduced.
Please consider making a donation to help us to maintain this unique and magnificent heritage site.

Built in 1865 by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London’s sewerage system, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed industrial heritage site and a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, architecture, and design.​

"A ballet of rod and pistons"

Click here for news and visitor information

If this is your first visit please check the interactive map

Conservation Projects

​   Read about the latest restoration project.

Please read the Protocol for Visitors before booking a visit.

Ways to Visit Us

We are open only on the days shown on the calendar and booking is required for all visits – please see the individual visit dates for the link to Eventbrite.

Crossness Pumping Station is an industrial site and we recommend comfortable clothing and flat shoes.   Check out our Visitors' Page for more information.

The Toilet Timeline – online exhibition.

From a hole in the ground to the vacuum assisted toilet on the space station, the Toilet Timeline 

will illustrate the key developments in toilet design and technology – past present, and future.

This new exhibition tells a fascinating story of human ingenuity and innovation. 

All visits must be pre-booked

There are three primary ways of visiting Crossness Pumping Station; Open Days, Guided tours and Photographic events.

Open Days are monthly on a Sunday, Guided tours are held on most Tuesdays. The Photographic events give your photographic society exclusive access to the CET site. For Open days and Tours to the Cathedral in the Marshes then book your tickets here.

For photographic events email

Dates for your diary


Open Days 


   Sunday 17th July

   Sunday 21st August

   Sunday 18th September

   Sunday 16th October

   Sunday 13th November

   Sunday 11th December


Live at Crossness




Tel: +44 (0)20 8311 3711


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Thames Water S.T.W.

Bazalgette Way

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London SE2 9AQ


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