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STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway

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Address: Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY, England
Phone Number:
+44 1793 466646
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A "must visit" when in town.

Even if you are not particularly interested in railways there is something for all in this well-presented museum. Swindon was once the largest railway works in the world. Don't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even if you are not particularly interested in railways there is something for all in this well-presented museum. Swindon was once the largest railway works in the world. Don't miss it if ever you come to this town. Also, it is adjacent to the shopping village.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We now live close to the museum and visited one Saturday morning with friends. Parking is plentiful and free as you can reclaim it at the outlet centre next door. I was a reluctant visitor but it was one of the best museums I have been to for social history. Lots of photos around the exhibits and very well laid... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A wonderful, interactive museum! Packed full of information and articles from the age of steam. Will keep young and old entertained for ages!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have visited many times and always more item's to see and examine good value. An ideal item for young or not so young persons who like history. If the females complain send them to the outlet village shopping.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been to Steam at least 5 times over the years. Its the 2nd time visiting at Christmas. This year I went along with... - my brother, sis-in-law & their 2 youngest children 3yrs & 1yr - my mum, 70yrs & step dad - my partner - 4 of our children 23, 14, 12 & 7 We used a well known... More 

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a couple of magnificent steam trains in this museum, beautiful, polished, very nostalgic and splendid - but after seeing them there really isn't much else to do. Fine for a first visit but unlikely you will return there quickly.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visited Steam on many occasions and always enjoyed the displays and the explanations about the work taking place. Fabulous

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Uffington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wide ranging, well set out and above all interesting! Excellent for adults and children alike. Good parking and a very good shop for souvenirs. I particularly enjoyed the engines and the history of Swindon for building engines. I recommend this museum to all. The "Dad's. will enjoy it just as much if not more than the children.

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Calne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited the Steam Museum a lot, it never fails to please. There are many railway exhibits, mainly focused, but not exclusively, on the GWR railway. Swindon was the headquarters of the Great Western Railway & most of its engineering & the production of its engines, rolling stock etc, was here, if fact the railway was run from here.... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have recently moved into area, so though we would look into some history. This museum is informative, educational and interactive. Really enjoyed our time in the museum.

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