Choo Choo – off to Didcot Railway Centre we go

It’s Bank Holiday Monday and the sun is shining!  We love Steam Trains in this house as we discussed in a previous post.  So today we decided to visit Didcot Railway Centre, being a Bank Holiday weekend it was going to be a Gala Weekend with lots of running steam trains 🙂

There is a large pay and display car park near the centre that you get directed to – £6.20 was a bit of a sting though!  There is then a large up and over railway bridge to negotiate (if you were bringing a buggy/pram, you would definately need 2 of you to get it up and over).  You actually enter the centre through Didcot Parkway Railway Station subway.  There was a car park on the other side of the road, so that might be a better option for families with small children.

We paid £12.00 each per adult and £10.00 for Monkey.  The charges do vary depending on what kind of weekend it is.  As I mentioned, this weekend was a full steam gala, so I believe it was at the top end on pricing.  I did notice they do family discounts for 2 adults and 2 kids – I hate that!  Can we not classify as a family when there are and only ever will be 3 of us?  Anyway, a little detail.

We did have a wonderful day, there were a number of steam trains running, so we made the most of the trips from one end of the centre to the other.  There was a little miniature railway that you could ride on (a short up and down track) but Monkey and Daddy P loved it.  There were lots of static displays, a large engine shed with lots of loco’s to visit.  We had a trip on a Steam Railmotor 93 that was used to take passengers to the London Olympics in 1908.

As the Centre is right next to the mainline railway, you get an added bonus.  We saw lots of high-speed, normal trains and freight trains for no extra charge!

There is a lovely picnic area near a turntable and static displays.  We were busy munching on our lunch when one of the steam trains went right by us – it was wonderful.

There is a cafe area, should you want food, we just bought a couple of drinks for a pit stop in the afternoon.  We did walk around the GWT Museum, there were some really interesting exhibits and plenty to keep even Monkey entertained.

All in all, we had a lovely day out in the sun watching the trains go by 🙂

Advertisements

About over40andamumtoone

I'm over 40 with a 4 year old little boy.Join us as we enjoy life and have lots of fun!
This entry was posted in Family life, Out and About and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Choo Choo – off to Didcot Railway Centre we go

  1. So great to head outside when winter is finally over!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s