Set between the Cotswolds and the Wessex Downs is the exciting town of Swindon, a place of many contrasts. From the Old Town, first mentioned in the Domesday Book, to the pedestrianised shopping area in the town centre, shopaholics or browsers alike can feel at home.
The industrial history of Swindon began with the railway in the 1800s, making this one of the most important towns of the time and the story of the most famous railways is told at the new Museum of the Great Western Railway, STEAM. Visiting here is a must, not only for the young at heart who remember the days of steam but also those budding engine drivers who read Thomas the Tank today!
For the active visitor there is a plentiful choice on offer, experience the electric atmosphere of the nightlife if you're a 'night owl' or try your hand at ice-skating or one of the many other sports available if you're more active during the day. If you prefer taking in the beauty of the countryside then a short distance from Swindon you will find prehistoric sites, a selection of historic houses and perhaps the most impressive landscape in England. Experience the wonder of the largest Henge in Britain, sited at Avebury, and the mystery of the prehistoric mound of Silbury Hill a short distance from Marlborough.
The area in and around Swindon is rich in both history and beauty. Add to this the ease with which it can be reached, either by car, train or coach, from almost any part of England, and you have the perfect destination for either a long or short visit.
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