Cookie information: We love cookies - you can dunk them in your tea!
This website may put "tracking cookies" on your computer to help us improve your experience on our website, to analyse its performance and to allow us to promote the website. You can find out more in our privacy policy. Unfortunately you can't eat our tracking cookies but you can set your web browser to stop them downloading to your computer or you can just delete them from your computer. Here's a good recipe for cookies that you can dunk in your tea!

(This message is only intended to appear the first time you visit and then at six month intervals)


Swindon Attractions

Find and book hotels



Need 4 rooms or more?
Please call us.

Click for information - opens in new window

Click for information - opens in new window

Click for information - opens in new window

I have a





Our little web men are running around to find you the perfect break Did you know....all Best Western hotels have FREE internet!
Please Wait loading

Get in touch

08445 76 76 76

Park in Central Swindon, Wiltshire

There’s more to this Wiltshire town than its railway past so emerge from your Swindon hotel to learn why a local postmistress was on Hitler’s hit list.

Historic Swindon

See how Swindon grew into a prosperous railway town in the Town Gardens in Quarry Road, where a bandstand entertained walkers. An aviary was added in 1928, and in 1936 the Bowl began hosting open-air concerts. The derelict Mechanics’ Institute was built to entertain GWR’s workers and was a temple to reading, theatre and socialising.

Art and museums in Swindon

From your Swindon hotel you can get a whiff of the wood in the carriage body shop at Steam, Museum of the Great Western Railway at Kemble Drive. The Swindon and Cricklade Railway lets you live the steam experience and showcases God’s Wonderful Railway’s impact on the town.

Quirky things to do in Swindon

Take a trip out to Highworth Post Office where postmistress Mabel Stranks was enlisted by Churchill’s resistance movement to vet thousands of people en route to nearby spy HQ Coleshill House. There is a plaque to commemorate this extraordinary woman who was on Hitler’s most-wanted list. Nearby, Ian Fleming was writing Bond books in Sevenhampton.

Events in Swindon

There’s highbrow high jinks at the Swindon Festival of Literature in May when the book world comes to town. The Old Town Festival in mid-June kicks off with a jazz festival and follows up with a pop concert and family fun day.

See all Swindon hotels

Attractions in Swindon:

Blenheim Palace South Front, Oxfordshire. Courtesy of Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Opening times:
Daily 10.30am-5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm); park daily 9am-4.45pm; 2 Nov-16 Dec Wed-Sun only Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

The Dress of the Year

Opening times:
May-Oct daily 10.30am-5pm; Nov-Jan daily 10.30am-4pm Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)

Basildon Park. Courtesy of the National Trust
Basildon Park

Opening times:
Mar-Oct: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Dec 11am-4pm Feb - Dec 2013; not Tue (annual)

Reading FC 2011/12

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Compton Verney, courtesy of Compton Verney
Compton Verney

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 11am-5pm Mar - Dec 2013; not Mon (annual)

What's on in Swindon:

The Mount Vernon Garden (a replica of George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon in Virginia). Courtesy of the American Museum in Britain
The American Museum in Britain

Dates Open:
13/03/2015 to 31/10/2015
26/11/2014 to 19/12/2014

Dyrham Park. Courtesy of The National Trust
Dyrham Park

Dates Open:
03/11/2015 to 16/12/2015
03/11/2014 to 16/12/2014
18/02/2015 to 29/10/2015

Midnight Mass in New College Chapel

Dates Open:
24/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

Bath Christmas Market. Courtesy of Bath Tourism
Bath Christmas Market

Dates Open:
24/11/2014 to 11/12/2014

Cheltenham Racecourse - The International

Dates Open:
12/12/2014 to 12/12/2014

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Dates Open:
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/11/2014 to 30/11/2014
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
01/11/2015 to 30/11/2015

  View More...

Content provided by Frommers Unlimited, copyright © 2012: Whatsonwhen Ltd, John Wiley & Sons, Inc