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STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon

(4.7/5 based on 1,000+ 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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  • I was not aware of this museum and it came as a very pleasant surprise. It covers quite a large area and includes steam trains and carriages that you are able to climb on and walk under. It is laid ou...  more »
  • Really interesting and well worth a visit. There was a very well done, chronological walk round the first part of the museum and this led to the beautifully restored steam trains and interactive displ...  more »
  • Having been to the old museum in the 1960's and then in the 1980's, I was a bit excited to go back, but slightly disappointed... lots of exhibits but not much interactivity - although the works didn't...  more »
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  • coming here was a good idea. Seeing all those trains was great. And see how changing trains from the past until today. Here must come to everyone.
  • Loved it. Perfect place out to learn the history of the great Western railway. I particularly enjoyed the large black and white photography installations. Great for adults and children alike
  • Really interesting and well laid out museum. Lots of hands on exhibits and great for evoking the heyday of the railway building era in Swindon.
  • Amazed by how up close and personal you can get with all the exhibits. So many world class steam engines here. So happy to have visited.
  • 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.