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Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot

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3.9/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
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  • A Day Out With Thomas at Didcot feels pretty disorganised. From arriving and parking across the footbridge, there's no warning to parents that it's going to be tough to get pushchairs up and down all ...  read more »
  • I love this place so much.....errrrr I mean the kids love this place . It's a great day out for the kids, but I highly recommend the Thomas the tank engine days and Christmas time events when Santa is...  read more »
  • We called in for a visit en route home to Lancashire from a weekend visiting friends. We were delighted by the go-anywhere access, and explored everything. There were smiling and enthusiastic staff ev...  read more »
  • I visited on a non steam day. Entrance to the site is through Didcot station and the entrance door is just near the stairs to platform 4 and 5. There are steps up from the station but the rest is flat and accessible for prams and buggies. The museum had many interesting exhibits, but there isn't any time line, or an explanation of how GWR came into being and how it developed, which would help casual visitors. Likewise the carriage sheds and loco sheds have minimal information on most exhibits although some locos do have a full written history. The café/restaurant is of a very good standard with a lot of tasty home made food available particularly on In Steam Days. Prices are fairly reasonable for what you get. On busy days table sharing is likely as there are 8 seats per table. The facilities were all clean and in good condition. There's also a couple of carriages that have been converted into an interactive suite for children, to do with science. Overall an enjoyable visit.
  • Don't expect a traditional museum. This is a working and preserved collection of trains and related buildings and equipment that allows you to really get in close and learn about railway history. The centre may seem small but it stretches back right along the siding. Subscribe to their newsletter for news on steam trips and the huge successful Thomas days.
  • It's not quite my idea of trains - as these days I now prefer modern modern trains over heritage. To be fair though, it's an interesting place for those who like steam trains and worth a visit. Access isn't immediately obvious as it's via Didcot Parkway train station - you'll need to explain to station staff that you're visiting the museum, and ask them to open the ticket barrier to get to the museum (when you're through go straight ahead down the tunnel to the end). At the end of the tunnel, there is a flight of stairs you'll need to climb, so be mindful if you have a wheelchair or pushchair.
  • Great for a lovely day out! Nice food in the café, and good exhibitions and steam train rides.
  • Lots of things to see and do, volunteers happy to stop and talk. Nice cafe serving home made food.
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