Credits: Peter Scrimshaw
Experience the glory and genius of the Victorian age - Come visit us!
Ways to visit us
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.
Explore the Crossness Pumping Station at your leisure – there are no guided tours but our volunteers will be happy to answer any questions. Entry to see the Engines will be managed and you will be contacted after ticket purchase to check your preferred time. Activities during Open Days include a narrow-gauge railway running some 500 metres from close to the car park up to the main site, regular screenings of a Crossness film and a display of smaller engines. The Ness Café will be serving drinks and snacks and the Gift Shop will be open For families, pick up our children’s trail from reception and explore the Crossness site and don’t forget to join the learning team for a free hands-on craft activity in the Engine House.
Cost of entry - Adults £15 if Prince Consort is in steam or £10 if non- steaming. Children 5-15 yrs £3.
A guided tour lasting approximately 3 hours explores the history, engineering and architecture of Crossness. The Prince Consort engine will not be working during these visits. Numbers for the guided tours are limited to 14 per tour during COVID restrictions. The Ness Café and shop are open during these visits.
For Schools, Home Education groups, Universities and Colleges please contact firstname.lastname@example.org*
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.
In accordance with Good to Go compliance the toilets will be regularly inspected and cleaned.
Our cafe will provide a limited range of pre-packed snacks. Tea and coffee are available in disposable containers. All staff are trained and COVID compliant.
Gluten-free and de-caffinated options are available.
Stop in at our shop on the way out view our souvenirs and gifts for both adults and children; if you wish to purchase please tell the counter staff what you want and they will provide the item - Argos style.
We take credit and debit cards; sorry no cash. Profits from sales 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 email@example.com 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
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.
Sanitiser stations will be located throughout the buildings with social distancing floor markers.
Please use common sense. Masks are required within buildings unless exempt.
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.
Crossness can be accessed via the Thames Path during Open Days
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.
Taxis are available if you do not wish to walk to the site.
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
If this is your first visit please check the interactive map
Looking for a unique visit for your group?
For Groups of up to 20 (which will increase to 35 once Covid restrictions are relaxed), book a Group Visit and discover the Victorian splendour and ingenuity of the Crossness Pumping Station with one of our knowledgeable tour guides. Group VIsits cost £16 per head with a minimum charge of £160.
- An introductory talk illustrating the public health crisis that led to the Great Stink of 1858;
- Guided tour of the buildings and engines
- Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits on arrival.
- Visitor Parking on site
Morning, afternoon and evening tours are available on both weekdays and weekends. Please allow 2½ to 3 hours for your visit.
To book a Group Visit, or for further information please email
Taxis are available from Abbeywood Station Minicabs close to Abbey Wood station in 18 Wilton Road.
Book in advance on 0208 311 1199
All visits on Open Days or Guided Tours must be pre-booked via our calendar. Group Visits must be arranged via email as shown below.
The tours and visits comply with Visit England’s ‘Good to Go’ COVID safe requirements.
* Please note that we will always respond to an email request. If you do not hear from us please check your spam folder.
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