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Jurys Inn Swindon
Jurys Inn Swindon

Fleming Way, Swindon SN1 2NG

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4.2 out of 5 (335 reviews)

Located in the heart of Swindon, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wyvern Theatre and Oasis Leisure Centr …

£43
The Great Western Hotel
The Great Western Hotel

73 Station Road, Swindon SN1 1DH

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (147 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oasis Leisure Centre, Wyvern Theatre, and ATBShop Skate …

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Hamilton Grace Apartments - Plaza
Hamilton Grace Apartments - Plaza

4 Gordon Gardens, Swindon SN1 1HF

4.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wyvern Theatre, Oasis Leisure Centre, and Museum of the Great …

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DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon
DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon

Great Western Way Lydiard Fields, Swindon SN5 8UZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (417 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Studley Grange Garden and Leisure Park, Lydiard Park …

£55
The Sun Inn
The Sun Inn

Coate, Swindon SN3 6AA

3.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (150 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Coate Water Country Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Wyvern Theatre and …

£45
Delta House
Delta House

25 Rigel Close, Swindon SN25 2LH

Situated in Swindon, this apartment is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Swindon and Cricklade Railway and within 6 mi (10 km) of ATBSho …

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The Carpenters Arms
The Carpenters Arms

Old Vicarage Lane, Swindon SN3 4ST

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this inn is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Stanton Country Park and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Stanton Park. Wyvern …

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The Village Inn
The Village Inn

Bell Lane, Swindon SN4 0HE

2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Liddington, this inn is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Coate Water Country Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wyvern Theatre …

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The Highworth Hotel
The Highworth Hotel

1 Westrop, Swindon SN6 7HJ

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (38 reviews)

Located in Highworth, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Stanton Country Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Stanton Park. Swindo …

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The Barrington Arms Hotel
The Barrington Arms Hotel

25 High Street, Swindon SN6 8AN

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (43 reviews)

Located in Shrivenham, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Wayland's Smithy, Uffington White Horse, and Stanton Park. Grea …

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Pocket Guide: Swindon Museum of the Great Western Railway Hotels

Wiltshire is well known for being one of the most naturally beautiful parts of the country, combining rolling hills with picturesque villages. It's not only the county's extraordinary natural beauty that lures in so many visitors each year, however. Holidaymakers are also drawn to Wiltshire by its history, much of which is still alive in attractions across the county. The Museum of the Great Western Railway is a hub of historical interest. Surrounded by exquisite hotels in Swindon, the museum couldn't be easier to visit.

The Heart of Swindon

From its opening in 1843 to its eventual closure in 1986, the Swindon Railway Works was central to the fortunes of this Wiltshire town. At its heady heights, the Works was capable of putting out as many as three full-sized locomotives a week. What better place, then, to open a museum dedicated to telling the history of the Great Western Railway, widely considered to be among the most advanced in the world for decades.

The Great Western Railway was conceived largely by the engineering pioneer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Originally started as a route between Bristol and London, the network quickly expanded across the west of England.

The Story of the GWR

In 2000, the Museum of the Great Western Railway opened in the restored Grade II listed building of the Swindon Railway Works. Exhibitions throughout the original building take visitors through the foundry, body shop and boiler shop, detailing the scale and nature of the building's industrial past.

The museum features good disabled facilities throughout, as well as easy parking and a cafe. It also has the capacity to serve as a venue for weddings and conferences.

Hotels in Wiltshire

One of the county's biggest towns, Swindon is home to some excellent hotels and guest houses. Them museum is located right in the centre, meaning visitors are spoiled for choice. The Jurys Inn and Holiday Inn Express offer close proximity to the museum, as well as to all the town's amenities. Alternatively, Madison Hotel offers a quieter location on the edge of town. Madison Hotel also houses a number of meeting rooms and a laundry service.

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