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Discovery Day

Explore the Centre at your leisure - Mon, Tues, Thur & Fri from re-opening to September

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Coronavirus: In line with Government advice, the Centre is closed until further notice.

We have postponed or cancelled many of our 2020 Open Days.  Dates for the resumption of Discovery Days and the activities we can stage are all subject to confirmation.

We should like to thank visitors for their patience and understanding at this time.


Pick up our colourful Centre Guide, 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. 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.  Don't miss the informative talks from one of our experts in the museum or engine shed that bring the stories of particular exhibits and artefacts to life - please see notices on site for times and locations of the talks available on the day of your visit.

There's a special guide for children and they can also 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%.

Discovery Day Admission Prices including a Gift Aid donation are:

  Buy Online in advance Pay on Arrival
Adult  £6.30  £7.00
Senior Citizen  £5.85  £6.50
Child  £4.50  £5.00
Family (2 Ad & 2 Ch or 1 Ad & 3 Ch) £17.82 £19.80

Voluntarily Gift Aiding Your Donation allows us to reclaim tax to help look after the collection at Didcot Railway Centre.


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July 2020

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