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Autumn Open Days

Unlimited rides aboard an historic train & plenty to explore

Savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam and take unlimited rides in an historic train as well as exploring the spacious undercover areas of the Engine Shed, Carriage Display and Victorian Broad Gauge Exhibition.


Steam trains will be running on Saturdays throughout October plus Sunday 25 and Wednesday 28 as well as Sun 1 November, while a diesel-hauled train will be in action on Sundays 4, 11 and 18 October.

Hallowsteam! - special activities in addition to those detailed below will run on Wednesday 28 & Saturday 31 October plus Sunday 1 November.

Pick up a copy of our Site Guide, explore this 21-acre open-air museum and unearth almost two centuries of railway heritage. See preserved locomotives, restored carriages, vintage wagons, historic buildings and much more!

Visitors will also have the chance to get up close to the locomotives in the spacious Engine Shed which has remained largely-unchanged since it was built in 1932. See the magnificent preserved locomotives and follow the one-way system that allows you to climb onto the footplate! 

The large, well-ventilated carriage shed will also be open with coaches dating from Victorian times to the 1940s that evoke bygone eras. See the VIP Saloon reputed to have been used by General Eisenhower during the preparations for D-Day and later used in the GWR Royal Train!

A leisurely stroll will take you to a beautifully recreated 1930s branch line station and to a rare section of surviving track from Brunel's Broad Gauge railway, complete with replica Victorian locomotives.


To open safely, we have limited visitor numbers and tickets need to be booked in advance – please book a ticket for each adult and for children aged 3 and over. Sadly, we're not able to open everything at once. Some facilities aren't open, such as our Science of Railways Carriages, Air Raid Shelter and Signalling Centre.

The Refreshment Rooms will be operating a simple take-away service of hot and cold drinks and pre-packed snacks with plenty of picnic tables and benches around the Centre and limited seating inside.

Toilets will be available and we have increased the frequency of cleaning in these and other key areas.

The gift shop and Museum will be open, with controlled access to keep numbers to a safe level.

Select your date and arrival time.

You should arrive within your 30 minute time slot and will then be welcome to stay all day until we close at 4.00pm.

See our latest pre-arrival advice here.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS - RULE OF SIX. Government regulations mean we can only accept bookings for up to six people. We are legally required to share contact details with Public Health Track & Trace if requested.

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