Didcot Railway Centre

South Oxfordshire


Great Western Society, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ

Tel: +44 01235 817200

Didcot Railway Centre


Full Steam Ahead as Trains Get Green Light at Railway Centre

​​Didcot Railway Centre has announced the resumption of its popular steam train rides.  Visitors will be able to take a trip behind one of the Great Western Railway’s steam express engines on the Centre’s demonstration line at weekends and Wednesdays. In July, locomotive 2999 “Lady of Legend” is set to be in action with the Edwardian engine hauling wonderfully restored carriages from the early 20th Century, allowing each group of visitors to be accommodated in their own individual compartment.

The return of working steam trains to the Centre’s activities, comes after a series of successful open days at the 21-acre living museum since re-opening on 4 July.  “Visitor feedback about the measures we have implemented to welcome our audiences back safely has been very positive,” said Chief Executive, Emma Jhita, “We have limited numbers, staggered arrival times and set up extra outdoor displays and photo opportunities,” she added.

Summer Steam Days will run on weekends and Wednesdays in July and August and as well as the unlimited train rides, visitors can explore the extensive outside spaces at the living museum with goods trains, a locomotive on the turntable and engines outside the shed amongst the displays.

Inside the Centre’s iconic Engine Shed, a one-way system allows visitors to climb onto the footplate of Hall Class engine No. 5900 “Hinderton Hall”, while the route through the spacious carriage display takes visitors past a travelling post office coach, a Royal saloon and carriage that has been restored after spending many years as a riverside summerhouse!

Rare surviving track from Brunel’s broad gauge railway and replica Victorian locomotives and carriages are also on display while children can let of steam in the train themed play area while the watch the real thing steam past!

Further details can be found, and tickets booked, at www.DidcotRailwayCente.org.uk.


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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - There is an unavoidable flight of 18 steps to the entrance and once inside most areas are accessible to visitors with disabilities.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Cafeteria serving lunches and hot and cold snacks
  • Picnic Site

COVID-19 Response

  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 2 hours to all day
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 9999
  • Min group size - 15
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions


  • Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction


  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award 2020
  • Tourism South East Award -The Beautiful South - Awards for Excellence 2020-2021 Finalist The Beautiful South - Awards for Excellence 2020-2021 Finalist 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards - Award For Excellence - Unsung Hero Beautiful South Awards - Award For Excellence - Unsung Hero 2021
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member - Silver Tourism South East Member - Silver 2022

Opening Times

2022 (18 July 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday10:30 - 16:00
Thursday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:30 - 16:00

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