Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway STEAM tells the fascinating story of the world-famous Great Western Railway. A beautifully restored Grade II railway building, the Museum is just two minutes' walk from the Swindon Designer Outlet. Family trails, activities and events all year round!
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STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. The Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world.

Wiltshire Police Dogs carried out a live training excercise here at STEAM today. Great job PD Jim and team! Thank you fo...
09/01/2020

Wiltshire Police Dogs carried out a live training excercise here at STEAM today. Great job PD Jim and team! Thank you for all of the incredible work you do. 🐾 🐶

09/01/2020

**Reduced Admission at STEAM This Weekend - 11 & 12 January 2020**

Due to The Great Western Wedding Show at STEAM, Swindon taking place throughout the Museum, our admission charges for ‘'museum only' visitors have been significantly reduced to reflect the different visitor experience this weekend.

Admission Charges:
Adults £3.00
Seniors / Students: £2.00
Children*: (3 - 15yrs): £1.00
Under 3s*: FREE

Season Ticket Holders go FREE!

STEAM is pleased to announce that we have a new meeting room for hire. The Ticket Office can accommodate up to 6 delegat...
08/01/2020

STEAM is pleased to announce that we have a new meeting room for hire. The Ticket Office can accommodate up to 6 delegates and the modern space is a cost effective solution for meetings, interviews and 1 to 1 coaching sessions.

Contact the STEAM Events Team to find out more:

Tel: 01793 466613
E-mail: [email protected]

Come along to the The Great Western Wedding Show at STEAM, Swindon this weekend! Sat 11 January 2020: 10am - 5pmSun 12 J...
06/01/2020

Come along to the The Great Western Wedding Show at STEAM, Swindon this weekend!

Sat 11 January 2020: 10am - 5pm
Sun 12 January 2020: 11am - 4pm

Featuring all you need to plan your special day:

💍 70 fabulous exhibitors
💍 Bridal Catwalk Shows on the Main Stage
💍 The Style Hub where - discover inspirational on-trend finished ‘looks’ for your venue and bridal look
💍 Beautifully styled 'Inspiration Zones' throughout the Show
💍 Live music
💍 Exciting competitions and prizes
💍 Onsite café for you to recharge

Admission is FREE for Wedding Show visitors!

Plus, enjoy two complimentary Prosecco Bar vouchers, sponsored by Elsie Road!

Pre-register to skip the queues and get VIP goodies on arrival full of special offers, discounts and incentives: https://bit.ly/2WNQz9S

A gentle reminder that Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway will be closed between Monday, 6 January and Friday, ...
05/01/2020

A gentle reminder that Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway will be closed between Monday, 6 January and Friday, 10 January to allow essential maintenance to take place.

The Museum will re-open on the weekend of 11 & 12 January for The Great Western Wedding Show at STEAM, Swindon.

Photo courtesy of Jack Boskett.

Happy New Year's Eve from all of us at STEAM. Thank you all for your support in 2019 - here's to another great year! 🎉Th...
31/12/2019

Happy New Year's Eve from all of us at STEAM. Thank you all for your support in 2019 - here's to another great year! 🎉

The Museum is OPEN tomorrow, 1 January 2020 between 11:00am and 4:00pm.

Purchase admission tickets when you arrive, or online at: https://www.steam-museum.org.uk/

Photograph: GWR Buffet Car, about 1938. Available to purchase at https://www.steampicturegifts.com

We hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas. STEAM is open today from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Visit us to discover the in...
27/12/2019

We hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas. STEAM is open today from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Visit us to discover the incredible story of the Great Western Railway, get up close to iconic locomotives and visit our new special exhibitions. 🚂🎄

Tickets available online or on the door when you arrive.

Full details: www.steam-museum.org.uk

✨ Neon Dance will be performing Puzzle Creature in the atmospheric setting of Caerphilly Hall on Friday, 28th February. ...
20/12/2019

✨ Neon Dance will be performing Puzzle Creature in the atmospheric setting of Caerphilly Hall on Friday, 28th February. Immerse yourself in the magic of movement. Advance tickets are now on sale! ✨

Adult £14 | Child £12 | Senior £12 | Student £12

Groups of 15 people or more receive a 10% discount.

