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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 29 Attractions in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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littleborough
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Having just returned from the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, I decided to have a look at the museum. I wasn't disappointed. This is the place to visit if you want to know anything at all about the Great Western and the photos of the original Works, which I visited many times in steam days gave me a terrific sense of... More

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Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

What a lovely conversion, it has been so well thought out - We had a warm welcome at the ticket desk there was plenty of space and things for children to do on the way round, and for adults also, like stepping on the engine plate and looking in the Royal carriage how plush that was for Queen Victoria. Everywhere... More

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

First visit to the Steam Museum and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Plenty to see and to learn about. Went round twice just to make sure I hadn't missed anything and found my visit very rewarding. When about to leave I asked the staff if they could tell me the way into Swindon town centre and a very helpful gentleman came... More

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

This museum was beautifully clean, well laid out and interesting particularly the war exhibition. I am not a particular train fanatic but I can see if someone really was an enthusiast this place would be a must-see. The interactive exhibits were fun and the sound effects and models made for a great atmosphere. The engines were immaculate and shining and... More

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Bristol
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36 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I visited with my two adult sons and we had a really enjoyable time. After a warm and helpful welcome at the ticket desk we walked by or (in the case of the locomotive Caerphilly Castle) under the exhibits. The museum provides an excellent record of how different parts of Swindon Railway Works operated in the past and various aspects... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

well thought out lots to see,for a static museum it covers the subject very well,will give people of all ages great insight into Swindons railway heritage

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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Took my Dad for his birthday. We both really enjoyed as we could share our memories through the years. Great for any train lover.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Last visited STEAM - Swindon's railway museum over ten years ago. Quantity of locomotive exhibits still adds to the wow factor. You can even take a walk under one of the locomotives to get the engineer's view of the engineering quality from the last two centuries. A broad gauge (7 foot 1/4 inch, rather than the UK standard 4 foot... More

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Housed in the former engine sheds on the great western railway the museum I large and roomy with good access for pushchairs and wheelchairs unusually exhibits are widely spaced and many are interactive telling the story of railways to many an enquiring mind the large space is often used by exhibitions ranging from model railways to lego attached is a... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This a great musuem which is definitely worth a visit. It is a ten - fifteen minute walk from the station. It had a wide range of Great Western engines, coaches and other memorabilia. The staff were helpful and there was a cafe upstairs. Great souvenir shop with good prices and somewhere I would definitely revisit.

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