Swindon is an industrial and service town in the beautiful county of Wiltshire in the west of England. The town is an important centre for industrial heritage. In 1841, Brunel’s Swindon Works were built for the construction of locomotives on the Great Western Railway (GWR). It became the town’s largest employer and one of the biggest in the country, employing more than 14,500 workers. The works closed down in 1986. Today, one of the biggest attractions for visitors is the Steam Railway Museum.
The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, an indoor shopping mall for reduced price goods (mainly clothing) also uses the buildings of the disused railway engine works. The centre has around 100 shops and is the biggest covered designer outlet in Europe.
Swindon has many beautiful parks and green spaces, the best of which are Lydiard Country Park, The Lawns, Stanton Park, Queens Park, Town Gardens and Coate Water.
For entertainment, there are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs, three cinemas and two theatres.
For sports there is The Oasis (fun pool and domebusters), The Link (Ice scating, Swimming and climbing wall) and The Health Hydro (Swimming and Turkish baths).
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Swindon is midway between Bristol, 40 miles (66 km) to the west and Reading, 40 miles (64 km) to the east. London is 81 miles (130 km) to the east. Oxford is 35 (56 km) to the north. All of these cities can be reached in less than an hour by train.
Swindon is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Wiltshire to the south and the Cotswolds to the north it doesn’t take long to escape from the town and be surrounded by nature.
The ancient stone circles of Avebury, The Cotswold Water Park, and The Uffington White horse and castle are some of the best places, all within half an hour of Swindon by car.
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