Relive the final days of steam and the introduction of “modern” diesels, come dressed in the distinctive fashions of the era and dance to a live band playing new-fangled “pop” music - more details coming soon.
Don't miss the opportunity to get hands-on and control trains using the 1960s technology of the Swindon Panel. The equipment was once the heart of Swindon signalbox has been saved and restored so, guided by one of our experts, you can keep trains running safely and to time on a virtual Great Western mainline!
As well as the special activities, all the usual attractions will be open, meaning there's plenty to see and do as you explore this 21-acre living museum and unearth almost two centuries of railway history. The Centre is open every day in the summer holidays with Steam Days at weekends and Wednesdays and Discovery Days at other times. Stroll through the original 1932 engine shed and see magnificent preserved locomotives – you can even climb onto the footplates of some! See surviving track from Brunel’s broad gauge, discover painstakingly restored buildings, coaches and wagons and learn more about the development of railways and how they changed everyday lives.
There’s a chance to get hands-on in the Science of Railways carriages and the signalling centre where you can find out how trains have been controlled through the ages. Descend into a shelter built to keep Didcot’s enginemen safe in WWII and experience an air raid or immerse yourself in the varied collection of fascinating, smaller artefacts in the museum.
Children can let off steam in the outdoor play area, make tracks to the indoor toy train sets or dress up as a Station Master. You can relax over lunch or enjoy a snack in the refreshment rooms and don’t forget to pick up a souvenir in the gift shop. The modern trains running past the centre complete the picture and mean you can experience 180 years of railway progress in just one day!
More details our collections can be found in the Explore section, and in our Guidebook (available for purchase online with your tickets or at the entrance).
Open 10.30am – 5.00pm, last admission 3.30pm
The cheapest and most convenient way to buy tickets is online in advance as these are discounted by 10%.