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 pedestrianised 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 Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.
There are lots of things to see and do in Swindon including a relaxing stroll around Lydiard House and Park or shopping at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.
You can also discover the history of the Great Western Railway at STEAM Museum, learn about the history of various gadgets at the Museum of Computing or visit nearby farm park Roves Farm or the butterfly world and craft village at Studley Grange.
Last but not least, there is a great selection of accommodation to be found in Swindon to suit all tastes and budgets.
Parking & Transport
- Car Parks
- Coach Parking
- Parking for disabled visitors
Travel & Trade
- Wi-fi available
Towns & Villages
- Farmers market
- Information Centre
- Public toilets
- Train station
Map & Directions
From the north: follow the A419 and then the signposts to Swindon.
From the east: follow the M4 in the Bristol direction and leave at Junction 15, following the signposts to Swindon.
From the south: follow the A346, following the signposts to Swindon.
From the west: follow the M4 in the London direction and leave at Junction 16, following the signposts to Swindon.
Public Transport Directions
Getting into Swindon
Swindon's main railway station is just ten minutes' walk away, and provides connections to London Paddington, Bristol and Wales.
Simply cross the road out of the station and follow the signs for the centre.
Bus services to, from and around Swindon are operated by Stagecoach Swindon and Thamesdown Transport.
There are numerous bus stops just around the town centre and the Swindon Bus Station is a two minute walk from the town centre, under the underpass towards The Parade.
There is also a Park and Ride facility available in Swindon and this runs from Wroughton Park and Ride.