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National Rail | station code SWI

Wiltshire near Cotswolds Offers, Discounts & Links

Swindon is a large town which has expanded rapidly in recent years. The old town of Swindon is south of the present pedestrianised town centre which developed near the station and works of the Great Western Railway. The Bus Station and Fleming Way bus stops are less than ¼ mile from the Rail Station.

TI Central Library, Regent Circus. Tel. 01793 466454.

STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway ¾ mile

Housed in a restored building of the former Swindon railway works, the museum tells the story of the people who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway. Events programme. Café. Tel. 01793 466646.
Open Daily 1000-1700.

Railway Village Museum ½ mile

This terraced stone cottage is part of the 'Railway Village' built to house workers at the Great Western Railway works. The furnished interior shows how Victorian railway workers lived. Admission free, donations welcome.
Open occasionally, see website for dates.

Heelis NT Central Office ¾ mile

An award-winning example of an innovative and sustainable building. Café and shop. Tel. 01793 817575.
Open café and shop see website for times, offices for booked guided tours only.

Museum of Computing ¾ mile

The history of computing and digital devices with many hands-on exhibits.
Open FS 1000-1600.

Swindon Museum & Art Gallery 1¼ mile

Displays cover local history, archaeology and geology. Important collection of 20th century art including works by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, LS Lowry and Paul Nash. Admission free. Tel. 01793 466556.
Open WThFS 1100-1500.

Swindon map

Lydiard House and Park by bus then ½ mile

A Palladian house with restored state rooms on the ground floor containing furnishings and portraits. Georgian walled garden. Church. Play area. Landscaped parkland with lake and walks. Tearoom, café and picnic field. Events programme. Tel. 01793 466664.
Open WThFSSu (Garden Daily) 1100-1600. Park open Daily 0730-dusk.
Bus 1/1A from Fleming Way to Hay Lane, Sleaford Close, then ½ mile. About 20 minutes journey, M-S every 10 minutes, Sun & BH every 30 minutes. Buses 1 and 1A operate loops in opposite directions so return buses leave from both sides of Hay Lane. Operated by Swindon Bus.

Lydiard Park map

Coate Water Park by bus

A country park with a lake originally built as a reservoir for the Wilts & Berks Canal. The area became a pleasure park when the canal was abandoned and the distinctive former diving platform remains. Woodland and nature reserve with wildflower meadows and bird-watching hides (permit from Activity Centre). Interactive splash park for children. Miniature Railway. Events programme. Tel. 01793 490150.
Open Daily dawn-dusk.
Bus 13/14 from Fleming Way to Coate Roundabout, 10 minutes journey, M-S every 10 minutes, Sun & BH every 30 minutes. Operated by Swindon Bus.

Richard Jefferies Museum by bus

The farmhouse home and birthplace of Victorian nature writer Richard Jefferies. Much of the house has been restored to create a mid to late 19th century farmhouse. Collection of items relating to Richard Jefferies. Gardens and orchard. Admission free. Tel. 01793 495645.
Open May-Sep, Sun 1400-1700. See website for other dates.
Bus as Coate Water Park above.

Coate Water Park map

Swindon & Cricklade Railway by bus

A standard-gauge railway with vintage steam and diesel trains on the former Swindon to Cricklade line. The Railway's main centre is at Blunsdon station. Taw Valley Halt is adjacent to Mouldon Hill Country Park. Café at Blunsdon. Events programme. Tel. 01793 771615.
Open Mar-Oct, SSu. See website for train times and other dates.
Bus 15 from Bus Station to Taw Hill, Tawny Owl, then ¼ mile walk. M-S only, about 15 minutes journey, every 30 minutes, operated by Swindon Bus.

Swindon & Cricklade Railway map
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Cotswold Water Park by bus

An extensive area around lakes created by gravel extraction, offering a wide range of leisure activities including walks, cycle trails, fishing, birdwatching and nature reserves to explore. Gateway Visitor Centre with information, maps, walks leaflets and café. Maps and walks can be downloaded from the website. Admission free. Tel. 01793 752413.
Open Gateway Centre Daily 0900-1700.
Bus 51/51A from Bus Station to Gateway Visitor Centre, watch for the sign a few minutes after Cricklade. About 30 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.

