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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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Excellent place to visit!

Great for all "real boys", old or young, and amazing for rail enthusiasts. Lots of hands on stuff, great way to spend a couple of hours. Good cafe on site, easy parking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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South West England, United Kingdom
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South West England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great for all "real boys", old or young, and amazing for rail enthusiasts. Lots of hands on stuff, great way to spend a couple of hours. Good cafe on site, easy parking (reasonable charges) AND if the ladies don't want to be there it's next door to the amazing outlet shopping village!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Brilliant day out and really interesting worth taking friends, ralatives and even young children to I would 100% recomend it to anyone visiting or living in the Swindon area

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Thank Natalie B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A very interesting visit shows the history of the railway well worth the money and time Situated behind the outlet village in rodbourne swindon

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An excellent museum for all ages, the museum takes you through the various trades & production workshops. My favourite exhibits are the beautiful steam locomotives, you can stand on the footplate of them and the Castle class engine you can walk underneath to get a different view of the loco than usual. There are many other relics and models which... More 

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Medway
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186 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was born with GWR in my blood, so the chance to visit the museum with three of the greatest Great Western locos on show, up close and personal was a welcome weekend treat. King George V and City of Truro now reside side by side in a mockup of a Great Western station built within the former works where... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An excellently presented tour & the individual set pieces are facinating, especially the employee being told off for lateness! I would suggest that the "World's Fastest Train" would benefit the engineer in us all with a display detailing the key working parts & highlighting them with spot lights - having the inspection pit makes this an ideal opportunity. I kinda... More 

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Jumilhac-le-Grand, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must visit for a GWR rail fan and his grandson with lots of hands on stuff for the youngsters to build wooden engines and bridges ect an audio guide would be a great edition to the visit. In fact after we had been all round once grandson wanted to do it again so we did great exibits

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as my eldest is learning about Brunel at school. The staff on the front desk were very helpful, and the two different trail papers at the start catered well for different ages (under 5s, and over 5s) Everywhere was clean, and there was lots to keep interest of all ages. We ended up extending our tickets as we left... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is set out really well and has a good mix of detailed information for the adults and interactive options for the kids. You can also walk under a castle steam locomotive which was very interesting you can see the working parts underneath the body.

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Thank Jason J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best place to learn about Swindon's and Brunel's heritage and the Great Western Railway. You can touch everything, visit the train carriages and engines, fiddle with the levers and switches. Recommended fun for families

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