Didcot Railway Centre
Didcot Railway Centre
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Speciality MuseumsRail Services
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Didcot Railway Centre is a living history museum of the Great Western Railway set in 21 acres alongside Didcot Parkway Station. From Brunel's Broad Gauge to the modern trains running past, Didcot Railway Centre's unique collection of buildings, locomotives, carriages, wagons and other artefacts shows how the Great Western Railway developed to be the premier railway company of the 1940s.
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  • Prw83
    190 contributions
    No step free access.
    No step free access. The whole of Didcot station is step free and has ample disabled spaces. They also cater to families with push chairs. Didcot railway centre has no step free access once you’re the other side of Didcot station. Families having to carry push chairs up two flights of chairs. Not sure how anyone with mobility requirements would be able to visit here. If it’s poor weather there’s not a lot to do here. Cafe is very overpriced too. Some good train exhibits to see and you can ride two different trains on a short journey.
    Hi I am sorry you struggled with access to our site. We try and make everyone aware of the limitations of our site when people book as we have to use the access provided by network Rail and that involves stairs. We are investing in a new ramp to resolve this issue but the cost is in the region of £600K which has taken some time to raise. Hopefully this will be started in 2023. We have done price comparison with other food outlets of a similar type and we were less expensive than most. We do try and offer an affordable day out to all. Good weather is beyond our control however.
    Written 17 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 February 2023
  • Roy V
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom623 contributions
    Disappointing "Steam Day" visit
    Only one of the two very short demonstration lines had a steam hauled train and even that had no connection to the GWR era we had come to see. There was also nothing else in steam, although one of static locos was open for cab visits and had an excellent audio display of the controls. Sadly, the volunteer staff seemed uninterested in engaging with visitors! For example, the guard on the diesel train failed to offer any information about the autocoach controls or the broadguage exhibition and the purpose of the transhipment shed. A great opportunity lost to convey the purpose of the society. We also noted the lack of any promotion material and confusing signs at the station entrance to the site that might have contributed to the low number of visitors at a half-term weekend.
    Hi Roy I am sorry you did not come on a day when we were operating steam engines. We try and convey what is running on what days on our booking site, as obviously we cannot run steam engines every day. All our guards are volunteers so I am sorry you felt a lack of interest. Didcot volunteers are usually highly praised by reviewers.
    Written 17 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 20 February 2023
  • Keith P
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom58 contributions
    Railway visit 2023
    The centre is next to the station and entrance is via the station barriers with steps up to the site. Train ride is about 5 minutes long maximum to the other end of the site and about 100yards from the entrance. A broad gauge system is at the far end of the site and is very interesting. Most engines of old GWR/BR were inside of shed and dificult to photograph. A small shop is on site and a couple of other small facilities of books and items for sale one in a coach at the back of the site next to a sidings. A good Restaurant with hot and cold food with reasonable charges. A small museum on site as well although small worth looking at. If traveling by car you are guided to the new Didcot Parkway Station car park and is about 10 to 15 minutes walk away, car park level 2 is exit by lift or you can climb the steps. Car Park charges are £5 60 for 4 hours remember this is an AMPR car park so leave plenty of time to get back.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Albert
    East Ham, United Kingdom2 contributions
    I never made it
    There is no dedicated car parking - you have to park in the station car park, and there is no dedicated entrance - you have to enter via the station building. I spent 45 minutes trying to work this out. Missed last admission, so never made it.
    Hi One star seems harsh as you never even visited the site! You were late and got cross, I understand that, but parking instructions are clearly stated on our website. Please use your existing ticket to come on another day, but maybe leave home earlier this time. Clive
    Written 4 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 December 2023
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oxford city dog
Oxford, UK9 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The Didcot Railway Centre is just one stop on the train from Oxford City train station. If you buy an off-peak day return, the cost is very reasonable. If you drive, there is a large car park opposite the Didcot train station. Oak and I took the train. The station was quite busy, so we walked to the far end of the platform. It was a lovely train and had air conditioning, which was great on a hot day. I took the opportunity to take a photo of Oak with the train. See below to see oak
Written 1 November 2023
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Thank you for a kind review please come back in the Summer.
Written 4 December 2023
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Millie024
Llantwit Major, UK532 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We last went here nearly 50 years ago, and remembering it fondly, were not disappointed.Atmospheric air raid shelter, interesting museum, and a wonderful display of huge engines and carriages. All staff very friendly and pleasant. Definitely recommend.
