Bolton Steam Museum

The museum is on the site of the old Atlas Mills in Bolton and displays 30 stationary steam engines that used to provide power in the textile mills throughout the north of England during the Industrial Revolution. Larger engines include a giant 40-ton 'McNaughted' beam engine, a very rare 1840 twin-beam engine and a unique 'non-dead-centre' vertical engine built by Musgraves of Bolton.


  • 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 only. 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: 01204 846 490
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Open days:1000-1600. Static: Most Sun & Wed. In steam: 30 Apr-1, 28-29 May; 27-28 Aug; 28-29 Oct; 28-29 Dec.
By Bus:519 , 520 (Johnson Fold), 125 (Preston)
By Rail: Bolton / 1.5 miles

Upcoming Events

28 Dec-29 Dec 2017 Winter Warm-Up

In Steam 10.00am to 4.00pm each day. Volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society have rescued and…

This entry was last updated on 23rd October 2017

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