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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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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The replica LSWR signal box

Bideford Railway Heritage Centre

East the Water, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4BB.
Tel: 00.

  • Part disabled access
  • Restored railway station, replica LSWR signal box, preserved diesel shunter, brake van and PMV. 217m of running line.

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    Royal Signals Museum

    Blandford Camp, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8RH.
    Tel: 01258 482 248.

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

    The history of military communications since 1850, including signalling equipment, uniforms, medals, a cable wagon, an 8th Army ACV Military motorcycle…

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    Robey Trust (The)

    The New Perseverance Iron Works, Parade Business Park, Pixon Lane, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 9RQ.
    Tel: 01822 615 960 .

    • Car Park
    • Full disabled access

    A growing collection of the products of Robey of Lincoln. Traction and stationary engines, steam rollers, boilers, plant and equipment.

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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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    Tank Museum

    Bovington Camp, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6JG.
    Tel: 01929 405 096 .

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

    Exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from WWI to the present day. As you explore the museum's six large halls, you will come face to face with…

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    Thomas Newcomen Engine

    Thomas Newcomen Engine

    Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, The Engine House, Mayors Avenue, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9YY.
    Tel: 01803 834 224.

    • Car Park
    • Part disabled access

    One of the few surviving 'Atmospheric Engines'. Built in 1720 to Thomas Newcomen's original design, this is the oldest preserved steam engine in the world…

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