Written 19 October 2023
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Mike S
Lincolnshire, UK315 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A great site for train buffs and their family. Lots to see and do and a lot of effort has gone in to making this a family friendly venue as well as a major preservation for the Great Western Railway.
Make sure to see the old Brunel wide gauge part
Written 18 September 2023
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Keith P
Hemel Hempstead, UK58 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The centre is next to the station and entrance is via the station barriers with steps up to the site.
Train ride is about 5 minutes long maximum to the other end of the site and about 100yards from the entrance. A broad gauge system is at the far end of the site and is very interesting. Most engines of old GWR/BR were inside of shed and dificult to photograph. A small shop is on site and a couple of other small facilities of books and items for sale one in a coach at the back of the site next to a sidings. A good Restaurant with hot and cold food with reasonable charges.
A small museum on site as well although small worth looking at.
If traveling by car you are guided to the new Didcot Parkway Station car park and is about 10 to 15 minutes walk away, car park level 2 is exit by lift or you can climb the steps.
Car Park charges are £5 60 for 4 hours remember this is an AMPR car park so leave plenty of time to get back.
Written 6 September 2023
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Flyer24341194581
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Steam Train rides, food, museum and a pleasant ambience of history and nostalgia. Excellent Gift shop
Written 5 September 2023
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Thank you for the great review. We have many volunteers who work hard to give a good ambience and it is nice when it it noticed.
Written 18 September 2023
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Jeremy J
Abergavenny, UK504 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
It’s a railway preservation centre more than a museum, a real hands on experience with live steam, rides, climb aboard and so much to see, to do and to photograph. Add great cafe, shops, picnic areas with playgrounds and so many exhibits this is both a rail enthusiasts’ and a childrens’ dream, great for all ages. You’ll want to spend most of the day here. Fantastic… oh, and staffed by a team of exceptionally interested and knowledgeable volunteers. The best thing to do in Oxford for sure
Written 20 August 2023
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Brilliant review - so glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 18 September 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,213 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
If you're into steam locos and/ or the history of the GWR, this is a definite must-go. Whilst there are only two very short stretches of track to ride on, the steam locos they have operating, or resting in the shed, are impressive. You can walk most places around the yards, so you can get up close to locos etc. There's plenty to see and do for adults and children - engine works, carriage works, signal centre, shops, cafe etc. The cafe is a bit basic and based round pasties and chips, with very shouty staff, but everything else is really good. A grand day out & highly recommended.
Written 18 August 2023
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A real railway cafe atmosphere! Thanks for the nice review, it means a lot to us.
Written 18 September 2023
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Jeremy W
Wroughton, UK627 contributions
Aug 2023
A large and varied collection of GWR engines coaches wagons and every thing else. Most engines unfortunately no longer have a current boiler certificate. Fund raising seems to be prioritising replicas rather than restoring them. Something that is now very expensive with overhauls costing up to a million pounds.
Positive.
Volunteer Staff were polite very helpful and knowedgable.
Unlimited choice of two short train rides in original GWR coaches. One with Pendennis Castle which with coal at nearly £500 a ton was not a cheap engine to steam on a short train.
Able to walk anywhare.
Small items collection
Signal display.
Negatives
The hot food was poor. Chips Ok but 'Cornish' pasty cheap bland. Bought down to the lowest price. Lost a point.
it should be noticed that as an original loco shed there are pits between the tracks which are not fenced off. if you are with children beware of this. Normal modern rail practise is for them to be fenced off. Plus there is no ramped access its a set of steps. This is due for a change.
Written 15 August 2023
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Hi I appreciate the pints you made. We have found that putting barriers up around the pits does not help as the whole site has rails to fall over and holes to fall down, so a warning of the dangers on entering the site hi lights the risks and raises awareness.
Written 18 September 2023
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spark0906
Dover, UK79 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
My boy is obsessed with trains so I thought it would be good to take him here. There is lots to see here and the site stretches out for quite a distance so can fill a good few hours. The staff we spoke to were knowledgeable and there is lots of information around. Everything seems very well preserved and well looked after. We were actually there on a non-running day (although it was still a good day out) so will definitely return.
Written 13 August 2023
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Thank you for your nice review - appreciated!
Written 18 September 2023
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Sally M
37 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Lovely day out at this great working museum with amazing steam trains. Excellent staff, especially Jake the Station Master who was brilliant and our lovely train guard too. We'll laid out and tons to see and enjoy. Loved it all. Lots of walking but worth it.
Written 13 August 2023
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Thank you - I will pass your compliment on to Jake who is a volunteer.
Written 18 September 2023
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