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Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Railway Centre Didcot PARKWAY Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NJ, England
+44 1235 817200
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Friendly and relaxed day out

Well worth a visit to get up and close to railway history. Friendly and obliging staff keen to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
TheSillyIsles
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Salisbury, Wiltshire
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The railway collection is well worth a visit and others will have sung it's praises. We visited... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Derek B
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Didcot Railway Centre is a living history museum of the Great Western Railway set in 22 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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  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 16:00
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Didcot Railway Centre Didcot PARKWAY Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NJ, England
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+44 1235 817200
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth a visit to get up and close to railway history. Friendly and obliging staff keen to share their enthusiasm and love for GWR history. Unlike other heritage railways, all the attractions within one site so easy to see everything. Parking is a bit...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The railway collection is well worth a visit and others will have sung it's praises. We visited on a roasting hot day and almost fried before we even got to the collection. Whatever you do when you are getting close don't don't don't don't don't...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a traditional museum suitable for those with a serious interest in railway history. It also caters for adults and children who enjoy the romance of steam. The main attraction is the collection of locomotives and rolling stock. There is also a museum, cafe...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed our slice of GWR heaven. Visitors can explore at leisure and see 180 years of railway history from Brunel's Broad Gauge to the modern trains (the new electric passenger trains as well as Class 66s)...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance is under Didcot station and then there are steps up to the entrance (both explained on the website). All the staff/volunteers were friendly and helpful. We chose a static day as it was quieter but we enjoyed the unique buildings, great locos and...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit, with home made cakes, on one of our Exhibition Only Days. Over the past couple of years our volunteers have invested a lot of time in repainting wagons and planting the pots outside...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A return visit after an absence of more than thirty years, brought joy and sadness. In the case of the former, to see our vintage steam stock, brought back many memories. Love the Castle and the Hall Class locos. In the case of the former,...More

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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 felt the Centre was not looking its best. We used to keep the whole of the grassed area closely mown but this year we have changed our policy to leave some areas uncut to encourage wildlife, so...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably one the best days out you can have if you are into trains and history. Great fun for young and old alike and even teenagers can enjoy it.More

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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 are passionate about what we do so it's lovely to be appreciated. We have something for girls and boy of all ages from our train themed Play Park to the Engine Shed and some of our restoration workshops. Older...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although this is a local venue for me, I don't often go. Went for the first time in must be 20years at the recent Bank Holiday. Fantastic time was had and the place is well laid out with plenty of Loco's and other exhibits to...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback It's lovely to have local visitors. Our visitor leaflet suggests 10 Things to do for families and adults and one of them is to climb the wooden steps up to the footplate of a steam engine in the Engine Shed....More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A celebration of all things GWR. A couple of different trains for you to ride on on operational days, when we went went it was one diesel and one steam. Good museum about the railway. Opportunity to go in a signal box. They also have...More

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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 are pleased you enjoyed your day at Didcot Railway Centre. Visitors can explore the Centre at leisure and see Brunel's Broad Gauge as well as our original 1930s Engine Shed and Coal Stage. We tell the story of the...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Not knowing what to expect really was of benefit. This attraction is must not only for train enthusiasts but all those interested yesteryear beautifully restored, with a large number of rolling stock and a variety of displays well worth an extended visit.More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit to Didcot Railway Centre. Our visitors can see 180 years of railway history from Brunel's Broad Gauge to the modern trains that run past the Centre. We are also one of the few places...More

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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

A great family day out for young (and old) people who like trains. The price tag at £15 each for adults feels expensive, but given the unlimited train rides and number of locomotives they have it is really good value, especially as it’s easy to...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed our Rails on the Western Front weekend. We are passionate about what we do so it's great to hear that our enthusiasm comes over. Thank you for your comments about signage. As this was a special...More

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Yes. We welcome dogs with well behaved owners. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
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