Swindon has its origin as a small market town, used mainly for barter trade until the mid-1800s. The original settlement is now known as Old Town.
Take time to wander through its quiet courtyards and alleyways or enjoy a vibrant mix of traditional shops and pubs alongside modern outlets and stylish cafes and bars and use our website to find out more about what there is to see and do here.
With the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1840 a whole new town was created between the new railway works and Swindon Hill. Today this is the town centre.
Perfect for shopping
The centre is fully pedestrianized and offers both an indoor and outdoor shopping experience.
Whether you are in search of the latest fashion, or have an eye for a bargain, this is the place to be.
For those more creative purchases look out for the local and international markets that regularly come to the town.
Whether you prefer to hit the Old Town or the modern town – there are plenty of restaurants to choose from with a large array of cuisines.
There is also a buzzing arts scene with many events taking place throughout the year at venues including the Wyvern Theatre, Arts Centre and Library.
Find out more about what’s on when you are planning on visiting by using the search box on the right hand side of this page or check out our what’s on section.
A wealth of things to do
There are lots of things to see and do in Swindon including a relaxing stroll around Lydiard House and Park or shopping at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet.
You can also discover the history of the Great Western Railway at STEAM Museum or visit nearby farm park Roves Farm or the butterfly world and craft village at Studley Grange.
Make a break of it
Search our places to stay today – from hotels, B&Bs and self-catering cottages and book your Swindon break.
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway...