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SwindonUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Swindon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon
DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon
4 out of 5
Great Western Way Lydiard Fields, Swindon, England
The price is £53 per night

Located in the heart of Swindon, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lydiard Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate Warehouse and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (779 reviews)

"In difficult circumstances the staff remained professional and friendly"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon
Godwin Court Apartments
Godwin Court Apartments
3.5 out of 5
7 Old Town, Swindon, England
The price is £58 per night

Situated in Swindon, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Museum of the Great Western Railway and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"This property is in a great location, steps from grocery, pubs, and restaurants. For those looking to have a great English experience, Old Town is the place to be! Apartment was clean, linen was fresh."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Godwin Court Apartments
Holiday Inn Express Swindon - West
Holiday Inn Express Swindon - West
3 out of 5
Frankland Road, Swindon, England
The price is £44 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lydiard Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate Warehouse ...

4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
Good hotel. Convenient just off motorway.

"Good hotel convenient just off motorway. No noise room well sound proofed from motorway."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn Express Swindon - West

Popular places to visit in Swindon

Swindon Designer Outlet
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Swindon Designer Outlet

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Whether you prefer to simply browse or to take advantage of all the deals, this covered shopping center is a great place to spend the day. 

Lydiard Park
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Lydiard Park

4/5(1 review)

Wander the expanses of this green space in Wiltshire and uncover the history of its stunning manor house and beautiful church.

Coate Water Country Park
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Coate Water Country Park

Explore the great outdoors at Coate Water Country Park, a lovely green space in Swindon. Stroll along the lakeside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Museum of the Great Western Railway
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Museum of the Great Western Railway

Tour this museum dedicated to the history of locomotion and the local communities who once made a living from the railway. 

Wayland's Smithy
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Wayland's Smithy

You can find out about the history of Swindon with a visit to Wayland's Smithy. Discover the beautiful countryside and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Royal Wootton Bassett Old Town Hall
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Royal Wootton Bassett Old Town Hall

You can find out about the history of Wootton Bassett with a trip to Royal Wootton Bassett Old Town Hall. Stroll along the lakeside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Top things to do in Swindon

Simply Stonehenge Tour- Admission and Audio Guide Included
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Simply Stonehenge Tour- Admission and Audio Guide Included

£52
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Sightseeing River Cruise With Traditional Picnic
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Sightseeing River Cruise With Traditional Picnic

£45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

£92
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Evening River Cruise with Dinner at The Folly Riverside Restaurant
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Evening River Cruise with Dinner at The Folly Riverside Restaurant

£55
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour Walking Tour of Oxford
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Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour Walking Tour of Oxford

£19
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Downton Abbey Tour
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Downton Abbey Tour

£82
Per adult

Reviews of Swindon

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
32
5 - Excellent 11.307420494699647%
4 - Good
134
4 - Good 47.34982332155477%
3 - Okay
98
3 - Okay 34.628975265017665%
2 - Disappointing
17
2 - Disappointing 6.007067137809187%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.7067137809187279%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Very good for shopping

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Feb 2020

We went nowhere except the crematorium.

3/5 - Okay

Mags

31 Dec 2019

We did not do much in Swindon- we visited Avebury which was nice, went to the designer outlet (it was ok) and also went to south wales which is close enough for a day trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Dec 2019

Good for shopping and location is ideal for visiting other attractions

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Dec 2019

Needs more but enough for this length of visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Dec 2019

We were in Highworth near Swindon quiet relaxing if travelling by car plenty of places to visit and bus service good to Highworth from Swindon

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