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What Is There To Do When You Visit Swindon?   by Simon Haughtone

Swindon Featured Hotels

What can you do when you visit Swindon? Although you may not bump into famous Swindonians such as Melinda Messenger, there's still plenty of interesting things to see and do in Swindon.

1. Shopping

Probably the best places to shop in Swindon are the main retail parks such as Greenbridge, the West Swindon Shopping Centre, Stratton and the Orbital Shopping Park. Or, if you're looking for cheaper brand name items then it's well worth checking out the discounts available at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet which boasts that it is the largest such development in Europe. There's plenty of room there, even though some 3 million people a year are estimated to visit it to save money on their designer goods.

2. Steam Railway Museum

This is next to the designer outlet, so dad can have something to do while the rest of the family shop until they drop. Situated inside a listed ex-railway works, there are many exhibits that will guide you through the history of the railways and even show you how the original railway locomotives were constructed.

3. Sports and Leisure Facilities

With almost 200,000 people living there, Swindon has plenty of leisure facilities from the relatively leisurely 10 pin bowling through gymnasiums and the gigantic Lagoon swimming pool with it's slides, wave machines and water cannon. Golfers are well catered for locally as well, with the Broome Manor Golf Complex offering both 9 and 18 hole courses together with over 30 bays in the driving range so that you can practice exactly those strokes you need to. Or if you've got more time and energy on your hands, you could experience the thrill of flying through the air at one of the local gliding clubs.

4. Arts and Theatre

The Wyvern theatre shows a wide variety of films as well as the normal dramatic productions. It is also host to many one night stands as it is a well known venue for performers to include in their tours. For those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere, check out the Arts centre, which features folk music, smaller production companies and other events, such as the Swindon Music Festival.

5. Sport

Home to the Swindon Robins Speedway team, you could take in an evening watching this exciting sport at the Abbey Stadium. There are three league football teams locally, including the Football League One Swindon Town F.C. If you like watching ice hockey, then make sure your visit coincides with a home game for the Wildcats or the Panthers. The faster motocross circuit is located at Foxhill, just outside the town.

6. History and Celebrity

If you're a James Bond fan, then you may want to visit Sevenhampton where Ian Fleming is buried. Music fans may want to see where the Moody Blues' singer Justin Haywood was born. Those who enjoy Mark Lamarr on television can see where he grew up in Park South. Swindon is also famous for being the location of the UK's first public lending library. Not to mention being the home of the Great Western Railway and the site for one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway works.

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About the Author: Find plenty of places to stay in Swindon whether you want a hotel in central Swindon or somewhere further out of the town.


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Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel Swindon
Offering stunning views of the Vale of the White Horse and the Cotswold escarpment, the Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel is 6 kilometres from the Swindon Railway Station. The city attractions include Steam Museum, Cotswolds Water Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Lacock Abbey.  This property boasts 117 well-appointed accommodation units that are comfortable, pleasant and comes with all the contemporary amenities that a discerning traveller would expect.  The Ridge Restaurant serves delicious English cuisine for you to feast on. The Christophers Restaurant serves delectable Carvery and traditional cuisine for you to enjoy. After a tiring day, you can unwind at the cosy bar with a fine drink.
Express By Holiday Inn Swindon City Centre
Express By Holiday Inn Swindon City Centre is a purpose built, contemporary hotel located in the centre of Swindon. The Inn is situated within easy reach of the towns local attractions like the Steam Railway Museum, The McArthur Glen Outlet Village and The Cotswolds.  The Inn has cosy guestrooms that are well furnished and equipped with a host of modern amenities.  You can begin your day with the delicious Continental breakfast served in the Great Room, where guests can also enjoy Sky Sports on the Plasma Screen Television, with a great selection of beer and wines.
Marriott Hotel Swindon
Offering stylish and contemporary accommodation, this property is the perfect base for business as well as leisure travellers.  Set in mature woodland in the heart of historic Old Town, the Marriott Hotel Swindon has built its reputation on individual and quality service. The hotel offers everything required for business, a weekend away, family celebrations or a memorable night out.  The hotel consists of 156 luxurious guest rooms and suites that are chicly decorated and well appointed with a host of contemporary amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.  Guests can dine at the onsite cosmopolitan restaurant, which serves the best modern European and traditional Mediterranean style cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
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