Newton Abbot Town and Great Western Railway Museum

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




01626 201121


01626 201119

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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.

Service and Sacrifice

  • Until 31 October 2014 *on now
  • From 2 April 2014

Service & Sacrifice' WWI exhibition now open, To mark the centenary of the WWI Newton Abbot Museum's new displays concentrate on the local stories of the men and women whoes lives were changed through the Great War. Many of the stories have come from the decsendants of men who lost their lives in the conflict, but we have also found local stories of many survivors. Those who won Military Medals, and those who returned without limbs who had to find work. Stories of Nurses and Sisters at the VAD hospital in Newton Abbot. Of Canadian lumberjacks who came to fell trees to line the trenches, to the stories of local children who 'did their bit' by bringing potatoes to school to help feed the wounded soldiers recovering in hospital. Fascinating WWI objects have come to light-all with their background stories. The museum is keen to hear your stories whether local or not, they all need to be told. Ring us on 01626-201121.