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.
Steaming Day

Winter Warm-up at Bolton Steam Museum

  • 28 — 29 December 2019 10am-4pm

Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woolen mills of the North of England. Some of our engines are now unique - the only one of its kind to survive anywhere in the world! Our oldest is now 180 years old and most are well over 100 years old! Most will be running in steam on these 2 days only, and admission is free. There is an activity sheet for the children, and hot & cold drinks and snacks in the Engine View Cafe. Full disabled access and free unlimited parking on Morrison's Supermarket car park next to the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Bolton Steam Museum
Mornington Road

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01204 846490

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01257 265003

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