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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 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A chance, on screen, to meet and hear the people in the railway work-shops!

Don't rush round just to see the exhibits. Take time to listen to the explanations of the many people who were employed here for much or all of their working lives ; understand... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Don't rush round just to see the exhibits. Take time to listen to the explanations of the many people who were employed here for much or all of their working lives ; understand how they manipulated the tools they used and see, either on screen or in reality their end products. You can touch many things; work a signal box;... More 

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Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love this museum but my most recent visit got off to an unimpressive start. Two members of the staff at the entrance desk were more interested in their own conversation rather than attending to the 3 or 4 of us waiting to enter. I attempted to purchase an annual ticket but was told I had to fill in an... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our second visit to the Steam Museum in ten years. The exhibit is set up to tell a story of the life and times of the workers. The display items are very good and includes video and hands on items. The signage directing you to the site could be better but well worth the effort to find it.

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Thank Mark F
Pontypool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Parking plenty of space . Then figuring out where the steam museum was. Yes there were signs. The museum tells the story of the Swindon Works where the great and some famous steam trains were constructed. Show 2 or 3 min films of how these steam trains were put together at different stages. How the workers were treated, holiday by... More 

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Immaculate locos, friendly and knowledgeable staff, free buggy hire for disabled and excellent artefacts and signage. Lots of activities for the little too Fantastic

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This excellent museum also tells the history of Swindon from the 19th Century to the present day. The social history involved in this story is woven throughout the museum and contains many links to the people of this great railway town and tells the stories of the jobs they did. The loco exhibits are immaculate and show what is meant... More 

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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you get the chance to visit you wont be disappointed. Videos telling the story of Brunel, interactive areas, all the family will enjoy this experience.

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Thank Edna P
Gloucestershire,UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and informative museum showing the history of railway engineering in Swindon. Lots of interactive stuff.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I go to the outlet village as I think it's a lovely place to meet up with friends I met on holiday, it's lovely and clean it's all indoors so ur not going to get wet if it rains which this is why I love going there. There are plenty of shops and restaurants and plus there is a place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic history of the steam locomotive and plenty of displays. Close to outlet village so great for a day out.

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