There’s plenty to see undercover in the engine shed, historic carriage display, signalling centre and Science of Railways carriages plus hot drinks and refreshments in the cosy refreshment rooms.
Explore this 21-acre living museum and unearth almost two centuries of railway history. Trains will not be running, meaning there's the chance to get up close and see them at close quarters. 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. Don't miss the chance to descend into a shelter built to keep Didcot’s enginemen safe in WWII and experience an air raid.
Children can 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 – 4.00pm, last admission 3.30pm
The cheapest and most convenient way to buy tickets is online in advance as these are discounted by 10%.
Spring Exhibition Day Admission Prices including a Gift Aid donation are:
|Buy Online in advance||Pay on Arrival|
|Family (2 Ad & 2 Ch or 1 Ad & 3 Ch)||£17.10||£19.00|
Voluntarily Gift Aiding Your Donation allows us to reclaim tax to help look after the collection at Didcot Railway Centre.
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