STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Fire Fly Avenue
Off Kemble Drive


01793 466637 / 466626/466646

Add STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway to your Itinerary

STEAM-Station Platform

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult 16+ years£10.80 per ticket
Children 3-15yrs£8.00 per ticket
Children under 3yrsFree
Concession: Senior Citizen£8.70 per ticket
Concession: Student£8.70 per ticket
Family: 1 adult + 2 children£24.40 per ticket
Family: 1 adult, 3 children£31.90 per ticket
Family: 2 adults + 1 child£26.80 per ticket
Family: 2 adults + 2 children£34.40 per ticket
Family: 2 adults + 3 children£40.40 per ticket

Free admission to carer or helpers assisting a disabled visitor

You can buy a standard admission ticket for one day or why not pay a little extra to receive a great value STEAM season ticket giving you unlimited entry to the Museum for a whole 12 months! (excluding special event days)

Opening Times

2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* STEAM Museum is open every day of the year (except 24 - 26 December):

Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm)
Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.00pm)

Please remember to book your tickets online in advance through the STEAM website.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change



  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Automatic entrance doors. Low-level counters at the Ticket Desk, Shop and Cafe. Personal guiding scheme for unaccompanied disabled visitors (booking required). Free loan of wheelchair or motorised scooter.
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop system at the Ticket Desk. Subtitled video
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print info panels, displays to touch, experience sounds,smells. Easy to read signage.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Guide, hearing and companion dogs welcome (dog bowls available)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Free parking for disabled visitors is available within 25 metres of STEAM. Disabled visitors can be dropped off outside the museum entrance. There is level access to STEAM from all car parking areas. Please phone for details.
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Fully accessible toilets, fitted with call point

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Open All Year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 02:30
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 200
  • Min group size - 15
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking (charge) - No charge (show STEAM ticket)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - .

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car:

Follow the brown tourist signs for the Outlet Centre, Great Western Heritage Area, or the ‘M’ for STEAM Museum sign.

STEAM can be found to the left of the Food Court entrance of the Outlet Centre.

STEAM can also be reached through the ‘at home’ section of the Outlet Centre.

Retain your admission ticket and claim free parking at the Outlet Centre car park.

Details are available when visitors buy their admission tickets at STEAM.

Public Transport Directions

By Train:

Walking from Swindon railway station – turn right outside the station and walk along Station Road towards Emlyn Square, staying on the right-hand side of the road.

Walk through the second underpass on the right (GWR tunnel) and up the ramp at the end.

Then follow the signposts to STEAM.

This is a 10 to 15 minute walk.


  • STEAM - Reopening.



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • Linders83
    Salford, United Kingdom
    Excellent - tells a great story as well as just the exhibits
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 7th December 2021
    I was really impressed. The museum is set out beautifully and tells the story not just of the GWR but also about the growth of Swindon as a railway town. There isn't the sheer volume of exhibits that... Read full review
  • O7371WBpetes
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Informative visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th December 2021
    What a gem of a place , full of information and interesting items / facts definitely worth a visit. Timed visits for entry but once in there’s no rush to get out Read full review
  • ShaunH290
    London, United Kingdom
    This is what Vertical Integration means!
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 29th December 2021
    The STEAM museum occupies only part of the original Great Western Railways's Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Works - more commonly known as Swindon Works. Swindon existed before the railways but GWR... Read full review


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