STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

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Awarded a Special Commendation for European Museum of the Year 2002, STEAM tells the remarkable story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on 'God's Wonderful Railway'. Hands on displays, world-famous locomotives, archive film footage and the testimonies of ex-railway workers bring the story to life. A reconstructed station platform, posters and holiday memorabilia recreate the glamour and excitement of the golden age of steam. Located next door to the Swindon Designer Outlet, STEAM offers a great day out for all. With excellent value group packages, special events and exhibitions, shop and refreshments.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum

Opening hours

Open Daily, 1000 - 1700

Closed: 25 and 26 December, and 1 January

Admission charges

Adults £8.00, Children and Students £6.00, Seniors £6.50, Family (2 adult & 1 child) £20.00, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £25.00, Family (2 adults & 3 children) £30.00

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Land Transport, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Transport
  • Railways
  • Social History
  • Industry
  • Steam locomotives
  • Trains
  • Locomotives
  • GWR Great Western Railway
  • I K Brunel
  • Isambard Kimgdom Brunel
  • Caerphilly Castle
  • King George V
  • GWR Royal Carriage
  • 1930s Station Platform
  • Education
  • School Visits
  • Queen Victoria Royal Carriage
  • Swindon
  • Swindon Railway Works
  • Steam engines
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Smiley Cats Kidz Club

This popular OFSTED registered club is for children aged 5+ years. Smiley Cats offers parents the chance to leave their children at STEAM for creative mornings of arts, crafts and games. Each holiday week or half-term has its own theme and activities include a supervised tour around the Museum. All materials and healthy mid-morning snacks are included in the price of £12.00 per session, or £9.50 with a Swindoncard. All Smiley Cats staff are CRB checked and NVQ qualified.

How to obtain

Bookings must be made in advance. Forward all bookings and enquiries to STEAM on 01793 466637 or 466619, or email

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway
Fire Fly Avenue




01793 466637


01793 466615

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