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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:

Dyrham Park. Courtesy of The National Trust
Dyrham Park

Opening times:
Admission times vary throughout the year. Please check venue website for current times. Feb - Oct 2013; not Wed or Thu (various dates)

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)

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)

Enjoying a walk in Beale Park. Photo courtesy of Beale Park
Beale Park

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm (until 6pm in high season) Feb - Nov 2013 (annual)

What's on in Swindon:

Oxford University's library, the Radcliffe Camera with Brasnose College below, Oxford, England. Courtesy of Britain on View
Oxford Literary Festival

Dates Open:
24/03/2015 to 01/04/2015

Oxford Jazz Festival

Dates Open:
01/04/2015 to 07/04/2015

Dancin' Oxford

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

World Pooh Sticks Championships

Dates Open:
25/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

Bath Decorative and Antique Fair

Dates Open:
08/03/2015 to 10/03/2015

Americans-Natural Theatre; George Wright. Courtesy of
Bath Comedy Festival

Dates Open:
30/03/2015 to 09/04/2015

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