Swindon

Travel Guide

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon
DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon
4 out of 5
Great Western Way Lydiard Fields, Swindon, England
The price is CA $83 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in the heart of Swindon, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Lydiard Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. Coate Water Country Park and ...
4/5 Very Good! (859 reviews)
Overall good hotel
"Very conveniently located, staff all friendly and helpful, nicely decorated. Room lighting poor, made worse by the fact that a bulb wasn’t working in one of the ceiling lights, which we reported to reception but was not fixed. Also requested room service and didn’t get it but staff provided top ups ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 30, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon
Jurys Inn Swindon
Jurys Inn Swindon
4 out of 5
Fleming Way, Swindon, England
The price is CA $89 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in the heart of Swindon, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Energy Check County Ground and Swindon Designer Outlet. Museum of the Great ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (766 reviews)
"Clean, issues were rectified quickly"

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2021

Jurys Inn Swindon
Swindon Marriott Hotel
Swindon Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Pipers Way, Swindon, England
The price is CA $119 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (826 reviews)
"We loved how big the suite room was. We never got a garden view that we paid for but we wasn’t fused as the room made up for it and it’s not like we are sitting in the room all day."

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2021

Swindon Marriott Hotel
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The Old Railway Quarter Apartment
The Old Railway Quarter Apartment
Swindon, ENG
The price is CA $136 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Situated in Swindon, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate Warehouse ...
The Old Railway Quarter Apartment
The Paramount
The Paramount
4 out of 5
Beckhampton Street, Swindon, England
Situated in a shopping district, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Energy Check County Ground and Swindon Designer Outlet. Museum of the Great ...
3.3/5 (3 reviews)
"The Kitchen / Dining / Living room area stunk of smoke. It was really unpleasant."

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2019

The Paramount
Guild House Apartments
Guild House Apartments
3.5 out of 5
4 Guild House, Farnsby Street, Swindon, England
Situated in Swindon, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate Warehouse ...
1/5 (1 review)
"We got there and no oen there we couldn't get in and ended up not staying there as no one would answer the phone ect"

Reviewed on Jun. 27, 2021

Guild House Apartments
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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