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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

Thistle Express Swindon
Thistle Express Swindon
3 out of 5
Fleming Way, Swindon, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $63 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

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! (442 reviews)

"Smart TV in the room. Clean and quiet. Lots of hanging space and big mirrors"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 11, 2020

Thistle Express Swindon
Holiday Inn Express Swindon - West
Holiday Inn Express Swindon - West
3 out of 5
Frankland Road, Swindon, England
The price is CA $53 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Lydiard Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate Warehouse ...

4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"Great Covid policies implemented. Room super clean staff great."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 3, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Swindon - West
Village Hotel Swindon
Village Hotel Swindon
4 out of 5
Shaw Ridge Leisure Park, Whitehall Way, Swindon, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $82 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Lydiard Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate ...

4/5Very Good! (993 reviews)
Decent enough

"It was absolutely brilliant when it comes to cleanliness and such during covid-19 however the staff themselves seemed very snobby. Due to the fact I'd simply booked the room alone and not using other facilities. Also there was an issue with the water as the cold tap and shower wouldn't work just ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2020

Village Hotel Swindon
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.

Vacation Rentals in Swindon

Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
3.5 out of 5
175 Victoria Road, Swindon, England

Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop ...

3/5 (3 reviews)
Relocation nightmare !

"Relocated by Hotels.com . ESA run apartment, communications were very poor by them, not giving us a confirmed check in time until I called them four times. Advertised car park space, which should have been £5 per night was not available ! The car park next door was £38 per night, as were the local ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2019

Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
Hook Farm Cottages
Hook Farm Cottages
4 out of 5
Hook Street, Hook, Swindon, England

Situated in Swindon, this cottage is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lydiard Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Swindon Designer Outlet and Swindon and Cricklade Railway. ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Safe, clean, spacious and very comfortable

"It is a lovely, spacious, clean and comfortable cottage. There is everything one would need. We were so pleased with it that we want to plan our return 😊 The apple juice produced by the farm is delicious! The owners are really friendly and helpful. They really made us feel safe. Really a great ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2020

Hook Farm Cottages
Bath Road Apartments
Bath Road Apartments
3.5 out of 5
76 Bath Rd, 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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)

"Apartament look nice .I had very good time this place"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2021

Bath Road 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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Reviews of Swindon

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 12, 2020

Overnight stop. Didn’t see the town.

3/5 - Okay

Sharlene

Sep 22, 2019

Didn’t spend much time in Swindon, visited the Cotswolds from there. Driving through Swindon there is one huge traffic circle (a cluster of circles actually) which was a bit disconcerting for a tourist

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 27, 2019

My family have lived here for generations. I live in Canada so I am here for other reasons that just being a tourist.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 22, 2019

Beautiful church, quaint high street and good pubs

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2019

The hotel was very good value for the cost

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