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Didcot Railway Centre warmly welcomes all visitors with physical, sensory and learning disabilities and our staff will do all they can to ensure that your visit is both comfortable and enjoyable. Visitors should however be aware of an unavoidable flight of 18 steps on the only access route to the centre.

See also: our Accessibility Guide.


Arriving by Car

If you are travelling by car and have limited mobility do not follow the brown signs to the main station car park! 

Parking for Blue Badge holders is available near the station entrance - use OX11 7NJ for Sat Navs. There is also a set down and pick up point in this area. Visitors with limited mobility and wheelchair users should consult our Accessibility Guide when planning a visit and call 01235 817200 for further information.


More useful information is available on our How To Find Us page.


Access to the Centre

From the station entrance, access is via the station subway and an unavoidable flight of 18 steps leading into the Railway Centre. This is the only access route.

Once inside the Centre there is level access to most areas.

We recognise that the steps leading to our current entrance limit access to the Centre. We ask visitors to contact us on 01235 817200 or by e-mail in advance of their visit to discuss access needs.  We have our own wheelchairs for visitors’ use if they can climb the stairs with our help.

We are currently considering options for improving access in the future. We have designed a ramp and are seeking grants to help with the large capital sum needed to undertake this major construction work.


Inside the Centre

Once inside Didcot Railway Centre, we have a network of concrete paths and access to most areas is on level ground. However, because the Centre is a working museum it is not always possible to make all parts as accessible as we would like and our aim is to provide as much access as possible within those constraints.

We can provide guided tours on most opening days and for booked parties of visitors. Tours must be booked in advance.

Whilst visitors with disabilities pay the normal admission charge, their necessary companion is admitted free. However, if the companion wishes to pay to defray our costs, this would be welcome.

We have an accessible toilet and we welcome assistance dogs.

We have also developed a talking newsletter, GWS Voice, for visually impaired members of the Great Western Society.

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