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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 (299 reviews)

Located in the heart of Swindon, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet and within 6 mi (1 …

£47
Sheppard Street Accommodation
Sheppard Street Accommodation

10 Sheppard Street, Swindon SN1 5DB

2.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lydiard Par …

£35
Hilton Swindon Hotel
Hilton Swindon Hotel

Great Western Way Lydiard Fields, Swindon SN5 8UZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (363 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Lydiard Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from …

£61
Holiday Inn Swindon
Holiday Inn Swindon

Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6AQ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (92 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this hotel is 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet and within 12 mi (20 km) of Swindon and …

£59
The White Hart
The White Hart

High Street, Swindon SN4 9JX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Swindon Designer Outlet, Lydiard Park, and Swindon and Cricklade …

£70
South Marston Hotel & Leisure Club
South Marston Hotel & Leisure Club

Old Vicarage Lane, South Marston, Swindon SN3 4SH

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (152 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Swindon Designer Outlet, Swindon and Cricklade Railway, and …

£70
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)

Situated in Swindon, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lydiard Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Swindon Designer Outlet and …

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The Jolly Tar
The Jolly Tar

Queens road, Swindon SN6 7RP

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (49 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this inn is within 12 mi (20 km) of Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Swindon Designer Outlet, and Kelmscot …

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The Highworth Hotel
The Highworth Hotel

1 Westrop, Swindon SN6 7HJ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (36 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this boutique inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Swindon Designer Outlet, an …

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Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel
Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel

Lake 6 Spine Road East, Cirencester GL7 5FP

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (377 reviews)

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre, …

£62
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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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