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Bolton Steam Museum

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The museum has been developed over the last 20 years on the site of the old Atlas Mills in Bolton. It was opened to the public on a regular basis in 2006 and displays a collection of 27 stationary steam engines that used to provide power for the machinery in the textile mills throughout the north of England during the Industrial Revolution.


  • Parking
  • Gift Shop
  • Refreshments
  • Disabled Access


Full Description

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. Most will be running in steam on these  dates. Our collection includes two rare beam engines (the oldest is around 180 years old!) and a unique Bolton-built "non-dead-centre" engine.

Contact & Location

Operator:Northern Mill Engine Society
Address:Mornington Road
off Chorley Old Road
Greater Manchester BL1 4EU
Contacts: 01257 265 003
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Open days:Static: Most Sun & Wed 1000-1600. Steaming Days: 4-5, 25-26 May; 24-25 Aug; 13-14 Sep; 28-29 Dec 1000-1600.
By Bus:519 (from railway station), 126
By Rail: Bolton / 1.5 miles