Online tickets: www.steam-museum.org.uk/events/event/35/puzzle_creature

Searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? There is still time to order a photographic print from STEAM Pi...
19/12/2019

Searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? There is still time to order a photographic print from STEAM Picture Gifts! Be sure to order before tomorrow (Friday, 20 December) for delivery in time for Christmas.

Plus, save 15% on purchases placed before 25th December 2019! Use code 'Christmas2019' at the checkout.

Visit www.steampicturegifts.com to browse our collection.

Photograph: Christmas post mail sacks on Platform 10, Paddington Station, December 1926.

Did you know? STEAM offers a great value Season Ticket, which pays for itself in just two visits. Also makes a great gif...
18/12/2019

Did you know? STEAM offers a great value Season Ticket, which pays for itself in just two visits. Also makes a great gift for family and friends. 🚂

Become a STEAM Season Ticket holder and enjoy:
- Unlimited visits* to the Museum for a whole 12 months!
- 10% off selected special events and STEAM Guide Book
- 5% discount in the STEAM Café

*excluding special weekend and evening events.

Simply pop in to pick up an application form, or call 01793 466626.

More details: www.steam-museum.org.uk/info/1/steam/10/plan_a_visit/8

On this day in 1846, locomotive trials began to decide which track gauge would be used as standard by Britain's railways...
16/12/2019

On this day in 1846, locomotive trials began to decide which track gauge would be used as standard by Britain's railways.

While the GWR used the broad gauge – the distance between the parallel rails - the rest of the country used narrow gauge. This resulted in chaos at some stations where the two gauges met. Passengers and goods had to be moved from trains of one gauge to the other to continue their journey.

The broad gauge performed the best in the trials but the decision was made to convert the Great Western Railway to narrow gauge to match the rest of the network. By 1892 Brunel’s Broad Gauge no longer existed.

Read more in this month's blog: https://bit.ly/2tjA7Dz

Image: a humorous sketch showing the difference between the two gauges.

*** Christmas and New Year Opening Times ***Will you be visiting us here at STEAM over the festive period? We are open e...
16/12/2019

*** Christmas and New Year Opening Times ***

Will you be visiting us here at STEAM over the festive period? We are open every day, apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Please see opening times below.🎄🚂

24 December - 26 December - Closed
27 December (10.00am - 5.00pm)
28 December (10.00am - 5.00pm)
29 December (11.00am - 4.00pm)
30 December (10.00am - 5.00pm)
31 December (10.00am - 5.00pm)

1 January 2020 (11.00 - 4.00pm)
2 January - 4 January 2020 (10.00am - 5.00pm)
5 January 2020 (11.00am - 4.00pm)

Please note: STEAM will be closed 6 - 10 January for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

For admission prices, and full details of what's on, please visit our website: https://www.steam-museum.org.uk/

STEAM's Great Western Hall just 24 hours apart - what a transformation! We are looking forward to hosting our 007 Christ...
13/12/2019

STEAM's Great Western Hall just 24 hours apart - what a transformation! We are looking forward to hosting our 007 Christmas party extravaganza this evening.

13/12/2019

Swindon South general election result, December 2019

Counting is underway for South Swindon! Have you spotted STEAM's Great Western Hall live on the news tonight?
13/12/2019

Counting is underway for South Swindon! Have you spotted STEAM's Great Western Hall live on the news tonight?

13/12/2019

North Swindon general election result, December 2019

12/12/2019

Great Western Hall is buzzing as counting gets underway for Swindon North!

12/12/2019

The ballot boxes are beginning to arrive here at STEAM!

12/12/2019

Around 170 counters have arrived at STEAM's Great Western Hall in readiness for Swindon's General Election count. First ballot boxes are set to arrive just after 10pm.

