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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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A must-see for railway fans

A excellent modern museum with very information exhibits, and the opportunity, though sound and the displays, to understand the way that steam railways were run and how engines... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A excellent modern museum with very information exhibits, and the opportunity, though sound and the displays, to understand the way that steam railways were run and how engines and all of the others things necessary for the working of the GWR were made. Do have a go in the signal box.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very well done to the curators and designers of this attraction. Lots of information boards interspersed with interactive exhibits and short audio and film make for variety around the central attractions of the heritage engines and other rolling stock, all housed in the original workshop environment. Ther is much for all age groups including quite young children.

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Baldock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The signage to the museum is very poor, it took us a long time to find it and we arrived at 4.10, to be told that although the museum closes at 5.00 the last admissions were at 4.00 and we could not go in. No thought as to how long it had taken to get there, no offer of admission... More 

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Worcester Park
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent day out, could have gone back the next day as we would've liked to take it all in again. Went with my brother who is disabled and uses a wheelchair but hardly missed anything. If you like steam trains your love it. We went on a special weekend when they had model railways, lots of them. Parking out front... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even with no experience or how the railways worked or their introduction, proved to be an interesting & enjoyable visit for all members of the family. A lot of interaction involved when inviting you to look back to past times.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went here twice within about 6 weeks, the second visit was for the event to celebrate 175 years of the birth of the railway works. That was superbly done with so much to see in terms of model railways, traction engines and other exhibits. As for the museum itself there is plenty to see it does not give any... More 

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Thank NB1957
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Park in the Mall's north car park and take a ticket from the machine. Cross the road and head towards the mall entrance and swing left past the National Trust building then bear right to the museum entrance. Make sure to collect a new parking ticket from the front desk before leaving, otherwise you will have to pay to leave... More 

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Thank Chris M
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been waiting to go to this museum for sometime. If you are a railway history fan or great western fan this is the place for you. The people are really friendly and the layout of the place is outstanding. We had our lunch in the museum restaurant. The food was very good at a good price.

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Thank DaveB1978
Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent value for money. More to do than you think. Only issue is cafe small so hard to find a seat.

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Honiton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This had plenty to see to depict life on the railways over the years, including workshops used depicting the life of the various workers on railways during their long hours of employment. the café was good and had a varied menu. The museum is easier to find if you follow the signs to the retail outlet rather than go into... More 

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