Book a hotel in Swindon, a charming town in Wiltshire, south-west England, that has been a popular tourist spot for many years due to its charming appearance, friendly atmosphere and interesting history. Best Western has one hotel in Swindon centre and one on the outskirts of the city, a perfect launching pad for exploring the surrounding countryside. Our central hotel, in Blunsdon, is beautiful, luxurious and stylish, the perfect place to spend a UK city break.
Most visitors get their bearings after leaving their Swindon hotel by finding the romantic and interesting Old Town, the city's core in pre-railway days. Some of the attractions to keep your eyes out for here are the Wood Street shopping area, the stately and impressive areas of green known as Lawns Park, as well as the impressive Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. The original city dates back to the Saxon days of Britain and the city's name is believed to have derived from the Anglo-Saxon words 'swine' (pig) and 'dun' (hill). The city evolved and developed over the next thousand years, reaching a particular peak of population and output during the Industrial Revolution when the settlement became linked to London and Bristol by railway and the construction canals brought more trade to the region.
Shopping in Swindon
Booking a hotel in Swindon will give you access to some great shopping facilities. As is common to most English settlements, the quirkier and more original of the shops and boutiques are located in the older part of town, whereas the main high-street brands, bargains and deals can be found in the more recently built-up areas and malls, especially that in Brunel, home to numerous cafes, play areas and hundreds of different shops. The former Great Western Railway works has now been transformed in the Swindon Design Outlet, peddling top names at bargain prices. If you are into a more traditional feel to your shopping experience, our Swindon hotel gives you easy access to the local farmers market which pops up at least once a month and specialises in homemade goods, including chutneys, pies, quiches and even cheeses - a delightful way to spend an afternoon before returning to your hotel in Swindon centre.
Eating and drinking in Swindon
In recent decades, Swindon has become a very international settlement and this is reflected in its wide variety of cuisines and restaurants. In this cosmopolitan metropolis, you will find authentic Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Turkish and French establishments serving wonderful dishes all over town. For the less adventurous there are, of course, hundreds of chain restaurants and more traditional English gastro pubs and restaurants. Walk down to Commerical Road or Regent Street from your Swindon hotel for a nice, quiet drink as these areas contain some of the stand-out watering holes including the Glue Pot on Emlyn Square or The Five Bells in Wootton Bassett. This town, half-way along the South Coast, is a great centre for locally-brewed cider, ales, beer and even wines.
Culture and nightlife in Swindon
As well as the architecture, shopping areas and places to eat and drink, a Swindon hotel will put you right on the doorstep of a host of attractions and entertainment. The Swindon Steam Museum is award winning and traces the historical journey of the Great Western Railway taking visitors in a journey through the magical period of Steam travel, when workers from all around this great country were ferried together, bringing the city to life. For avid bookworms, the Bodleian Library's book depository (the library proper is located in Oxford) is found in the city outskirts. It contains over 153 miles of shelving, including 3,224 bays with 95,000 shelf levels, as well as 600 map cabinets to hold 1.2 million maps, periodical, magazines and other items. The Old Town attracts audiences after a much more intimate evening, offering art-house films, stand-up nights and small-scale musical venues. The attractive Wyvern Theatre, built in the 1970s is the town's major venue for big musical numbers, pantomime, drama and other performances. A night here will complete your stay in our hotel in Swindon, another perfect night out during your perfect UK city break.
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Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN26 7AS
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