Preparations are underway for Swindon's General Election count here at STEAM! Declarations are expected between 1am and ...
12/12/2019

Preparations are underway for Swindon's General Election count here at STEAM! Declarations are expected between 1am and 3am.

Are you searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Surprise your friends and family with tickets for the Great Western Br...
10/12/2019

Are you searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Surprise your friends and family with tickets for the Great Western Brick Show 2020! The event features an incredible array of LEGO® displays and inventions. Advance tickets now on sale.

Details and online tickets: https://bit.ly/2P8exdX

Make their Christmas this year with a railway-inspired gift from STEAM. We have a wonderful range of gift ideas from our...
09/12/2019

Make their Christmas this year with a railway-inspired gift from STEAM. We have a wonderful range of gift ideas from our exclusive 2020 calendar 'On Western Lines', to GWR Top Trumps, DVDs, clothing & much more!

Visit us in-store or shop online at: https://bit.ly/36miRfp
Telephone orders are always welcome, please call 01793 466626.

This stunning photo is a publicity shot taken inside a GWR carriage in 1936. Can you spot the warm 1930s winter fashion?...
04/12/2019

This stunning photo is a publicity shot taken inside a GWR carriage in 1936. Can you spot the warm 1930s winter fashion?

STEAM holds thousands of images relating to the Great Western Railway and British Railways (Western Region). Why not create a bespoke photo gift online?

Products include cushions, jigaw puzzles, posters, mugs, prints and so much more.

Visit www.steampicturegifts.com to browse our collection.

Plus, save 15% on gifts purchased before 25th December 2019! Use code 'Christmas2019' at the checkout.

Calling all schools! Spaces are filling up quickly for our immersive wartime festival: 'We'll Meet Again' taking place i...
03/12/2019

Calling all schools! Spaces are filling up quickly for our immersive wartime festival: 'We'll Meet Again' taking place in Spring 2020 (Monday 2nd March - Friday 13th March).

Key Stage 2: Ideal for years 3 - 6
Five outstanding WW2 themed workshops.

Encourage your class to get involved with storytelling, role play and dressing up as they explore the sights and sounds of the Home Front. Share the anxiety and excitement as your class become evacuees on the wartime station platform.

Displays at STEAM are transformed to recreate the era of the Second World War and STEAM even has a reconstructed air raid shelter and an evacuation carriage.

As you can see, our learning team dress in 1940s style to add to the wartime atmosphere. They do look fabulous don't they?
Other WW2 and Victorian sessions for KS1 and KS2 are available all year in term-time.

Full details:https://bit.ly/2NdTANx

Enquire about your school visit today: call 01793 466640 or email [email protected]

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway's cover photo
02/12/2019

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway's cover photo

We wish it could be Christmas everyday! Thank you to all of our visitors, traders and STEAM volunteers who helped make o...
02/12/2019

We wish it could be Christmas everyday! Thank you to all of our visitors, traders and STEAM volunteers who helped make our Christmas at STEAM weekend a great success. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did! 🚂 🎄

It's set to be another wonderful day of festivities here at Christmas at STEAM.🎄🚂The Big Sing Sing will be on-stage in G...
01/12/2019

It's set to be another wonderful day of festivities here at Christmas at STEAM.🎄🚂

The Big Sing Sing will be on-stage in Great Western Hall from 11.15am, and we are delighted to also have Brunel Brass and Gary Emms performing in the afternoon.

There are a limited number of Santa's Story Time spaces still available to book - £7.50 per child.

Admission just £3 for adults, £2 for students / seniors, and £1 for children. Under 3s go FREE! Tickets are available on the door or online.

FREE car parking on Sundays at Bristol Street car park (SN1 5EQ) - around 10 minutes walk to STEAM.

For full details, please visit: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

We have had a great day spreading the festive cheer here at Christmas at STEAM today! If you missed the event today, why...
30/11/2019

We have had a great day spreading the festive cheer here at Christmas at STEAM today! If you missed the event today, why not join us for Day 2 of Christmas at STEAM tomorrow? 🚂🎄

Sunday 1 December, 10am – 5pm

Find the perfect gift for that special someone as you browse over 50 artisan stalls through the Museum.

