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Village Hotel Swindon
Village Hotel Swindon

Shaw Ridge Leisure Park, Swindon SN5 7DW

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Laserquest Swindon and Lydiard Park. Lydiard Par …

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The White Hart
The White Hart

Oxford Road, Swindon SN3 4JD

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Swindon, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Stanton Park, Wyvern Theatre, and Oasis Leisure Centre. Stanton Countr …

£50
per night
De Vere Alexandra House
De Vere Alexandra House

Whittingham Drive, Swindon SN4 0QJ

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Wroughton, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Swindon Designer Outlet, Coate Water Country Park, an …

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De Vere Cotswold Water Park
De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Lake 6 Spine Road East, Cirencester GL7 5FP

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Cerney, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Lakeside Ski & Wake and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Combat Splat. …

£80
per night
The Sun Inn
The Sun Inn

Coate, Swindon SN3 6AA

3.5 out of 5.0

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
per night
The Bradley
The Bradley

Royal Parade, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham GL50 3AY

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

Situated in Cheltenham, this romantic bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Imperial Gardens, Statue of Edward Wilson …

£81
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Best Western Plus Swindon Blunsdon House Hotel
Best Western Plus Swindon Blunsdon House Hotel

Blunsdon, Swindon SN26 7AS

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Blunsdon, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Stanton Country Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Swindon an …

£79
per night
The Angel Hotel
The Angel Hotel

47 High Street, Swindon SN4 7AQ

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Wootton Bassett, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Wootton Bassett Methodist Church and Royal Wootto …

£62
per night
20 at The Kings
20 at The Kings

20 Wood Street, Swindon SN1 4AB

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Swindon, this inn is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wyvern Theatre, Swindon Designer Outlet, and Oasis Leisure Centre. …

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Highlands of Highworth
Highlands of Highworth

1 Swindon Road, Swindon SN6 7DE

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Highworth, this bed & breakfast is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Stanton Country Park and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Stanton Park …

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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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