South West

The South West region has a fascinating industrial, mining and railway heritage. From Cornish tin mines to steam railways and many types of museums all set against the stunning scenery of the West Country.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across the South West of England including Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

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Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum

Norden Station, Nr Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5DW.
Tel: 01929 481 461.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Dedicated to the history of Purbeck Ball Clay mining, the industrial heritage of Purbeck and the Purbeck narrow gauge railways.

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Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Quay Road, Charlestown , St. Austell , Cornwall, PL25 3NJ.
Tel: 01726 69897.

  • Part disabled access
  • The shipwreck and historical artefacts on display in the centre are the largest private collection of this type on public display in Europe. The many and…

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    REME Museum

    Prince Philip Barracks, Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 4XX.
    Tel: 01249 894 869.

    • Car Park
    • Refreshments
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Full disabled access

    The museum will offer visitors the chance to fully immerse themselves in the story of REME and the people who have served with the Corps – with interactive…

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    Cobbaton Combat Collection

    Cobbaton Combat Collection

    Chittlehampton, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9RZ.
    Tel: 01769 540 740.

    • Car Park
    • Refreshments
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Full disabled access

    Tin hats and song sheets to tanks and a Morrison Air Raid Shelter – the south west’s largest collection of WWII vehicles and artefacts. 60+ vehicles…

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    Devon Railway Centre

    The Station, Bickleigh, Nr Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RG.
    Tel: 01884 855 671.

    • Car Park
    • Refreshments
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Part disabled access

    Preserved GWR station, passenger carrying 2ft gauge and miniature railways, model railway exhibition, new model village museum.

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    Somerset Rural Life Museum

    Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB.
    Tel: 01823 278 805 .

    • Car Park
    • Refreshments
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Part disabled access

    The Museum will tell the rich story of Somerset’s rural and social history and provide a family-friendly destination which has learning, access and discovery…

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    Coleford Great Western Railway Museum

    The Old Railway Station, Railway Drive, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH.
    Tel: 01594 833 569.

    • Car Park
    • Refreshments
    • Souvenir Shop

    Railway museum, housed in the original GWR Goods Station of 1883. Full size locomotive and signal box, relics, 7.25in. gauge miniature railway and model…

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    Coldharbour Mill

    Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3EE.
    Tel: 01884 840 960.

    • Car Park
    • Refreshments
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Part disabled access

    Former textile mill opened as a working museum. Tour the working levels and view the 1910 Lancashire boiler, 1910 300hp Pollit & Wigzell steam engine,…

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    Moretonhampstead Motor Museum

    The Old Bus Depot, Court Street, Moretonhampsted, Devon, TQ13 8LH.
    Tel: 01647 440 636.

    • Car Park
    • Part disabled access

    A collection of over 100 vintage vehicles, from Victorian horse-drawn carts to cars, motorcycles and light commercial vehicles from pre-1920s to the 1990s.…

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    South Devon Railway

    The Station, Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ.
    Tel: 01364 644 370.

    • Car Park
    • Refreshments
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Full disabled access

    Standard gauge line from Buckfastleigh for seven miles to Totnes giving a one hour round trip. Much of the journey is beside the River Dart through an…

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    Dulverton Heritage Centre

    Fores Street, Dulverton, Devon, TA22 9EZ.
    Tel: 000.

    • Car Park
    • Refreshments
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Part disabled access

    Gives visitors a taste of old Dulverton, with a working model of Dulverton Railway Station.

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    ss Freshspring at Bideford in 2017.

    Steamship Freshspring

    The Quay, Bideford, Devon, .
    Tel: 01237 479 730.

    • Car Park
    • Part disabled access

    Built in 1946, SS Freshspring is on the National Register of Historic vessels. She was the last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers to be built, all of which…

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