Didcot Railway Centre

In a nutshell

Steam days with train rides, unique collection of engines, buildings and other artefacts, interactive exhibition and events with Thomas in Oxfordshire.


Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ

Contact details

Tel: 01235 817200

Activity type

Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Science and Technology, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

All ages, Schools and Groups

Price guide


(based on family of 4; ticket prices vary)

Didcot Railway Centre details...

Take a trip back in time on a family day out in Oxfordshire at Didcot Railway Centre. The centre recreates the golden age of the Great Western Railway with wonderfully restored steam locomotives and features the original 1932-built GWR four-road shed in full working condition.

Visitors can also view other original GWR buildings and structures, including the coaling stage with 75,000-gallon water tank atop (both working). There is a country station, signal box, transfer shed, 20 former GWR steam locomotives, including a working (on special occasions) replica broad-gauge (7 ft) locomotive, dating from 1840.

In the interactive Science, Learning and Railways Exhibition, families can learn about machines that changed the world. The centre has been used as a location in a number of films and television productions including the 2012 film of Anna Karenina when the Engine Shed featured as Moscow Station.

Regular steam days run during the year. There is a working turntable with demonstrations on steam days, GWR small relics museum, cafe, shop and picnic area.

Look out for Day Out With Thomas™ events offering families the chance to meet Thomas and friends Duck, Diesel and The Fat Controller plus rides all day and kids entertainment such as Professor Crump, balloon modelling and story readings. In December, Thomas takes his young friends to visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Other special events include Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Family Fun Day.

Younger visitors are encouraged to explore with the help of a quiz; just pick one up at the entrance and look out for Great Western engine driver Archie around the site. Quizzes can also be downloaded via the website before your visit.

Please see Didcot Railway Centre’s website to find out more before travelling.

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