Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine

Trencherfield mill engine2Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine is one of the largest and finest working examples of its type. Built over 100 years ago, this mammoth metal powerhouse was regarded as a feat of industrial engineering. Churning out a massive 2,500 horse power to feed the ever hungry machinery of Trencherfield Mill, it played an instrumental role in Wigan’s industrial development.

With the help of a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid and restoration project, the engine has been restored to its former glory.

Visitors to Trencherfield Mill and the Wigan Pier Quarter are now able to awe at this giant’s immense size and power, but more importantly, experience it working as it did all those years ago - full steam ahead!

Where we are

Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, Wigan Pier Quarter, Heritage Way, Wigan WN3 4EF.

You'll find us south of Wigan town centre on the A49. Follow the brown tourism signs to Wigan Pier, and then the signs to Trencherfield Mill Engine.

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When we're open

General admission

Trencherfield Mill steam engine is open every Sunday. Tours take place at 11am and 1pm. Doors open 15 minutes before. The tour includes a guided walk around the facility and a fascinating video presentation. If you'd like to see the steam engine in action, you should come visit us when we host 'Steaming Sundays'.

Group visits

For groups and schools wishing to arrange weekday visits, there may be a small charge dependent on the activity chosen. Activities can be tailored to meet individual group or class requirements. Our Learning Officers are able to provide a range of learning workshops, craft activities and object handling sessions.

Events

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Steaming Sundays

Visit Trencherfield Mill on a Steaming Sunday to admire this giant’s immense size and power, but more importantly, experience it working as it did all those years ago. At 1pm you'll enjoy an informative multimedia presentation by engineers about the Mill Engine’s history and its immense power.

Prices

Steaming Sundays

  • Adult: £4
  • Children under 12 and concessions: £2
  • Family ticket (up to two adults and two children): £10
  • Group booking – 20% discount for parties of more than 15 people

Other Sundays (engine not operating/guided tour and presentation only)

  • Adult: £2
  • Children under 12 and concessions: £1
  • Family ticket (up to two adults and two children): £5
  • Group booking – 20% discount for parties of more than 15 people

Accessibility

  • The Steam Engine is housed in the Engine House, so you'll be able to see the world’s largest working horizontal triple expansion steam engine in its original location. This area is accessible by stairs with handrails or by lift. Please note that wheelchair access is limited to the viewing platform, accessed by lift.
  • 6 Accessible parking spaces near the canal arm area at Trencherfield Mill.
  • Access to the Engine Hall lift is available directly from the ground floor reception area. A ramp allows access into the Machinery Hall.
  • The Engine Hall benefits from a hearing loop system.
  • Toilet facilities - including an accessible toilet - are available in the reception area.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Contact us

For further information and booking enquiries contact 01942 828128.

To make contact on Sundays call the Engineers direct on 01942 777566.

We welcome your feedback and comments to help us to continuously improve our service so please email us.

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