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.

Choo Choo - off to Didcot Railway Centre we go Didcot Railway Centre

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.

Choo Choo - off to Didcot Railway Centre we go Didcot Railway Centre

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 🙂

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

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