Well my brother went to the Swindon museum last year and obviously was impressed enough with it to remember it and want to take his nephews and neice to it. However, he is a bachelor, childless uncle, so maybe his view of the place is slanted.
Based on your links, Swindon looks jolly interesting, although a 5yo might be bored as it doesn't have that many actual engines, although they do have lots of other stuff. Can't see exactly what they've got at Didcot.
Make sure you put York Railway Museum and London Transport Museum trips into your diary for next year!
Took DS to Didcot last year for the Christmas special, which was OK only. Didcot seems to be run by volunteers, is all a bit run down and unloved really. The train rides are about 2 minutes long, and you can also climb on some engines in the barn, but my 3 year old was bored and not interested. Nothing much to see or do, and we were only there 30 minutes. Don't know if older DCs would find it interesting though? What were you hoping it would be like/there would be to actually do?
Ah thank you, we will stick with Swindon then. I wasn't sure but Mufti you sound like you have been to both? Having the option of being indoors if the weather is bad is certainly attractive.
Edam, I don't think you can actually go anywhere, but since we have been on virtually every single steam railway in the country (and a couple in other countries!) I am not disappointed about that. My brother says Swindon has a recreated country railway station but I am wondering how impressed my children will be with that, as of course they have those on every steam railway.
Oh, different views! I was not hoping for anything tbh. My brother suggested it and I agreed as Swindon is an easy halfway point between our two abodes.
If the weather is ok, we were thinking of going on to Avebury or Kennet Longbarrow in the afternoon, though we are only meeting up late morning-ish so there won't be a huge amount of time once we have had lunch.