Ashdown House and Woodland NT by bus

A 17th century hunting lodge with a doll's house appearance, guided tours of the staircase hung with 17th century paintings. Rooftop views. Maze. Woodland. Tel. 01793 762209.
Open House Apr-Oct, Wed & Sat, see website for tour times. Woodland open all year but closed Fri.
Bus 47 from Bus Station to entrance, look for sign a few minutes after Ashbury. 40 minutes journey, M-S infrequent. Times from Traveline.
Ashdown House is in Berkshire.

Avebury by bus

Avebury and its surroundings are a World Heritage Site. The village is partially encompassed by the prehistoric stone circle.
Bus 49 from Bus Station to Avebury, Red Lion, about 30 minutes journey. M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.

Stay in Avebury: National Trust Holiday cottage.

Avebury Henge & Stone Circle and other ancient monuments EH/NT by bus

One of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain, Avebury Henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch. Within it there were originally about 100 great sarsen stones, forming the largest circle in Britain. Other ancient monuments near Avebury include West Kennet Stone Avenue, Silbury Hill (1 mile, no access to hill itself), West Kennet Long Barrow (1¾ miles) and Windmill Hill (1½ miles). All admission free.
Open any reasonable time, check website for summer solstice (20-22 June). |
Bus see Avebury above.

Alexander Keiller Museum EH/NT by bus

Housed in traditional farm buildings, the museum tells the story of Avebury's ancient landscape and the archaeologist Alexander Keiller who excavated here in the 1930s. Café. Tel. 01672 539250.
Open Daily 1000-1800, closes 1600 Nov-Mar. Check website for summer solstice (20-22 June). |
Bus see Avebury above.

Avebury Manor & Garden NT by bus

Avebury Manor was transformed in partnership with the BBC, rooms being styled to reflect various periods: Tudor, Queen Anne, Georgian, Victorian and 20th century. The garden is arranged as a series of 'rooms' with different characters. Tearoom. Tel. 01672 539250.
Open Mar-Nov, Daily 1100-1700 (1600 Mar & Nov). Check website for summer solstice (20-22 June).
Bus see Avebury above.

Avebury map
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Cirencester by bus

Cirencester is a busy market town known as 'The Capital of the Cotswolds', Cirencester was the important Roman city of Corinium. The Abbey Grounds include a section of Roman wall and the site of the demolished 12th century Abbey is outlined with paving stones.
Bus 51 from Bus Station to Cirencester The Forum, about 60 minutes journey. M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Buses return from the Market Place. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Cheltenham and Kemble.

TI Corinium Museum. Tel. 01285 654180. | |

Cirencester map

Corinium Museum by bus

The Corinium Museum has one of the finest and most extensive Roman collections in the country. Many exhibits are from Corinium (now Cirencester) which was Roman Britain's second largest city. Mosaics, coins, buried treasure, metalwork and other archaeological finds from the Cotswolds. The museum also covers Victorian Cirencester. Café. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01285 655611.
Open M-S 1000-1600, Sun 1400-1600, closes 1700 Apr-Oct.
Bus see Cirencester above.

New Brewery Arts by bus

A converted Victorian brewery housing a contemporary art gallery and craft shops with demonstrations. Café. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01285 657181.
Open M-S 0900-1700.
Bus see Cirencester above.

Cirencester Park by bus

Home to the Bathurst family, the extensive Park is open to the public free of charge. There are several follies in the Park. Tel. 01865 511444.
Open Daily 0800-1700.
Bus see Cirencester above.

Cirencester Amphitheatre EH by bus then ½ mile

The massive earthwork remains of one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain. Admission free.
Open Daily dawn-dusk.
Bus see Cirencester above, the Amphitheatre is ½ mile from the town centre.