Things to do in Swindon

Culture and heritage

Discover how GWR became known as God’s Wonderful Railway at the STEAM Museum, housed in the Grade II listed building of the former Swindon railway works. Or visit the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, home to an impressive and significant collection of modern art.

Food and drink

Wiltshire has a proud culinary reputation, where local farmers’ markets and great food festivals abound. Visit the restaurants and pubs in Old Town or explore the Swindon Farmers’ Market at the Outlet every Sunday.

Sports and outdoors

Swindon is the region’s main sporting town – with speedway, ice skating and Swindon Town FC. The town is also a jumping off point for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Cotswolds Water Park a few miles to the north.

Music and nightlife

Swindon’s premier venue is the Wyvern Theatre, with a 635 seat auditorium along with two bars, or there’s the Swindon Arts Centre, a hidden gem in the heart of the Old Town.


The Swindon Designer Outlet is situated in a beautifully restored former railway building and offers a great range of brands, restaurants and cafes.

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Where do GWR trains to Swindon arrive and depart?

GWR trains arrive and depart from Swindon (Wilts) train station

The station is centrally located and is just a short walk from the town centre and busy shopping district.

Which train services run direct to Swindon?

Trains to Swindon run direct from a number of major UK stations including London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads and Cheltenham Spa.

Train services from Wales, such as Swansea and Cardiff, also run direct to Swindon.

When is the best time to travel to Swindon by train?

Travelling off-peak is by far the best way to reach Swindon by train. 

Cheaper off-peak services run outside of busy commuter times and at the weekend.

Train tickets to Swindon

By booking as a group or using a Railcard, you can make big savings on your Swindon train tickets. Take a look at our range of ticket options below to see how you can save on your journey.