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STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway

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Address: Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY, England
Phone Number: +44 1793 466646
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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STEAM was able to keep me totally enthralled whilst at the same time captivating my young grandson. He loved the "work sheet" that asked him to identify objects and pictures... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

STEAM was able to keep me totally enthralled whilst at the same time captivating my young grandson. He loved the "work sheet" that asked him to identify objects and pictures within each area, and was so fascinated by the big engines that he wants to visit a "steaming" day locally, probably at Didcot! A good day out.

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Thank ChelseaMikali
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good museum, with lots of info on the history of train building working conditions, women's work in the war , and many interactive displays and play areas for children and the young at heart. I enjoyed changing the points in the signal box., and seeing local school children experience the evacuation experience.

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Thank happyface_11
Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this museum. It will make you travel back in time to the steam trains. Very well organized, friendly staff and if course: steam trains and lots of vintage stuff (some of them interactive). You will a full replica of an old train station, the King's train, the fastest steam train in the world.

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Thank Pedro M
Stalbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful visit for anyone and educational about so many things. Every child needs taking to this sort of place to be enthused by innovation, engineering, entrepreneurship, vision, integration and how solutions were found to problems before computers and electronics held sway. If they understand these things than computers are a doddle. So much to understand by seeing... More 

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Thank Tim O
Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great venue to experience railway history. Plenty exhibits to see and cafeteria is the usual standard cost. Parking is no problem.

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Thank Mark T
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trains themselves were well presented, and some of the other exhibits too, but it was hard to find, and the staff were bored and offhand - it was a Friday afternoon, and we were two of (I think) 6 visitors. It wasn't signed from the car park, but I had printed off a map, and we took the most... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't been for about 8 years but my memory of the museum of trains still impresses me. The beautiful condition of the engines and the carriages shows how much they care about this exhibit. It really is fantastic to be able to see and touch some of the most beautiful steam engines i have ever seen. The size of... More 

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Thank PaulBrown2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Throughly enjoyed my afternoon giving us an insight into how big the the Railworks had been in its heyday, how important it was to the development of Swindon, how skilled the work force needed to be to manufacture all the items needed to build both the Engines themselves as well as all the rolling stock. All the exhibits are well... More 

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Thank Gwynlanedd
Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Great Western Railway Steam Museum in Swindon earlier this year. It had moved from it's previous location to a much better one. The displays had been upgraded and the whole appearance was a lot better. This is a very good example of the history of Swindon (e.g. The days of the old GWR) and I would recommend... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good value museum for a short visit apart from the locomotives there are also good narratives about the workers. Some great things scattered around to keep smaller kids amused. Sadly(like far too many refurbished museums) the modern glass and grey decor finish sterilizes the atmosphere, but anyway we go for the choo choo's, not the wallpaper!

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