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STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
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. Make STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway part of your personalized Swindon itinerary using our Swindon vacation builder.
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  • Great for kids really interesting, great for rainy days. Better when there is something else going on like logo day 
  • had a great time a must see for all the family the cafe was great and the staff were very helpful at the same time next door is a great mall 
  • This museum is about an hour train ride from London. It's about 20 minute walk from the train station. Great for train fanatics, watching my 18 year old son relive his childhood love of trains was ama...  read more »
  • Well laid out, takes you through process and history of locomotive manufacture in the Swindon works and the history of the GWR. Good well presented information and static displays, especially being able to walk under a steam train. Definitely worth a visit. Allow a couple of hours or more to see everything.
  • Brilliant museum. So much to see, well worth the money. Good for kids and adults alike.
  • Excellent story line and set scenes with their noises & voices. Particularly liked the employee being told off for his bad timekeeping! I would suggest adding an interactive display to "The Fasted Train Ever" and spot lighting the relevant parts as, even when walking under the train (that was a great idea) it would have been good to have an idea of the main parts and their function.
  • Brilliant museum with a fantastic range of displays and exhibits. Interesting for the old, not so old, and young ones.
  • The kids loved the interactive parts (train driving simulation, signals and other bits) I loved the roundabout cider in the giftshop and my wife didn't complain about any of it. So she must have had a good time too despite the trains. Will definitely go again
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