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.

Threads: Forming the Fabric of Newton Abbot

  • 23 March — 28 October 2016 *on now

Threads: Forming the fabric of Newton Abbot. The new exhibition opens its doors to the public on the 23rd March 2016. The artefacts displayed draw together the threads of Newton Abbot's past. From Roman lamps to Madge Mellor tea pots, a Victorian outfit worn at Buckingham Palace, to Mr Vicary's mantle clock, each object has its own story to tell. The newly adapted area creates an uncluttered, bright space within the museum galleries. Other attractions include:- The working signal box in the GWR room, The replica of 18th century John Lethbridge's 'diving-engine' draws visits from sub-aqua groups from around the world. Tthe magnificent carvings within George Templer's overmantle/fireplace, dating from the 16th century. The WWI exhibition stories that illustrates the impact of the War on Newton Abbot. For a relatively small community museum there is a lot to see!

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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