STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon

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Learn the story of how Isambard Kingdom Brunel engineered the railway system linking London to western England and Wales at STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway. The museum includes a diverse set of interactive exhibits, including story-telling displays, recorded personal experiences, archival films, and original Great Western Railway locomotives on display. Experience first-hand the railways of the past with a train simulator, a vintage signal box, and old-fashioned slot machines. Check in advance about special exhibitions showcasing items from the museum's collection. The Platinum One Cafe offers a selection of meals, snacks, and beverages. Our Swindon day trip tool makes visiting STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway and other Swindon attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Visited Steam expecting a good collection of steam locomotives, but it was much more. Hundreds of items from the railways back in the day, and lots of informative exhibits and sounds. There's a simula...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    We where in Swindon today with daughter and to of the grandchildren our daughter suggested we go to the steam the history of the GET it was very interesting with lots of information about everything t...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    We visited on a Saturday and it wasn't too busy. Plenty of parking and free with validation. Fantastic museum full telling the story of the railway. Lots of trains and exhibits. Very friendly helpful ...  more »
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  • Me and my 4 year old had a wonderful day at STEAM yesterday. With the help of the volunteers and with lots of room to run around, it was brilliant. We also had lunch at the cafe which was very good value for money. A great day out!
  • Interactive fun for all! Historical, interesting and displays are well presented. Lots of videos from the past which even children find fascinating. Very good value!
  • Nice cafe in the Steam museum. A selection of coffees and some snacks, cakes and sandwiches. Staff were friendly and helpful.
  • Really well laid out and displayed. Some really nice pieces of history here. Very informative.
  • Good service, reasonable prices.

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