Swindon Hotels - Swindon was once a small, traditional market town, and its history can still be felt in the Old Town area – a pleasingly quaint neighborhood with little courtyards and narrow Victorian lanes, with galleries, restaurants, and bars to explore. It's a side of Swindon that first time visitors might not expect, and on a sunny day the Town Gardens is a place you have to visit, with its glowing green lawns, rippling ponds, old-fashioned bandstand, and the Old Town Bowl, a popular setting for concerts since as far back as the 1930s.
Things to see
Swindon makes an ideal base for visiting Cotswold Country Park. It's the most popular part of the vast Cotswold Water Park area, featuring two lakes that were created several decades ago and now make a delightful if unlikely place to bask in the sun and enjoy the great outdoors There's an inland beach, opportunities for boating and kayaking. And if you're feeling adventurous you can even have a go at paddle boarding and water zorbing. You can also go for relaxing woodland walks, and if you want more rustic serenity you can also visit the nearby village of Hook. For yet more outdoorsy recreation, Stanton Park stretches for over 74 hectares and features lush woodland and a lake. Back in Swindon itself, you can shop in style at the Swindon Designer Outlet. Based within the lovingly restored Great Western Railway works, it's a triumphant mix of the old and new, featuring all the biggest high street names as well as designer boutiques, selling their wares at massively discounted prices.
Hotels in Swindon
While there are some grand hotels located in the Wiltshire countryside around Swindon, set within Cotswold manor houses and boasting antique fittings and acres of breathtaking land, the hotels in Swindon itself tend to be of a rather more conventional variety. Swindon hotels encompass the usual chains, some of which do offer prime facilities such as swimming pools and on-site spas, not to mention flat-screen televisions and free WiFi. There is also a good range of humble bed and breakfasts that are ideal for business travelers on a tight budget.
Where to stay
The town center is largely pedestrianized, meaning that getting around is very quick and easy. And it also makes it well worth booking a Swindon hotel that's centrally located, so don't have to bother with taxis or buses during your stay here. You'll have good access to shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as Swindon Art Gallery, which is renowned for its collection of paintings and sculptures by modern British masters including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, LS Lowry, and Paul Nash. In short, there's plenty in Swindon city center to keep any visitor amused over an afternoon and evening.
How to get to
Swindon enjoys good links with the rest of the country – Swindon Station itself is on the main line that connects Wales with London, so you can get good, frequent connections to the Big Smoke, Bristol, Cardiff, and Swansea. If you're getting here by car, that's easy enough as well, with the M4 the route you need to go along.