Bolton Steam Museum

Steaming day at Bolton Steam Museum
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Bolton Steam Museum is located in a former cotton warehouse of the old Atlas Mills complex, now on Morrison's supermarket site off Chorley Old Road, Bolton.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Every Wed Sun (Static) 10.00-16.00.
Steam Days: For steaming days, please click the events button

Closed: Mon Tues Thurs Fri Sat (except for steam days)

Admission charges

Free at present

Over 25 textile mill stationary steam engines have been rescued and restored to working order. These include some very rare and unusual types of engine. We have 2 beam engines, horizontal, vertical and inverted vertical engines, steam pumps, barring engines and a special 'stenter' engine donated by our late President, Fred Dibnah.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Science and Technology, Industry

Key artists and exhibits

  • Beam Engine
  • McNaughted Beam engine
  • Non Dead Centre engine
  • Horizontal engine
  • Stationary Steam Engine
  • Vertical engine
  • Inverted Vertical Engine
  • Scott & Hodgson
  • Woodhouse & Mitchell
  • Robey
  • Tangye
  • Petrie
  • Hick Hargreaves
  • John Musgrave & Sons
  • Lancashire Boiler
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Steam Day at Bolton Steam Museum

Winter Warm-Up at Bolton Steam Museum

  • 28 — 29 December 2015 10am-4pm

Volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society have rescued and restored 27 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England. Our collection includes 5 engines built in Bolton, including one which is unique - the only engine of this particular type to survive anywhere in the world! Most of the engines will be running in steam on these 2 days. Free admission and free unlimited parking on the Supermarket car park.
Please note: Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission (donations welcomed)


Bolton Steam Museum
Mornington Road

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01204 846490

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01257 265003

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