Plus, enjoy amazing live music performances, delicious hot and cold snacks, and Santa's Storytime.

Adult £3 | Senior £2 | Student £2 | Child £1

Santa's Storytime: £7.50 per child. Includes wrapped gift.

FREE car parking on Sundays at Bristol Street car park (SN1 5EQ) - around 10 minutes walk to STEAM.

Details and Online Tickets: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

Wake up Santa! Our Storytime sessions are proving to be very popular this weekend at STEAM. Cost: £7.50 per child, in ad...
30/11/2019

Wake up Santa! Our Storytime sessions are proving to be very popular this weekend at STEAM. Cost: £7.50 per child, in addition to admission (£3 adult, £1 Child). Includes wrapped gift. 🎄🎅

Santa's Story-times for Saturday and Sunday:10.15am, 11.00am, 11.45am, 13.00pm, 13.45pm, 14.30pm, 15.15pm, 16.00pm.

Book your ticket online to guarantee your space: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

30/11/2019
You'll Never Walk Alone - Kentwood Show Choir

A stunning performance of You'll Never Walk Alone by
Kentwood Show Choir this afternoon at Christmas at STEAM. Such an incredible atmosphere in Great Western Hall. 🎶

Don't miss the superb live music programme taking place this weekend!

Saturday, 30 November
1.00pm - 2.00pm: Gilmore n Jaz
3.00pm - 4.00pm: The BellFlowers

Sunday, 1 December
11.15am - 11.45am: Big Sing Sing
12.00pm - 2.00pm: Brunel Brass

For further details and online tickets, please visit: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

Celebrate the start of the festive season with Christmas at STEAM today and tomorrow, from 10am – 5pm. Featuring an incr...
30/11/2019

Celebrate the start of the festive season with Christmas at STEAM today and tomorrow, from 10am – 5pm. Featuring an incredible range of artisan traders - perfect for finding those unique gifts. 🎄🚂

Admission: Adult £3 | Senior £2 | Student £2 | Child £1 | Under 3s go FREE!

Santa’s Storytime (13.00pm, 13.45pm, 14.30pm, 15.15pm, 16.00pm): £7.50 per child

Tickets available online, or on the door. Pre-booking recommended for Santa’s Storytime due to limited spaces.

For further details, please visit: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas wonderland.

Christmas at STEAM opens in just 45 minutes! There are a limited number of spaces remaining for this morning's Santa Sto...
30/11/2019

Christmas at STEAM opens in just 45 minutes! There are a limited number of spaces remaining for this morning's Santa Storytime sessions. £7.50 per child, in addition to admission (£3 adult, £1 Child). Includes wrapped gift. 🎅🎄

Book your ticket online to guarantee a space: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

We 'ho ho hope' to see you there!

29/11/2019

Santa has made an early appearance at STEAM! Don't forget to book a space on one of our Santa's Storytime sessions taking place this weekend. 🎅🎁

Sessions cost £7.50 per child, in addition to Christmas at STEAM admission (£3 adults, £2 seniors /students, £1 children). Includes wrapped gift.

Book your online tickets today: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

**Edit: thank you to all who contacted us! We are delighted to have Gilmore n Jaz performing here tomorrow! :) **Calling...
29/11/2019

**Edit: thank you to all who contacted us! We are delighted to have Gilmore n Jaz performing here tomorrow! :) **

Calling all local music groups and bands! A one-hour slot has has become available for tomorrow's Christmas at STEAM live musical programme. 🚂 🎼

If your group would be interested in performing festive music at our event, please contact STEAM's Events Team by 7.00pm today (Friday, 29 November) on 07766368331.

