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“A worthy enterprise and a bit of old England”

Swindon & Cricklade Railway
Ranked #9 of 50 things to do in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
398 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 406 helpful votes
“A worthy enterprise and a bit of old England”
Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

I take my hat off to the volunteers who give up so much of their time to keep restored railways like this going. It may not at present have a long- distance track or first-class facilities but it is real, and a brilliant reminder of days gone by.

The staff were all very friendly and, in many cases, immaculately uniformed.

Our only slight disappointments were that both the museum and the loco shed were closed on our visit, without even any signs up to that effect. The museum only seemed to be having a bit of a re-arrangement - couldn't it have been kept open bearing in mind we and presumably others had come a long way for a one-off visit? Also some of the refreshment prices seemed a bit steep (e.g. £2 for a small bottle of J2O). But I suppose that should just be looked on as an additional donation to the cost of restoration work and ongoing upkeep.

But overall, a very enjoyable couple of hours - and wouldn't it be great to see the railway restored all the way to Cricklade and to Swindon? There's an absolutely huge housing development nearby that would surely make if viable, and ease commuter traffic on the roads.

Visited April 2014
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Bit early maybe”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

We managed to pick a diesel day, I was more than happy Mrs P was a tad disappointed. The museum was closed and they were only serving hot drinks and crisps. The engine shed was great and we found a large loco in the car park undergoing a refurb.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Nick P
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“father christmas”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

we took grandchildren to see father Christmas with train ride very well organised with characters dressed as bears etc. bit of long wait to get to Santa but i suppose that would be normal most places.

Visited December 2013
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swindon
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168 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“railway memories”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

There are not many old railway tracks around Swindon this is the best. There are quite a lot of different special train rides throughout the year.

Visited January 2014
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Father Christmas”
Reviewed 29 January 2014

First time for the LO to see Santa! Were really helpful as I was in my wheel chair! Helped us on and off the train and looked after us very well. Our Son loved being on the train!

A wonderful day despite the horrid rain!!

Visited December 2013
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Thank Lisa L
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