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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. Make STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway part of your personalized Swindon itinerary using our Swindon vacation builder.
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  • A fun couple of hours if you are interested in the heyday of the steam railways. The museum focusses on the manufacturing facility that produced trains, carriages and wagons for the Great Western Rail...  more »
  • This museum covers the history of the Great Western Railway. It takes you through the different parts of the works. There are plenty of activities for children of all ages  more »
  • My husband enjoys trains so he thoroughly enjoyed this museum. We went late in the afternoon and there was hardly anyone there. The exhibits are well done. The museum is a 5 minute walk from the Desig...  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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