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Jurys Inn Swindon
Jurys Inn Swindon

Fleming Way, Swindon SN1 2NG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (337 reviews)

Located in the heart of Swindon, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swindon Designer Outlet and Museum of the …

£44
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 …

£55
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 Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. …

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Piper House
Piper House

59 East Wichel Way, Swindon SN1 7BZ

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Swindon, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wilts & Berks Canal, Wyvern Theatre, and Swindon Designer Outlet …

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The Tawny Owl
The Tawny Owl

Taw Hill, Swindon SN25 1WR

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (77 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Swindon Designer Outlet, and Museum o …

£49
Elm House
Elm House

10 Greensands Close, Swindon SN25 4FW

Situated in Swindon, this apartment is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Swindon and Cricklade Railway and within 6 mi (10 km) of Swindo …

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Stanton House Hotel
Stanton House Hotel

The Avenue, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon SN6 7SD

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (165 reviews)

Located in Blunsdon, this romantic hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Stanton Country Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Swindon an …

£95
Overtown Manor
Overtown Manor

Wroughton, Swindon SN4 0SH

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Located in Wroughton, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Swindon Designer Outlet, Coate Water Country Park …

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Marsh Farm Hotel
Marsh Farm Hotel

Coped Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 8ER

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

Located in Wootton Bassett, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jubilee Lake, Royal Wootton Bassett Methodist Church, and …

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The Crown Hotel
The Crown Hotel

131 High Street, Swindon SN4 7AY

2.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (25 reviews)

Located in Wootton Bassett, this inn is steps from Royal Wootton Bassett Methodist Church and Royal Wootton Bassett Old Tow …

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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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