Newton Abbot Town and Great Western Railway Museum

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The museum collections are focused on the Great Western Railway and the social history of the town.

The working signal box takes pride of place within the GWR Room, a hands-on connection with the great days of the Great Western Railway. An audio system enables you to hear ex-GWR men talking about their lives as railwaymen. Fry-ups and tales of snowstorms await you!

The Social History Gallery Exhibitions change every year. This year the gallery exhibition is focused on the 250th Anniversary of John Lethbridge.

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Opening hours

The museum is open from mid - Feb until the end of October each year.

Mon - Thurs 10:00-16:00
Fri 10:00-12:00
Sat (Easter – end of October) 14:00-16:00

Closed: Sun
Bank Holidays
Christmas week

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Medicine, Weapons and War, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

WWI War and Peace Exhibition

  • 10 March — 30 October 2015 *on now

In addition to the Museum's WWI Service & Sacrifice exhibition this year there is a GWR room display on War & Peace.

Contuining the museum's WWI theme from last year, a second pack of 20 local WWI stories has been produced for 2015. This now brings the total of intricately researched WWI stories to 40. Packs 1 & 2 retail at just £2.00! They are packed full of information illustrating the lives of men and women living through extraordinary times.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Newton Abbot Town and Great Western Railway Museum
2a St Pauls Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2HP




01626 201121


01626 201119

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