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STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway

Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2TA, England
+44 01793 466646
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Horley, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Museum well presented . Active exhibits such as a signal box and a steam train footplate that gives you the sound and movement of a real footplate. You really feel you have gone back in time and almost become an exhibit yourself as a schoolboy thought I was one of the exhibits as I stood perfectly still and he thought... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

It's interesting if you like trains are looking for a day out that is indoors. It only takes a couple of hours at most but it is right next door to the designer outlet which is a nice place for shopping, especially with discounts. The museum is good if you want to stay local to Swindon and maybe if the... More

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Oxford
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122 reviews 122 reviews
24 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Easy to find and easy to park. Parking fee is refunded. Large, spacious museum with lots and lots of displays and lots of trains! There are several children's play areas and a viewing platform where you can watch real trains on the West country main line. There are plenty of benches to sit on as you make your way round.... More

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A brilliant museum, well laid out and and with cafe and shop on site. Not just for railway enthusiasts, there is a wealth of social history here too and lots of hands-on stuff for kids to do. A good mix of printed display material to read plus many videoed interviews with ex staff of the works, and artifacts both large... More

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Llanelli
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Coming from a family of railway workers, it was good to see some of he old engines and experience how life was for those who actually built those fabulous machines. the displays and stories with actual film footage was excellent. the whole exhibition was well thought out and presented.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

thoroughly enjoyable 2 hours spend wandering past full size engines and carriages, short videos featuring former workers, and smaller exhibits. understandably concentrating on railways and workers in the great war. cafe served good bacon bap, too!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

They have made a lot of effort and the trains a truly majestic! nice and easy to find and car parking is reasonable.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is great for kids as they have little activities as you go round, I have been a number of times now for events, they have some great trains you can go in and around and a simulator that is good fun.

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Loads to see and keep a toddler entertained for a couple of hours on a rainy Tuesday! Plenty of hands-on activities and a couple of sit-down areas with colouring pencils, Lego etc, for a break before running round the other exhibits.

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Loads to see and many of the original sounds broadcast, making it authentically noisy! Interesting footage and voices of ex-employees. We were there for the NT AGM & the facilities were good. The cafe catered well with the numbers at lunchtime. Will return as we ran out of time to look around.

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