Winchcombe Railway Museum & Gardens
A unique collection of Railway Artefacts housed in a lovely Cotswold Country Garden.
A child-friendly environment where visitors are actively encouraged to operate the signals, ring the bells and enjoy the various exhibits.
The museum first opened in 1968 and contained the original collection put together by Tim Petchey and his fellow Trustees. Since that date both the collection and the garden has grown and now covers around half an acre, and encompasses track-side signs and boundary markers from the majority of the railway companies that existed from the beginning of the railways up to and including British Rail.
The Ambulance Carriage contains a superb collection of equipment from the various railway company's First Aid teams together with an extensive collection of wagon plates. The carriage has a fascinating history having served during the First World War in France and Italy.
The booking office is housed in a small building in one corner of the garden and, in addition, contains an interesting display of railway crockery, cutlery and silverware; posters, maps, buttons, badges and uniform items.
A converted van body houses a fine collection of fire fighting equipment including hose nozzles, helmets, pumping equipment and associated paperwork.
In the garden you will find signalling, boundary markers, mile posts and a multitude of cast iron trespass notices, enamel signs, box boards, railway signage and other items too numerous to list here.
The whole area is safely enclosed and all of the exhibits are there to be used, so unlike most museums this one comes alive.
For the railway enthusiast the museum is unparalleled in having one of the largest displays of line-side notices among it's collection of signalling equipment.
For the garden enthusiast the museum garden is full of old and rare plants.
Light refreshments and ice creams are available. We also have a gift shop, and a Railwayana Collectors Corner. You can even buy fresh eggs from our free-range chickens, and plants from the garden in season.
The Bad News and the GOOD NEWS!!
First the bad news. The Museum is still closed and will not re-open in the near future, and definitely will not re-open in its current location. The lack of volunteer help and our advancing years have made it 'mission impossible' to complete all the refurbishment necessary to re-open to the public.
Now the GOOD NEWS. We have joined forces with the newly formed Vale of Berkeley Heritage Railway Trust which, in addition to securing the future of our collection, will enable us to move to a new site at Sharpness within the next few years. The museum trustees are excited by the invitation from the VBHR and intend to spend the next few years preparing the collection for the move, continuing the restoration programme and generally getting ready for the move to a purpose built building where the entire collection can be displayed and available to the public.
The VBHR Trust are planning a heritage railway operation that will provide a wonderful day out for enthusiasts, running steam and diesel powered trains, and we are proud to be included in their plans. With the nearby canal and river, new marinas and improved dock facilities, Berkeley Castle, the Jenner Museum and Slimbridge on the doorstep, the opportunity is one not to be missed.
We will update the website as plans become clearer and look forward to welcoming you to view the collection when it arrives in its new home.
For further details log onto the Sharpness Docks Redevelopment Strategy or Canals and Rivers Trust web-sites and view the developing plans for this new venture.
Winchcombe Railway Museum
23 Gloucester Street