A day in the life of the Carriage Works

7 Carriage Works, London Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 5FB

Built 1876 as part of Brunel’s Great Western Works, once the largest carriage works in the country, standing at the forefront of Victorian innovation. Carriage Works is transforming Brunel's legacy into a place where heritage meets digital & creative

A tour of the Workshed at the Carriage Works. Including information about the history of the site and it's place as part of the Great Western Works.

  • An informative, interactive quiz throughout to engage all.
  • Day in the life of a worker, then and now.
  • Videos of historic uses of the site.
  • Current businesses based at Workshed provide a backdrop of ‘modern-day’ experience

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 10:00 - 14:00
Sunday 12 September: 10:00 - 14:00

Booking Details

No booking required


Access from London Street involves a slight step. Assistance can be provided to access via this door. A lift is available from this entrance up to the main area of the building. Alternatively there is a ramped entrance to the rear of the building within the Station Road industrial estate. There is a disabled parking space at this entrance.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

15 to 45 minutes Refreshments and toilets available in Faringdon Road alongside the Railway Village or in the town centre (5 minutes walk) or Designer Outlet (10 minutes walk) Contact for the day: Mirabelle Stobbs 07813 721121


The main pedestrian entrance is on London Street. Coming from the train station, turn right out of the station, pass the car park entrance on your right, after approx 300m Workshed is on your right. If you get as far as the Bristol Street tunnel through to STEAM museum and the Outlet Village you have gone too far. Parking is available in pay and display car parks at Bristol Street car park (SN1 5ED) and Swindon Train Station main car park (SN1 1 DQ).

Organised by

Swindon Borough Council

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