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STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway

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Address: Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2TA, England
Phone Number: +44 01793 466646
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A bit expensive but fun

I went to STEAM on a free work pass so I was quite happy with it however I think if I would have paid full price then I would have been a little more disappointed with it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I went to STEAM on a free work pass so I was quite happy with it however I think if I would have paid full price then I would have been a little more disappointed with it.

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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed learning about the major role the Swindon rail works played in the history of the railways - especially seeing the kind of tools & machinery that were used. Machines & skills that made Britain Great, not the prissy working methods we're forced to endure now, because of the H&S profession. I'd like to see the museum grow.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Fascinating story of the history of steam in Swindon and the works there.............the Museum really brings the history of it all to life

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Edinburgh
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The museum is really well laid out and has lots of story to it, The engines and the shed are visually brilliant and there was a fair amount of interest for all ages... can't help feeling that more model railways would be a useful addition.

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South West England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

My parents visited Steam last year and told us how much they enjoyed it and that it was undercover. So during a wet half term, we thought we would give it a go. You have to share parking with the nearby retail village, so it was a little busy and then it is short walk across the road, pass the... More 

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I visited this whilst the rest of the family visited the Swindon Designer Outlet Village!! There is an admission price so it is not like York which is free but the cost is negligible compared to the quality of the exhibits and ancillary items!! It flows round and is really the story of Swindon Works and the GWR. Nice gift... More 

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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Boys toys everywhere. A must for all railway enthusiasts. Nit on the same scale as york but, the quality is all there and I would certainly recommend it.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

He loved his visit to the GWR museum. Only disappointment was that King George 5th & Evening Star were not there. Postcards purchased in the shop showed that the engines were there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My husband and I thought we would be in and out in an hour. Three hours later and we still could have stayed longer. Absolutely fascinating place, atmospheric, interactive, genuine video footage of the original works and interviews of people who worked there. It was wonderful and amazing. An interesting place for all ages.

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Swindon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We don't live far away but had only visited once a long time ago. This Easter the family brought young children. Boys aged 7&9 It was fantastic for the lads, able to touch and play with most things and climb on trains and even an interactive game where they felt as if they were driving a locomotive. For the adults... More 

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