Living Museum of the Great Western Railway

Welcome to Didcot Railway Centre

Explore the unique collection of Great Western Railway steam locomotives, carriages, wagons, buildings and small artefacts at our 21 acre living museum set around the original 1932 Engine Shed

What's Happening Soon...

For a full schedule of events see our calendar page:

Full Calendar

We are open only on days indicated by coloured blocks and closed on days shown as grey or blank.

Latest Information - Wed 28 Feb 2024

Buy a Gift and Virgin Experience Vouchers

Buy a Gift and Virgin Experience Vouchers can be used on yellow or purple days on our calendar. To visit using your voucher please email us with the voucher code, the date you'd like to visit and a contact number and we will send you an email confirmation.

Swindon Panel

Swindon Panel will be open on the following dates:-

March 2, 9/10, 16/17, 30

Next Open Days

Next Discovery Days - February 24/25,  March 9/10, 16/17, 23/34

Next Limited Run Days - February 21, 28,  March 6, 13, 20, 27 

Next Steam Days - March 2/3, 29/30/31 

Special Events coming up:

Pendennis Castle's 100th birthday celebrations - 2/3 March

1940's Weekend - 4, 5, 6 May

Paddington - 25 May and 26 August

The Railway Centre is currently closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

What's Next

Steam Days

Steam Days

Unlimited steam train rides. Explore our 21 acre living museum and experience 200 years of railway heritage

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Limited Run Days

Limited Run Days

Steam or diesel train rides available for part of the day. Our 21 acre living museum available to explore all day!

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The return of 1466

The return of 1466

10/11/12 May - 60 Years and the realisation of a Dream - 1466 delivered 60 years ago, 55 years since our first public open day

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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Getting here, loco roster, 10 things not to miss and accessibility information.

Visitors’ Views



Fabulous for All Ages - It’s a railway preservation centre more than a museum, a real hands on experience with live steam, rides, climb aboard and so much to see, to do and to photograph. Add great cafe, shops, picnic areas with playgrounds and so many exhibits this is both a rail enthusiasts’ and a childrens’ dream, great for all ages. You’ll want to spend most of the day here. Fantastic… oh, and staffed by a team of exceptionally interested and knowledgeable volunteers. The best thing to do in Oxford for sure

- Jeremy J - Abergavenny - August 2023


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