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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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I'm not particularly interested in history, industry, or trains - yet even I found quite a lot to interest me here. I particularly liked the 2-minute videos featuring people who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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Swindon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

Visited in the easter school holidays with a 10 yr old boy - he was yawning within 30 minutes. While it is more accessible than many museums, there was nobody around to bring the displays to life. Clearly in need of some modernisation - the interactive exhibits are very 1990's and hilarious to a 10 year old for example. Since... More 

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I'm not particularly interested in history, industry, or trains - yet even I found quite a lot to interest me here. I particularly liked the 2-minute videos featuring people who had worked in the railway industry, and the trains you could walk into (or underneath!) to get a sense of how they were in days gone by. The interactive signal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Very nice and tidy museum covering history of great north west railway. Well worth a visit if anyone is remotely interested in railways.

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South West England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We took our grandkids here and was hoping to be there all day, but if it hadn't of been for the detective kit (£5 extra) we would be have been there less than 2 hours. By the way the detective kit has an explanation missing making it even more difficult. What was there was good, but it was all on... More 

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Blaenavon, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A very good collection of railway memorabilia,food is available. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Souvenirs available to buy.

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Chalais, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It wont take you all day to get around , but there is so much to learn from this museum, well worth a visit.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Steam Museum is a very interesting place, with a lot to see and a lot to do. It is in the buildings of the old Swindon Works, where the Great Western's locomotives were built and overhauled, One focus is on the day-to-day activity that went on at Swindon and the people who worked there, but they also look at the... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

There was so much to see, lots of steam engines and items to do with the railway.We could have easily spent much more than the two and a half hours we were there.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

My son is train mad so we decided to be members we went last weekend for our 3rd time. Staff were very rude and told me and my husband off for not "controlling"our 3 year old excited son because he was running nowhere dose it state no running!!!! I found this place very unfriendly rude quite boring for younger children... More 

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

My niece, whose father-in-law is a train fanatic, has an annual family pass to STEAM so it was an ideal place to take my grand son to meet up with his cousins on a rainy day. (With my Blue Badge, I was able to park directly outside). Access is good for buggies and wheelchairs & the children's interest was maintained... More 

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