Tick-tock, Tick-tock, come and join our special 'Times They Are A Changin’ sessions on Thursday 2 June, find out how clock devices have changed throughout history and even get to make your own sundial to take home!
Take time to explore the glamour of the Great Western Railway as you experience the Royal Carriage, Buffet Car and of course the magnificent locomotives we have on display, including the legendary King George V, City of Truro and Caerphilly Castle.
There’s plenty of action and adventure to be had – you can be an engine driver and a signalman – as you travel through our interactive displays which include our unique 'working' Signal Box and steam train simulator.
You’ll also have the chance to Meet the Railway Workers at our fortnightly event where you get to climb aboard Caerphilly Castle, handle historic GWR artefacts and learn a whole bunch of fun facts!
A visit to STEAM's own Seaside Pier, with a selection of working vintage slot machines, completes your round trip.
Make your own adventure or follow one of our family trails available from the Ticket Desk. See below for more details of our trails and special activities.
All you need is your own imagination!
May Half-term Special Activities
Meet the Railway Workers
Saturday 28 May, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Take a step back in time and meet our friendly Meet the Railway Workers volunteer team, including people who have either worked on the locomotives or in Swindon Works themselves, or have plenty of knowledge to share with you. Our volunteers will welcome you aboard Caerphilly Castle, show you the controls and bring stories of the steam age to life - with GWR object handling now included in this fortnightly event. Free with standard STEAM admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.
Times They Are A Changin’ (all ages welcome)
Thursday 2nd June, Drop in: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Jump into our friendly learning zone as we track the changes in timekeeping through history with our fun clock experiments. You'll get to make a working paper model sundial to take home too! These fun activities are free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.
Track it Down Trail (Under 5 years)
Every day, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
This fun trail encourages children to get involved with STEAM’s interactive displays and hand-on exhibits.
Have fun on your adventure as you hunt for objects, shapes and colours!
Work it Out! Trail (5-9 years)
Every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Take up the challenge and work out the answers to some intriguing GWR questions as you follow this trail through the Museum.
These trails are free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.
Children's Play Areas
Every Day, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Children really get to use their imagination at STEAM with the Museum’s dedicated play areas which include play tables and interactive wooden toys, specially designed for little ones. Free with standard STEAM admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.
STEAM Admission Prices:
£8.50 adults; £6.30 children (3-15 years); students (with ID) £6.80 and seniors £6.80. Under threes go free.
We have excellent value family tickets, or to save even more money, why not take out a STEAM Season Ticket
which pays for itself in just two visits
Platform One Café
To keep energy levels up, make sure you visit STEAM’s Platform One Café, offering a whole range of freshly prepared hot and cold snacks and drinks, using only top quality ingredients. Once you've tried it, we're sure you'll be back again soon! Everyone’s welcome, including non-ticket holders, while STEAM ticket holders get a 5% discount on food and drink purchased.
Important Note for 4 and 5 June: Please be aware that due to the Swindon Film and Comic Con taking place throughout the Museum, STEAM is unable to offer standard STEAM admission on 4 and 5 June and access will not be available for STEAM Season Ticket holders on these days. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our visitors.