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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.

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Attractions in Swindon:

Reading FC 2011/12

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

Semi-State Rooms

Opening times:
Daily 9.45am-4.15pm Sep 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)

The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle © The Dean & Canons of Windsor
Changing of the Guard

Opening times:
Apr-July Mon-Sat 11am; Aug-Mar 11am alternate days and excluding Sundays; please visit the castle's website for full details Jan - Dec 2013 (annual)

Newport Gwent Dragons. Courtesy of Rodney Parade Ltd
Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

Cardiff Blues Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013 (annual)

What's on in Swindon:

Dancin' Oxford

Dates Open:
18/02/2015 to 29/03/2015

Caroline George ascending Storm Mountain Falls. Photo by Andrew Burr, courtesy of Banff Mountain Film Festival
The Banff Mountain Film Festival

Dates Open:
18/02/2015 to 18/02/2015

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
01/11/2015 to 30/11/2015
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015

Apples. Photo by Ben Evans, © Whatsonwhen
Slow Food Market

Dates Open:
05/07/2015 to 05/07/2015
05/04/2015 to 05/04/2015
03/01/2016 to 03/01/2016
07/06/2015 to 07/06/2015
06/12/2015 to 06/12/2015
01/11/2015 to 01/11/2015
02/08/2015 to 02/08/2015
03/05/2015 to 03/05/2015
06/09/2015 to 06/09/2015
04/10/2015 to 04/10/2015
01/03/2015 to 01/03/2015
01/02/2015 to 01/02/2015

Giant beachcomber by Thomas P Peschak, South Africa/Germany. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dates Open:
19/11/2014 to 12/03/2015
19/11/2015 to 11/03/2016

Westgate Museum

Dates Open:
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/02/2015 to 31/03/2015

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