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Swindon
Travel Guide

Lydiard Park showing a park and autumn leaves

Visit this English town to discover beautiful landscapes and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and to explore the history of the railways. 

Nestled in southwest England is the large town of Swindon, a hub of manufacturing, culture and history. Come here to wander acres of manicured parklands and natural woodlands, visit one of the many fascinating museums, or splurge on great bargains in the shopping center.

Swindon was originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement on top of a limestone hill. It was just a small market town until the middle of the 19th century, but expanded greatly after the Town Development Act of 1952. Today it is home to almost 200,000 people. Meet the long-time residents, known as Swindonians, to get the best advice on the most popular local spots.

Start your visit to Swindon by visiting the educational museums and galleries that bring culture and information to the area. For instance, at the Museum of the Great Western Railway, you can enjoy interactive exhibits that mimic what it would have been like to work in the railroad industry building steam locomotives. Head to the Museum of Computing to see technological artifacts and machines. Finish by appreciating some creativity at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

If you’ve come for some shopping, you’re in the right place. Visit the Swindon Designer Outlet to find dozens of stores featuring brand-name items, including clothing, accessories and home furnishings. Stop for a meal at one of the restaurants when you’re done.

To appreciate the outdoors, go birdwatching at Cotswold Water Park or spend some time wandering through the Walled Garden at Lydiard Park. Bring a picnic in the summer months and sit out and relax under the shade of the trees.

Get to Swindon from London by train, or take a National Express bus from many surrounding international airports. Those looking for the greatest flexibility in their travels will want to rent a car and drive into town.

Spend time in this lovely town in Wiltshire to gain an understanding of English life, both past and present. Swindon also hosts art festivals and family events throughout the year.

Thistle Express Swindon
Thistle Express Swindon
3 out of 5
Fleming Way, Swindon, England
The price is £43 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in the heart of Swindon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate Warehouse ...
4.2/5Excellent! (457 reviews)
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Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021

Thistle Express Swindon
Cricklade House Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Cricklade House Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
4 out of 5
Common Hill, Cricklade, Swindon, England
The price is £77 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in the heart of Swindon, this golf hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Combat Splat and Cotswold Country Park and Beach. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (140 reviews)
Good but slightly faded hotel with nice outlook
"The hotel was surrounded by a golf course which made for some nice views out from certain rooms. Facilities were fine, but hotel rooms may need a bit of a refresh. I didn't use the spa so can't comment on it."

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2020

Cricklade House Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Swindon Marriott Hotel
Swindon Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Pipers Way, Swindon, England
The price is £71 per night from 9 Jul to 9 Jul
Situated in Swindon, this spa hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Museum of the Great Western Railway and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. Lydiard Park ...
4.3/5Excellent! (785 reviews)
Marriott during Covid 19
"Restrictions apply (though this is not suitably advertised on website). Tried calling the hotel on numerous occasions to check if they were serving food (wanted to check as i was arriving late and some hotels are not serving). Could not get through to the hotel at all. Took the risk and booked only ..."

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2020

Swindon Marriott Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hotel Apartments ByDesign
Hotel Apartments ByDesign
4 out of 5
Beckhampton street, Swindon, England
The price is £86 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
Located in the heart of Swindon, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Lovely apartment would definitely stay again"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

Hotel Apartments ByDesign
Hamilton Grace Apartments - Wessex Court
Hamilton Grace Apartments - Wessex Court
4 out of 5
Wessex Court, Clarence Street, Swindon, England
Situated in Swindon, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate Warehouse ...
3.7/5Good! (6 reviews)
"There was plenty of space with 2 bedrooms. Indian resturant around the corner, so we ordered online and then ate..too easy!! After a long day travelling it was just what we needed. Great to have a washing machine available too."

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2019

Hamilton Grace Apartments - Wessex Court
Swan Place By Flying Butler
Swan Place By Flying Butler
3.5 out of 5
77 Godwin Court, Swindon, England
Situated in Swindon, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Coate Water Country Park and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. Museum of the ...
Swan Place By Flying Butler
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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