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 - Thu 22 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

A wonderful centre for steam buffs, families and friends - This is a wonderful centre for steam buffs, families and friends to spend a good few hours together, wandering around this large site, with so much to see and do. There are many plaques explining the history of the various artefcts and buildings on display. Picnic tables are available for those who want to bring their own food; and alternatively, there is a sizeable and well-stocked cafe for snacks and beverages.
The number of working steam engines in the engine shed was amazing!

- johnhenden - June-23

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