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 29 May 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:-

June 15, 22

29th May - National Biscuit Day!

Come along and celebrate National Biscuit Day at Didcot Railway Centre on Wednesday 29th May!

We are joining with the Reading Museum to put on a small display celebrating the famous Biscuit Manufacture of Huntley and Palmers Biscuits, founded in Reading in 1822. Reading Museum have the largest collection of original H & P tins and archives on display and the museum will bringing along a small selection on the day.

We will also be running a steam locomotive with a reproduction Headboard for ‘Excursions to Huntley and Palmers’, based on one from 1933.

Next Open Days

Next Limited Run Days - June, 5, 12, 19, 26

Next Steam Days - May 26, 29 (+Special events) - We're steaming every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in May (apart from 18/19 which is a diesel weekend!)

Special Events coming up:

Bluey and Bingo - May 27

Father's Day - June 16

Paddington - August 26

The Railway Centre is currently closed on Mondays (Except Bank Holidays), Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

Last Admission: 2.30pm on all open days

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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Father's Day Special 2024

Father's Day

16 June - Why not treat Dad this Father's Day - maybe book our Father's Day Special Offer for that little extra?

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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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