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STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Fire Fly Avenue (off Kemble Drive)



Located in the Rodbourne area of Swindon, STEAM is approximately 10-20 minutes' walk from Swindon Town Centre and 10-20 minutes' walk from Swindon Railway Station.

The Museum shares the historic Churchward site with McArthurGlen Swindon Designer Outlet, Heelis (National Trust HQ), English Heritage, Historic England and the National Monuments and Records Centre. 

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By Road

From the M4, take junction 16. For all directions, follow the brown tourist signs for 'Designer Outlet' or the 'M' for museum signs (towards the town centre and Rodbourne).

For car parking information, please see Car Parking.

Important: Special Events Car Parking

If you are visiting for a weekend special event at STEAM, please be aware, road traffic around Kemble Drive and the Swindon Designer Outlet car parks can get very busy.  

Alternative car parks are at nearby Bristol Street (SN1 5EQ) and the Brunel North (SN1 5AH) and West (SN1 5AN) multi-storey car parks. We advise you allow plenty of time for your journey. Thank you.

By Rail

London Paddington to Bristol line. Turn right outside the Railway Station and follow the pedestrian path until you come to the GWR tunnel (on the right) which is signposted to STEAM. Your route will pass English Heritage and Thomas Homes appartments, soon leading to STEAM Museum.  

For train times and to purchase tickets, please visit:  

By Bus from Swindon Town Centre 

Regular bus services provided by Swindon Bus Company and Stagecoach West run from Swindon Town Centre. There are many bus stops within a short walk of STEAM.

From Swindon Town Centre, bus numbers 1, 1A, 5, 10, 19, 22, 53, 54 and 55 stop close to STEAM - ask the bus driver for the Designer Outlet.

For details of buses, times and routes, please use the Swindon Travel Choices Journey Planner. 

By Taxi

Taxis are available from Swindon Railway and Bus Stations.  

Cycling to STEAM from Swindon Locations

There are cycle routes that will take you to STEAM. For details, please download the Swindon Cycle Map.