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Located in the north of Wiltshire, Swindon was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, but it was the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1840 that began its growth and transformed it into the busy market town it is today. A popular commuter hub thanks to its train links to London, it is also a rich cultural town, home to the headquarters of the National Trust and English Heritage’s National Monument Record Centre. With a number of hotels in Swindon, select somewhere central and comfortable in Jurys Inn Swindon.
Get your bearings
With the arrival of the railway having transformed Swindon, it makes sense to start your trip with a visit to STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, which is located in a Grade II listed former railway building. Documenting the men and women who built it, as well as engineering icon Isambard Kingdom Brunel who conceived it, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the town’s origins, where you can see everything from locomotives to memorabilia.
With a busy high street, a designer outlet and the Brunel Shopping Centre, Swindon offers a multitude of opportunities to indulge in retail therapy. Elsewhere, you can find culture hits at both the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, the Swindon Arts Centre and the Wyvern Theatre, which hosts a mix of touring productions each month.
While you’re there
On the south-east corner of the town you’ll find Coate Water Country Park, a 56-acre reservoir built in the 1820s. Today, it’s a local nature reserve and a Site of Specific Scientific Interest thanks to its population of wildlife and wildflower meadows, and makes for a charming walk. If you want more of a close-up of the natural world, Studley Grange Butterfly World, Craft Village and Farm Park offers a range of entertainment for the family, including a soft play area and a miniature zoo where you can meet the resident meerkats.