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 - Mon 11 Dec 2023

Next Discovery Days - 30/31 December and Weekends in January

Next Event: Steam into Christmas - December 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 21-23

The Railway Centre is currently closed on Weekdays (Other than 21/22 December).  We are also closed on Sunday 24 December

What's Next

Discovery Days 2023

Discovery Days

30/31 December - With no trains running, explore our 21 acre living museum at leisure and get close to our exhibits

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Steam Days 2024

Steam Days 2024

2024 Steam Days. Unlimited steam train rides. Explore our 21 acre living museum and experience 200 years of railway heritage

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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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

Visitors’ Views

A Grand pre-Christmas Day Out! - We took our family of two couples, and 5 grandchildren (5 to 6/12 old) and us grandparents to the pre-Christmas Reindeer and Santa day on 23rd December. It exceeded our expectations throughout, and although we had been to the centre previously, there wasn't a moment of disappointment!

From the initial welcome, to the ease of boarding the train, collecting all the 'stamps' on the 'passport' for each child - accompanied by great presents (not trashy items as in crackers, but really appreciated children's gifts) - and the final meeting off Santa with an even more exciting present to collect from the carriage, it was all perfect! Despite it being a rainy day off and on, we enjoyed great hot chocolates and lunches in the canteen along with the brilliant silver band accompaniment.

This was a day out that will be remembered by our grandchildren for many years to come, and we want to thank all the volunteer staff who put it on, and say out was exceptional value for money after all!

- Tim - December 2022

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