Swindon, Wiltshire, England

This afternoon, I am posting information on the town of Swindon (pop 155,000) in SW England.

Swindon can trace it's history back to Saxon times in the 1st millennium. The name translates as 'hill where pigs are kept'. Originally a small market town, the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1840 led to great expansion and creation of the town as it is today.

Public amenities include parks, gardens, museums and galleries. In the Old Town can be found intriguing courtyards, alleyways and various types of architecture.There is also a vibrant mix of traditional shops, pubs, bars and cafes.

 Things to do and see include:

  • Lydiard House, an elegant Georgian property set in rolling parkland.
  • Shopping at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.
  • Great Western Railway Steam Museum. 
  • Museum of Computing.
  • Roves Farm
  • Butterfly World and craft village at Studley Grange.
  • Local walking routes.

Swindon is home to a wide range of accommodation providers. 

The portfolio of images shown herein were obtained in course of a walk around the Old Town.

Local church (Anglican/Episcopalian)


This building is close to the church (two images above). It dates from 1877 and is an example of a pre-welfare state philanthropic bequest from a wealthy individual. It operated as a hostel erected for the benefit of the local poor.

The Bell Inn dates from 1545.

Kioki is an Indonesian themed nightclub

Traditional houses

Public park

Swindon is 83 miles west of London.



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