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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 #2 of 26 attractions in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Wiltshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Visited recently for the "n"th time with grandchildren. Particularly impressed with the way it is set out with educational play areas along the route. The children can climb on the steam engines, experience the feeling of a steam engine in motion and even walk underneath one of the more famous engines. For the older person there is plenty to experience... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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69 attraction reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We have visited literally hundreds of Galleries, Museums and Attractions and this has to be the worst signed we have ever seen. You end up in a dead end looking at a series of buildings that were once clearly the railway works. Some are marked National Trust or National Heritage and one is Marked Steam, nothing else, just Steam. There... More

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Mississauga, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Would certainly recommend the STEAM Museum as a great place to visit for all ages. It provides a detailed history of the Great Western Railway and offers a number of interactive attractions that make the experience both interesting and educational.

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Wroughton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I visited the Steam museum when it first opened & found it very interesting with lots to see & interact with. On Friday I went back for a 30th birthday ball hosted by my employer, we had to walk from the entrance through these amazing exhibits of steam trains to a large room where the event took place. There was... More

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Brisbane
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210 reviews 210 reviews
81 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great place fir kids of all ages from 6 months to 99 years. Well set out. Kids play areas at various points. Interactive things for adults. Loved being signal master in the Uffington box. Cafe very reasonable. Toilets easy access. Spent over 2 hours there. Bit hard to find, Swindon has lots of brown signs to follow but you get... More

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

One for the aficionado really. It is more than just an exhibition of locomotives and rolling stock. More of a re-creation of the history of the Swindon Railway Works. Loads of tableaux depicting Brunel's inventiveness and the life of workers from navvies to carriage builders. Plenty of interactive stuff and videos. You can even drive a steam engine! Although I... More

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Bristol
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

An interesting day, found out lots of information. Some interactive parts of the museum that kept the children engaged. Easy parking, not too busy so we were able to get involved with some parts not having to wait around. We were given a room to eat our lunch as we were a small group. An informative day out.

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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I didn't know what to expect, but when I arrived found the museum a very pleasant surprise. Everything explained either in writing, video's or pictures. Well set out to feed people around all the exhibits without missing anything. I was told it would be about a two hour visit, it was, and not rushed, just took our time to enjoy... More

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Shropshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

brilliant museum, thoroughly enjoyed it. Interesting artifacts with well laid out interactive displays, very informative about the railway industry.

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A good place to pass a few hours, though in opinion overpriced. We got a student discount though which helped. I'm not interested in trains particularly but still enjoyed the visit - though once is enough to see it all. Very interactive - even had a go at doing the signalling :) Would probably be most appreciated by families with... More

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