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One more sleep! Experience our amazing Christmas at STEAM event this weekend. Featuring live music and over 50 artisan m...
29/11/2019

One more sleep! Experience our amazing Christmas at STEAM event this weekend. Featuring live music and over 50 artisan market stalls, all set amidst STEAM's captivating museum exhibitions. 🚂🎄

Adult £3 | Senior £2 | Student £2 | Child £1

Bringing the little ones with you? Book a space on our Santa's Storytime sessions. Costs £7.50 per child (in addition to the above event admission) and includes a wrapped gift. 🎅

Christmas at STEAM admission includes both museum and event entry!

Book your online tickets today: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

Santa Claus is paying a special visit to Christmas at STEAM this weekend (Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December)!...
27/11/2019

Santa Claus is paying a special visit to Christmas at STEAM this weekend (Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December)! 🎅 🎁

Little ones will love to join in with our wonderfully festive story & sing-a-long. Costs £7.50 per child (in addition to Christmas at STEAM event admission) and includes a wrapped gift.

* Admission Prices*
Adult £3 | Senior £2 | Student £2 | Child £1 | Under 3s go FREE!

Includes entry to the Museum, with over 50 artisan market stalls, and an amazing live music programme.

Book Online: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

For November’s Object of the Month we take a look at one of the many publicity booklets produced by the GWR...Winter in ...
26/11/2019

For November’s Object of the Month we take a look at one of the many publicity booklets produced by the GWR...

Winter in the West was produced by the GWR in the 1930’s as part of the GWR’s Winter Resorts publicity campaign. The campaign encouraged travellers to enjoy the scenery and sub-tropical weather that the West had to offer out of season.

The booklet is full of poetic descriptions of holiday resorts in the West, promoting stunning landscapes, cosmopolitan towns and a restorative Mediterranean climate.

“None have disputed the magnificence of the coastal scenery of Devon, Cornwall or Wales. Its grandeur is enhanced in the winter…”

The striking art deco style cover has an oriental feel to it. It was designed by Leonard Cusden who produced artwork for a number of GWR booklets and posters during the 1930’s and 40’s.

Please note that STEAM will close early at 2.00pm (last admission is 1.00pm) on Friday, 29 November to allow for setting...
25/11/2019

Please note that STEAM will close early at 2.00pm (last admission is 1.00pm) on Friday, 29 November to allow for setting up of Christmas at STEAM.

We look forward to hosting an amazing array of artisan traders and festive performances on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December.

Adult £3 | Senior £2 | Student £2 | Child £1 | Under 3s go FREE!

Purchase your tickets online today: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

24/11/2019
STEAM 2020 Calendar - 'On Western Lines'

Take a look at STEAM's new calendar for 2020. Features twelve stunning images of locomotives in action. Photos are exclusive to STEAM courtesy of railway photographer, Richard Bell. 🚂 📆

Makes a great gift for the upcoming festive season.

Purchase yours online for just £7.50 (+ £1.95 P&P): https://bit.ly/2YHZWvj

Sound recorded by Daniel Simion

23/11/2019
Christmas at STEAM 2019

Christmas at STEAM returns next weekend on Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December! 🎄 🚂

Enjoy live music performances and browse over 50 artisan market stalls set amidst iconic GWR locomotives. Plus, little ones will love to join in with our wonderfully festive story and sing-a-long at one of our Santa's storytime sessions.*

Adult £3 | Senior / Student £2 | Child £1 | Under 3s go free

*Santa's Storytime costs £7.50 per child (includes wrapped gift)

Purchase your tickets online today: bit.ly/2Vv0Gj8

Address

Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2TA

Car parking available at the Designer Outlet Centre North Car Park

General information

2018 Admission Prices Adult (15+yrs) - £9.35 Child (3 - 15yrs) - £6.95 Senior (65+yrs) - £7.50 Student (proof of ID required) - £7.50 Under 3s go free! Family tickets and Season Tickets also available. Note: a STEAM Season Ticket pays for itself in just two visits and gives you unlimited visits for a whole year! See the STEAM website for details: goo.gl/mv4Znz Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. The Museum is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

01793 466646

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