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Things to do in Swindon

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Outlet Mall
“The designer outlet is a short drive away, and has plenty of bargains to find! Parking is only £1 for several hours.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“A Palladian house with a beautiful church, walled garden and formal parkland ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“A great place to visit if you’ve got any interest in transport or engineering. The history is really fascinating and worth a trip if you get some spare time. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Playground
“At Coate Water Country park which is only a ten minute walk, you can run around the lake which is 1.5 miles long. Should you wishe to walk or run, this is very worth while. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“An award winning museum which can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. The building itself is stunning, let alone it's fascinating history and the enormous and pristine locomotives which call it their home. A must see attraction.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“The best tapas place in Swindon. It’s always busy, so I recommend booking in advance! You can sometimes get a table at the bar though, if you fancy trying. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shipping Store
“Cineworld in the town centre is only a short walk away. It’s a brand new cinema, so it’s still very nice inside. Small screens too, which is really nice. Surrounding it are a few restaurants as well, in case you’re hungry! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Brewery
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“High end restaurant & micro brewery in Swindon set in an old railway weighbridge building. Stunning brick interior to be seen- visit on a Friday or Saturday evening and you may be lucky enough to have someone playing on the grand piano upstairs overlooking the tables below.”
  • 1 local recommends
Hockey Rink
  • 6 locals recommend
History Museum
“In the Old Town area of Swindon. The remarkable art collection now has a reputation as one of the best of British 20th Century Art outside London. It was established by local benefactor, H J P Bomford, during 1944 from a generous donation of works. The museum has displays of local history, archaeology and geology. They tell the story of Swindon's Jurassic past, its connections with the Roman Empire and the more recent social history of this thriving town. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“About 15 - 20 minutes drive! Great film selections, even 11am kids screenings.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Premise
“Indoor swimming pool with slides, wave machines etc Lots of fun! Great for kids ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gym / Fitness Centre
“Entertainment and sports complex, situated outside Swindon town centre. It has many facilities available, such lagoon swimming pool and gym.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
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  • 1 local recommends
English Restaurant
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  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Tapas Restaurant
“The best tapas place in Swindon. It’s always busy, so I recommend booking in advance! You can sometimes get a table at the bar though, if you fancy trying. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Brewery
“High end restaurant & micro brewery in Swindon set in an old railway weighbridge building. Stunning brick interior to be seen- visit on a Friday or Saturday evening and you may be lucky enough to have someone playing on the grand piano upstairs overlooking the tables below.”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
  • 1 local recommends
English Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Juice Bar
“Amazing organic healthy foods/drinks here and the most yummy pancakes cooked to order and smoothies/juices to die for!! Absolute must for a lazy brunch”
  • 4 locals recommend

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