Didcot Railway Centre
Average time spent – 2-3 hours.
Things to do at Didcot Railway Centre review
The entrance to the Didcot Railway Centre in through an underpass from Didcot Parkway Station so you get to see present day trains before moving onto the historical exhibits.
The centre is not open every day so be sure to check that it is open on their website and be aware that on Discovery Days there are no trains running. Generally, trains run on Wednesdays and weekends as well as school holidays. They host many special events throughout the year including Thomas the Tank Engine.
On days when the trains are running, all trips along the branch line are included in the entrance price and you can go on as many times as you wish. For safety, buggies need to be put in the luggage compartment.
The centre is huge with plenty of space for children to run around but parents must remain vigilant as there are train tracks to cross.
Inside the engine shed are Great Western steam and diesel locomotives. We were lucky that King Edward II was steaming on our visit: magnificent in its British Railways blue. Other engines were dotted around the centre, for example on the turntable. There was a miniature City of Truro for a short ride which doesn’t look strong enough to pull adults but it is!
The Didcot Railway Centre is suitable for all ages. There is a playground with train themed apparatus and a shop filled with toys and models. For older visitors and train enthusiasts there are museum exhibits and historical features such as an air raid shelter. The train rides are relaxing and there is something very special about the atmosphere created by steam engines.
Eating – There is a refreshment room serving hot & cold drinks and snacks all day, and also lunches on every open day. You can picnic outdoors.
Facilities in brief – Steam train rides, special events including Thomas the tank engine. Engine shed, playground, museum exhibits. Toilets and a refreshment room.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. Due to the range of events and different running days the pricing varies greatly. A regular steam day costs just under £10 for an adult standard ticket and just over £7 for a child aged 3-15. Under 3’s are free.
Opening: Didcot Railway Centre has a varied timetable. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NJ, Oxfordshire, England. Phone: 01235 817200
Category – Train rides – Suitable for all ages
Written by Laura, writer at www.loopyloulaura.com
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