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STEAM - Museum of the GWR

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Swindon, Wiltshire, England

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries
  • Railway and Transport Attractions icon Railway and Transport Attractions

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor

STEAM is a great day out for the whole family!

Follow the incredible story of the GWR through lots of imaginative displays and plenty of hands-on exhibits. Build a bridge and shunt wagons.

Have a go at putting a locomotive together. Take a ride on the train-driving simulator.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2EY, England


Click here to visit STEAM - Museum of the GWR's website
01793 466646

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January.


Adults: £8.50

Children 3 to 16 years: £6.30

Concessions: £6.80

Under 3s: Free

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Eating information

Platform One Cafe Amidst a warm and friendly setting, complete with railway themes, the café offers a selection of hot and cold meals and snacks from burgers, hot sandwiches, speciality pies, sausages and chips and salads, to pastries, ice creams and home-made cakes.


Full toilet facilities including baby change.

Gift shop

All sorts available! Thomas the Tank engine through to specialist books and model railway sets.

Baby food facilities

They can warm baby food brought on the visit.


Excellent museum

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by tmrbrts . 03.09.18

Recently visited with our 4 and 7 year old boys and had a great time. There are worksheets that the children can pick up at the front desk with questions and things to find relating to the exhibits, which kept both busy. The museum itself tells the story of the GWR works at Swindon, and includes full size stream engines alongside interactive exhibits and things for the children to do, such as building model bridges, pulling signal levers and pretending to drive a steam train. We finished our visit with lunch in the cafe, which was also very nice with a good selection of kids and adult meals. I liked the fact that lots of the staff seemed to be more mature ladies and gentlemen, who were unfailingly helpful and polite. Overall this place is definitely worth a visit if in the area; even if you have no particular interest in trains it's an interesting place. The only negative I can think of is finding the place! Following the steam museum signs on the road takes you to the outlet shopping car park, but from there we couldn't see any signs which showed you where to go once on foot. But we found it in the end and we're glad we did, as we had a lovely couple of hours exploring the museum.

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