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STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway

Address: Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2TA, England
Phone Number: +44 01793 466646
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Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
91 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Situated in part of the old railway works, with a big shopping outlet centre and the modern headquarters of the National Trust nearby. Although it's sad that the industry has long gone (up to 3 steam locomotives a week used to be built here) it's great that the buildings have been saved and are being used for such a worthwhile... More 

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Burnham on Crouch, null, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Did the whole thing on my mobility scooter, apart from going under a train, even i have my limitations! A great visit and will go again sometime.

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Buckinghamshire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This museum is very well signposted from the M4 and is easy to find. The car parking is shared with the shopping outlet and you can park free of charge if you keep your museum entry ticket. The entrance price was a very reasonable £8 for adults and £6.50 concessions. I hadn't been very enthusiastic about visiting this museum and... More 

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Ruislip
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56 reviews 56 reviews
48 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Not quite what i expected,after visiting other train museums.Went on a group visit and spent an enjoyable time,on the history of the Great Western Railway.Brought back childhood memories.Well laid out,could take your time,to view exhibits and watch,informative A/V shows.Cafe had selection of light meals & snacks,very helpful staff.Afterwards had a coffee,in the National Trust headquarters cafe,which is nearby and had... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

What a good day out. Staff were great the reception desk team were so helpful and for once welcomed the children really well. Only very minor thing was shop was not quite as good as i expected but as there is a huge discount shopping village next door cant really argue - for note really good Hornby shop in village... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This was our 4th visit and still it amuses my 8 year old no end! Lots of things to look at, touch, play with, build, admire etc. For younger children the play areas are amazing, full of things to do, especially Thomas-related! Activity sheets are a great idea to keep children amused. The cafe in site which wasn't there the... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We spent a very enjoyable few hours here.The museum tells the story of the Great Western Railway which was the workshop of the GWR for over one hundred years. The museum is on the original site with a very modern " Designer Discount Retail Outlet sharing the same site. The exhibits are well laid out with plenty to do for... More 

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Swindon, Wiltshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My daughter loves going here. Little ones will enjoy trying out the activities which are scattered through the Museum (all linked to the displays around them), walking under the trains, climbing onto trains, on special days (check website in advance) they will be able to change signals in the Signal Box and get a certificate to say they did it.... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

just a little old news story about the G.W.R. railway works at Swindon plus the G.W.R. train there maybe other one event there like a roadshow of a tv program

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The exhibits can be enjoyed by children of all ages and adults as well. Our children particularly enjoyed the signal box experience. They listen to instructions which guide them through pulling the signal and points levers to allow trains to pass.They also enjoyed a simulated ride in the cab of a steam engine.It is a good place for grand parents... More 

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