STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway
Housed in a restored Grade II railway building, STEAM – the Museum of the Great Western Railway is a fun and educational outing for all the family to enjoy. Originally opened as a railway engineering complex in 1843, STEAM was one of the largest of its type in the world, at one point employing over 12,000 people and producing an average of 3 locomotives a week!
Nowadays visitors can climb aboard and appreciate the many classic locomotives on display, as well as enjoy the various interactive displays detailing the railway yard’s history. Only a 14 minute walk from Jurys Inn Swindon, STEAM is open every day from 10:00 – 17:00, with ticket prices depending on the size of your group.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is a culturally important centre of 20th Century art, having accumulated one of the most impressive collections in the UK. It features works by Lucien Freud, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, and many more. Established in 1944 by HJP Bomford, the Museum also houses extensive historical, archaeological, and geological displays including Roman and Egyptian artefacts.
Unless there is a specific event on, admission to the Gallery is free and it’s only a 7 minute drive from our Swindon hotel!