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Without a doubt, Swindon, squeezed between the Cotswolds and North Wessex Downs, is one of the UK's best kept secrets. This thriving market town offers a variety of attractions and things to do for those who come to stay in Swindon bed and breakfasts. Culture vultures can score tickets for one of the plays or musicals at the theatre and explore the award-winning museums, while those into history can admire the Victorian parks and stately homes. Then there's the great outdoors, where visitors can go walking through wildlife reserves or along the Ridgeway, the country's oldest road. If you're bringing the kids on a weekend getaway, you could take them to one of the adventure parks, swimming at the leisure centre or go-karting at the indoor track. At the end of the day, you'll be just a short walk from the cosy pubs, buzzy wine bars and trendy eateries that dot the town.
The town might have its fair share of hotels, but there's nothing quite like the bed and breakfasts in Swindon, which offer comfortable places to stay at a fraction of the cost. Who wouldn't want to stay in a homely atmosphere with owners who have run their B&Bs for decades? Plus, with properties dotting the city, you can pick one in the heart of the Old Town or in one of the quieter residential areas, depending on your preference. If you're sold on a Swindon bed and breakfast, the best place to find your perfect match is Expedia, which lists every property, along with detailed descriptions and photos. Just plug in your dates, budget and location, scroll through each property and book in just a few clicks. If you're on a budget, you could opt for one of the family-run, traditional B&Bs that haven't changed much over the years and offer a comfortable place to lay your head. Others are swisher affairs, which give even luxury hotels a run for their money. Alternatively, you could make a dash for the countryside to stay in one of the converted thatched cottages. Whatever you choose, you're always assured of a comfortable stay when you book a night through Expedia.
Guestrooms at bed and breakfasts in Swindon come in all shapes and sizes, but most will come equipped with all the conveniences that you might expect to find in a hotel, like a TV on the wall, plenty of storage for your things and a kettle for making tea and coffee. All but the most budget B&Bs will have ensuite facilities stocked with toiletries and, if you pick right, you could have features like a free parking spot for your car or views out over the town's historical landmarks. The hallmark of a good B&B is the breakfast and in Swindon they excel, with full English fry-ups, or lighter options, like cereals and yogurt, on the menu. If Swindon doesn't sound like your cup of tea, maybe a break in the bright lights of the capital, London, might be more your speed?
Swindon offers even the most well-travelled of visitors some new and exciting attractions. Train buffs shouldn't miss STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, which houses old locomotives, including Queen Victoria's 19th-century Royal Saloon. Then there's the Museum of Computing, which looks back at Britain's contribution to the digital age, or the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, which has a dazzling collection of 20th-century British art. Swindon has a thriving foodie scene and the Wood Street Food Hall is ground zero. Here, you can learn about the local produce and pick up some supplies to take home with you. A stay in one of Swindon's bed and breakfasts wouldn't be complete without a walk in the mighty Cotswolds, an extraordinarily beautiful landscape just a short drive away.