Didcot Railway Centre, situated in over 20 acres beside Didcot Parkway Station, is the living museum of the Great Western Railway. The Centre has developed around the original 1930s Engine Shed complex and houses a collection of locomotives, carriages, wagons, buildings and memorabilia.
Visitors should be aware of an unavoidable flight of 18 steps on the only access route to the Centre.
The Centre is 3/4 mile long and you should allow at least two hours to explore. Didcot Railway Centre is a working museum so it is not always possible to make all parts and vehicles as accessible as we would like and our aim is to provide as much access as possible within those constraints.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Engine ShedTransfer ShedThe Signalling CentreGWT MuseumTicket OfficeAccessible ToiletRefreshment RoomShopPicnic Area
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Carriage Display
Travel by public transport
The entrance to Didcot Railway Centre is through the ticket hall and subway of Didcot Parkway railway station.
Once in Didcot Parkway Station there are ticket barriers at the entrance to the platforms. If the gates are closed there are always staff on duty who will, when asked, let visitors to and from the Railway Centre through the gates. When the gates are open visitors should walk through. When you pay your admission fee to Didcot Railway Centre, adults in the party will be given a coloured wristband which you will need to show to the station staff so they can open the barriers when you leave (on busy days we have our own staff on duty at the station so do not give out wristbands on those days). Visitors arriving by train can walk straight to the Railway Centre without going through the ticket barriers.
Travel by taxi
The best place to park depends on the day of your visit. At weekends there is a pay & display car park opposite Didcot Parkway Station from which there is level access to the station. On weekdays visitors must use the main station car park (Didcot Foxhall) - see above. Full details are on our website.
Please note that the road signs direct you to the main multi story station car park, known as Didcot Foxhall. There is a step free route from the second floor of this car park to Didcot Parkway Station.
The main Didcot Parkway Station Car Park (Foxhall) has a ramp to Didcot Parkway Station. The entrance to Didcot Railway Centre is through the ticket hall and subway of the station. From the subway there is an unavoidable flight of 18 steps to Didcot Railway Centre's entrance.
There are 16 spaces for Blue Badge holders to the west of Didcot Parkway Station. Blue Badge holders must display their Blue Badge and a ticket obtainable from the Car Park pay machine (Blue Badge parking is free of charge but a ticket recording the vehicle registration and time are required).
Path to main entrance
A battery powered stairclimber can be booked for wheelchair users who use standard wheelchairs or those who can transfer to our wheelchair. Please contact our Office on 01235 817200 to check availability.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Ticket/ information desk
Things to See and Do
Didcot Railway Centre is an outdoor attraction and there are level paths to the major buildings - Engine Shed, Museum & Archive, Transfer Shed, The Signalling Centre, Science Learning & Railways Exhibition, Steam Rail Motor Shed, Refreshment Room, Shop and the stations. Most paths are concrete and some are compacted ash.
Access to the Carriage Shed is through a small door with a step.
The Signalling Centre
Spectator/ Audience viewing areas
Visitors can watch the trains from the Picnic Area
Place to eat and drink
The Picnic Area is situated inside the museum.
Some tables have space for wheelchair users. You can bring your own food to the Picnic Area.
There is also a children's Play Park in the Picnic Area.
Getting around outside
There is level access to the Picnic Area once inside the Centre
Customer care support
Emergency evacuation procedures
Didcot Railway Centre is an outdoor site and there are two emergency evacuation areas within the Centre that are accessible to all users.
Customer care support
We can provide guidesd tours to groups if booked in advance.