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Village Hotel Swindon
Village Hotel Swindon

Shaw Ridge Leisure Park, Swindon SN5 7DW

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (545 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Laserquest Swindon, Lydiard Park, and Jungle Parc. …

£48
per night
Guild House Apartments
Guild House Apartments

4 Guild House, Swindon SN1 5AH

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Swindon, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Wyvern Theatre. …

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Your Serviced Apartments
Your Serviced Apartments

Paramount Bld Beckhampton Street, Swindon SN1 2SE

Situated in Swindon, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wyvern Theatre, Oasis Leisure Centre, and Heelis. ATBShop Skat …

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Holiday Inn Express Swindon - West M4, Jct 16
Holiday Inn Express Swindon - West M4, Jct 16

Frankland Road, Swindon SN5 8UD

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (485 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Studley Grange Garden and Leisure Park, Lydiard Park, and …

£42
per night
The White Hart
The White Hart

Oxford Road, Swindon SN3 4JD

3.5 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (68 reviews)

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
Stanton House Hotel
Stanton House Hotel

The Avenue, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon SN6 7SD

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (154 reviews)

Located in Blunsdon, this romantic hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Stanton Country Park and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Stanton Park …

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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
4.3 out of 5 (15 reviews)

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 Harrow Inn
The Harrow Inn

High Street, Swindon

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Situated in Swindon, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Coate Water Country Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Stanton Park and …

£85
per night
The Angel Hotel
The Angel Hotel

47 High Street, Swindon SN4 7AQ

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (102 reviews)

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

£50
per night
The Red Lion
The Red Lion

74 High Street, Swindon SN6 6DD

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (76 reviews)

Located in Cricklade, this inn is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Combat Splat and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Swindon and Cricklade Railway. …

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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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