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Didcot Railway Centre

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lots to see, good value, but rather strange to get to

Another Railway Museum/Centre staffed and run by volunteers. I'd really wanted to give 5 stars... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
H6690DQgregh
Christmas treat

It has been almost 30 years since my last visit but seeing as I now live in Didcot I decided to... read more

Reviewed January 4, 2019
PaulFJSmith
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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Didcot Railway Centre is a living history museum of the Great Western Railway set in 25 acres alongside Didcot Parkway Station. From Brunel's Broad Gauge to the modern trains running past, Didcot Railway Centre's unique collection of buildings...more
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Didcot Railway Centre Didcot PARKWAY Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NJ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Today Friday 5th April was described as a major event, the launching of the Saint locomotive 'Lady of Legend'. So we travelled up from South Wales having consulted the website which promised a variety of engines in steam and the Swindon Panel box open. Unfortunately...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry you didn't enjoy the launch of Lady of Legend. We had advertised that we would run the Saint and our Steam Rail Motor on that day but unfortunately the Rail Motor was not available so we had to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another Railway Museum/Centre staffed and run by volunteers. I'd really wanted to give 5 stars because of this, but could only give 4. The site is huge with lots to see and some great examples of carriages and engines. Unfortunately the day we went on...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your day - the Centre, like many other places, always looks much better in the sunshine. During the quieter months we do not open the Ticket Office and ask visitors to pay in the...More

Reviewed March 14, 2019

We went in early March, understandable we might not be able to go on some trains but actually we weren't allowed on any!! After paying an excessive amount for three adults and one child, we were high disappointed to then have the knowledge we wouldn't...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry you were disappointed with your visit. On our Exhibition Only Days (when we are not running the trains), visitors can explore our 20 acres including visiting our workshop areas, although there may not be any restoration work going...More

Reviewed February 25, 2019

Although it is a little hard to work out where the Museum actually is (its through the modern station), its well worth a visit. There is a car park opposite with a little sign saying "railway museum parking" and this worked very well. The best...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We try and make it clear that our entrance is through Didcot Parkway Station and we are working with GWR and their contractors to improve the signage from the main Didcot Parkway Station...More

Reviewed February 16, 2019 via mobile

What a great place for train enthusiasts especially the younger ones. There’s some much information for them to take on board . Lots of things to interact with and good amenities.More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback. We're so pleased you and your grandson enjoyed your visit. Maybe he will come and help us as a volunteer when he gets a bit older. Our visitor leaflet suggests 10 Things to do for families and visitors...More

Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

The end of January is probably not the best time to visit the Didcot Railway Centre. It was very cold and there wasn't a lot going on. The railway shed had some very proud powerful locomotives on view but it didn't seem possible to be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry you didn't enjoy your day with us. The Centre, like most other places, does look much better in the sunshine and it's been too cold for picnics. On an Exhibition Only Day, when we are not running the...More

Reviewed January 4, 2019

It has been almost 30 years since my last visit but seeing as I now live in Didcot I decided to take my son along with niece and nephew to see father Christmas. I was not dissapointed , there was plenty for the kids to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback. Were so pleased you enjoyed your Festive Day Out With Thomas. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Didcot Railway Centre is open every weekend and we are next running the trains in February Half Term...More

Reviewed January 2, 2019

Always wanted to go there and now I have. Very pleased I went. Lot's of interesting things to see and do and learned so much. It was good to almost step back in time. Defo want to go back when the trains are running. Highly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed one of our Exhibition Only Days, which are a great chance to get up close and personal wit our wonderful collection of all things Great Western Railway. Didcot Railway Centre is open every weekend. It's...More

Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

Lots of wonderful staff, but we felt let down by Santa, who barely had a word to say to the children. They sat & waited, but nothkng was forthcoming. Rather sad. Gutted that we could also see his head when wig was removed and he...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your day with us. I'm sorry you were disappointed with Santa and please accept my apologies for the glimpse of Santa off duty. We will do our best to ensure that this doesn't happen again as...More

Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

Amazing from start to finish. After a mix up with tickets (our fault) the staff went out of thier way to sort things for us. Nothing was too much trouble and everywhere was clean and very very festive. Staff were all in character and my...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed your Festive Day Out With Thomas and visit to Father Christmas. We love seeing our visitors of all ages have a great time and it's great to be appreciated. I will pass your thanks on...More

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Sorry I wouldn't know. Maybe you could look at their web site, it should have all the details on there.
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Yes. We welcome dogs with well behaved owners. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
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