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Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Railway Centre Didcot PARKWAY Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NJ, England
+44 1235 817200
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Great railway museum

This is fascinating place to visit although it is hard to find. You have to go through Didcot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
david1ziva
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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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Steam Day

My friends and I visited here on the recent Steam Day, which was fantastic! It was great to go on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Claudia P
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Didcot Railway Centre is a living history museum of the Great Western Railway set in 22 acres alongside Didcot Parkway Station. From Brunel's Broad Gauge to the modern trains running past, Didcot Railway Centre's unique collection of buildings, locomotives, carriages, wagons and other artefacts shows how the Great Western Railway developed to be the premier railway company of the 1940s.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Didcot Railway Centre Didcot PARKWAY Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NJ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is fascinating place to visit although it is hard to find. You have to go through Didcot Parkway station. There are two steam trains running with unlimited access to both within your ticket price as well as lots of other things to see. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I visited here on the recent Steam Day, which was fantastic! It was great to go on the old carriages being pulled by the old locos. I think it is probably appreciated most by those already interested in railway history and trains,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not an entertaining destination for the uneducated followers of rail travel. My wife and I took our 4 year old grandson who enjoyed the train ride, play area and ice cream shop . The rest of the displays are very engaging but one...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed the train themed play park in our Picnic Area and the ice cream. The leaflet we give to visitors includes 10 things to do for families, including dressing up and making tickets in Welford Park Ticket...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'll start with the problem. It was not clear to us that the parking was the same lot that was used for the Didcot Railway Station or that entry to the Center was through the station. ( Better signage would resolve the issue) Once there...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. Sadly we don't have our own parking so visitors must use the pay & display car parks at Didcot Parkway Station, We try and make this clear on our website but the situation is complicated as different car parks may...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think to get the most out of Didcot GWS you need a serious interest in railways, though not necessarily the GWR. My visit was on a steam day, and it was a rainy morning. I went in at opening time I had the first...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're so pleased you had a great day with us. We are looking at finding ways of introducing guided tours on some days to enhance our visitors' experience. Didcot Railway Centre is 25 acres in size and about 3/4 mile...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The footplate experience was bought for my dad who has an interest in steam trains. The experience include a guided tour around the railway centre and a rail on the Foorplate. Although I am not an enthusiast the day was excellent, the guide Frank made...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed your VIP Day at Didcot. I have passed your thanks on to Frank, Ann and the footplate crews. Thank you for your comment about the parking. In the summer holidays it is often possible to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here on a sunny Monday in June. i suspect that on that day there were no more than 20 paying visitors. So the ambience was very different from what you would get on a busy weekend when engines are in steam. So I...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your chance to get up close and personal with our engines in peace and quiet. We're sorry about the coffee. Our machines are 'bean to cup' and usually serve good coffee so it sounds as though...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Well worth a visit to get up and close to railway history. Friendly and obliging staff keen to share their enthusiasm and love for GWR history. Unlike other heritage railways, all the attractions within one site so easy to see everything. Parking is a bit...More

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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit to Didcot Railway Centre. The parking is even more complicated than normal at the moment due to building works at Didcot Parkway Station but we hope these problems will ease when the new station...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2018

The railway collection is well worth a visit and others will have sung it's praises. We visited on a roasting hot day and almost fried before we even got to the collection. Whatever you do when you are getting close don't don't don't don't don't...More

2  Thank Derek B
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed your day once you got to us. Network Rail is building a new multistorey car park at Didcot Parkway Station and the building work has caused problems for our visitors. We try and make...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2018

This is a traditional museum suitable for those with a serious interest in railway history. It also caters for adults and children who enjoy the romance of steam. The main attraction is the collection of locomotives and rolling stock. There is also a museum, cafe...More

1  Thank Graham R
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Ann M, Commercial Manager at Didcot Railway Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed our slice of GWR heaven. Visitors can explore at leisure and see 180 years of railway history from Brunel's Broad Gauge to the modern trains (the new electric passenger trains as well as Class 66s)...More

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Sorry I wouldn't know. Maybe you could look at their web site, it should have all the details on there.
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Yes. We welcome dogs with well behaved owners. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
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