Swindon is Wiltshire’s largest town and an important centre of culture and commerce in the region. The town boundaries have expanded a lot in recent years, but the central old town still features picturesque architecture, with it’s quiet courtyards and passageways, as well as a vibrant mix of traditional shops and pubs alongside modern cafes and bars.
Swindon is also something of an economic hub for the south west, with several major businesses choosing to base manufacturing or commercial operations in the area, including Intel, Honda, BMW, Dolby Labs, and retailer WHSmith. There are also several financial service firms operating out of the town. As such, Swindon is an regular destination for business travellers from all over Europe.
Whatever your reason for visiting Swindon, you’re sure to find the town has a lot to offer, both in terms of culture and business opportunities.
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Swindon has some great places to stay, being a town that’s popular with both business and leisure travellers. Serviced apartments can be the most cost-effective and convenient means of accommodation for those visiting the town for longer periods. They offer all the benefits of a hotel, whilst leaving guests the privacy to come and go undisturbed, as well as to take care of their own dining arrangements.
We offer a selection of properties specifically selected for our discerning clientele, with each chosen for its standout features and desirable location. Our properties not only offer a range of mod-cons, but also feature luxurious bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens to ensure a comfortable stay. Our advisors can also help you to select a property with more specific requirements, such as secure or disabled access.
Swindon has a buzzing arts scene with many events taking place throughout the year at the Wyvern Theatre, Arts Centre and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. The town’s wealth of pubs and nightspots have also given rise to a fantastic live music scene. Visitors can also discover more about the town’s important railway heritage at the STEAM Museum, or its contributions to technology at the Museum of Computing
Swindon also features plenty of green open spaces, with several public parks including Lydiard Country Park, The Lawns, Stanton Park and Town Gardens. Those visiting with family might also like to head to nearby farm park Roves Farm, or the butterfly world and craft village at Studley Grange.
The centre of Swindon is fully pedestrianised so it’s something of a shopper’s town. The Brunel Centre and the Parade are the main shopping areas in the town centre, offering a host of retail opportunities - from leading fashion brands to homeware and electronics. The infamous Swindon Tented Market also offers local produce as well as a selection of independent arts and crafts.
Swindon has excellent bus coverage with routes across the town centre, its periphery and the surrounding towns - including regular services towards Chippenham and Oxford. The Thamesdown Travel Card is the town’s contactless payment system, which can be easily topped up and used to pay for bus fares on all participating routes. It is also possible to add on travel concessions for price reductions on multiple days of travel.
The railway station is located in the centre of the town and offers excellent links to much of the UK. There are regular services into London Paddington, with a journey time of around an hour, as well as trains direct to Southampton, Cardiff and Swansea.
Taxis are also a great option for making short journeys across the town as well as to the surrounding areas which are harder to reach by public transport.
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