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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 21 Attractions in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Looe, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is a well-presented look at the history of railways from the perspective of one particular company, the Great Western, whose headquarters were in Swindon: indeed, the museum occupies a small part of the site of the old Swindon works. The exhibits are tidily set out, with sufficient space to appreciate them, although the lighting is not quite good enough... More 

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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We visited here in January 2014, four adults and our two grandaughters aged 10 and 8. As my wife and I live in Cornwall we were particularly interested in the Brunel connection and found the Museum totally enthralling. Have only been made aware of Tripadvisor recently so thought the Great Western Railway Museum well deserved a mention! There was plenty... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Good all round interest, very informative, easy access. Nice way to spend an afternoon, reasonable cost, or an annual ticket is of benefit if you intend to visit mire often

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

been a few times and the wife decided to get a members card. Kids love it. Great exhibits and has some interactive parts for the nippers

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A step back in time. Good fun regardless of if you like trains or not. Kevin a 5th generation railway man gave an amazing talk, and bought the experience to life. I have visited many times, and will visit many more times in the future. All staff are friendly and helpful.

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London
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64 reviews 64 reviews
3 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Good layout taking you through the way the old railway factory worked, and going underneath an engine was fascinating, even the lady found it interesting! Great day out and nice and warm on a cold winters day. Cafe upstairs bit of a let down, not very comfortable or welcoming.

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Dunmow
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Visited today, and very impressed. Good value for money (£8) and they have made a good job of bringing the history of the yard and the trains to life. Volunteers on the exhibits are keen and knowledgeable, very little you could find fault with.

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Newbury
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Good day out, looking around the former Great Western Railway Works. Good use has been made of the old works buildings with historical photos, footage of the works and life stories of the workers. You even get to climb aboard some of the originasl engines buil´t at the works. A must for any steam orientated person. Small children might get... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Visited with friends and children, ages 8-10. Great museum. Interesting. Some interactive activities available. The kids loved the old fashioned slot machines/games. The shop is good. Not over priced like some. There is a nice cafe on site serving decent food again at a good price. My only criticism would be they need to educate their young staff that Scotland... More 

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United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I love steam trains - this is a day out well worth the money and fun for all! The museum was much larger and far more interesting than I had expected. It is a great trip for families too, as there are interactive games and even a steam train simulator! I loved being able to board the trains and walk... More 

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