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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 museum

This museum is beautifully laid out and maintained. I really liked the workshop and office tableaux on the way to the things that really drew me there - the preserved engines... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This museum is beautifully laid out and maintained. I really liked the workshop and office tableaux on the way to the things that really drew me there - the preserved engines! "Caerphilly Castle" is just beautiful and its siting in splendid isolation over an inspection pit an inspired idea. The other locomotives are also brilliantly displayed in a station platform... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

On a busy wet day when the outlet centre was heaving, the steam museum was a haven of space, and quiet (except for the noise of the steam trains!). There was enough to keep children from 6 to 14 happy for over an hour, and also to teach them much about the development of railways.

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Fantastic day out. A really good balance of interesting exhibits for the grown-ups, and interactive stuff and train-related toys for the kids. My 6, 5, and 1 year old had a great time, as did I. The highlight for me was the engines - beautifully restored, and you can get in and handle everything; really good!

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Swindon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

took a first timer here to visit. they were thoroughly impressed and would like to come back and bring their family members. Gr8 place to visit for an afternoon out, surrounded by some brilliant shops.

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Going to get the negative out of the way first! Address of this attraction is not usable for normal drivers, it is only for blue badge holders. Access to this attraction was diabolical because of roadworks and queues to go shopping, we spent almost half an hour stop starting before actually getting in. You have to park in north car... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

A really pleasant surprise.Beautiful buildings and such a well thought out museum. Informative displays amazing trains and lovely staff all ready to help and chat about the exhibits. A real insight into a great industry and the people who worked in it. Family friendly with activities for children. Tea shop on site fairly expensive and not brilliant but next door... More 

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We visited with our children and grand children and there was plenty to see and do for everyone. There were lots of activities for the grand children who we almost had to drag them away from. All the staff and volunteers were very friendly and informative. Its not the sort of museum where you are not allowed to touch the... More 

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brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

When you can find it (come on Swindon Council - get some directional signs up) it is an absolute gem. Went on a very rainy day in August and it was practically empty. We went with our 10 year old grandson who was not particularly interested in trains, but he loved it. The exhibits were so well put together, many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

A very wet Sunday afternoon visit, but once you're here you forget all about the outside as you are transformed back in time to the steam age. All the exhibits are carefully thought out and the displays are very interesting. The huge steam trains are really a sight to behold and the children are kept amused thought out the whole... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I was a member for 6 years on and off when my boys were young. They both loved visiting there, at least 3 times a month. Best of all they could climb aboard the old steam trains and there are also some interactive parts around the museum. My boy's thoroughly enjoyed their visits. If you do go regularly then it's... More 

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