Considering buying a home in Swindon?
Swindon has something for everyone. A town of diversity and contrast with a bustling atmosphere, it has a wonderful range of leisure, recreational and cultural activities as well as numerous attractions nearby.
Originally a small market town, Swindon was used mainly for barter trade until the mid-1800s. The original Swindon is now known as Old Town and here you can wander through quiet courtyards and alleyways or enjoy a vibrant mix of traditional shops and pubs alongside modern outlets and stylish cafés and bars. With the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1840 a whole new town was created between the new railway works and Swindon Hill and this is now Swindon's Town Centre.
Shop til you drop
The centre is fully pedestrianised and offers both an indoor and outdoor shopping experience. Whether you’re in search of the latest fashion, or have an eye for a bargain, this is the place to be. The McArthurGlen Swindon Designer Outlet is one of Europe’s largest undercover centres and you’ll find more than 90 stores, cafés and restaurants housed within the Grade II Listed building of the former Great Western Railway Works. The Orbital Centre and Greenbridge Retail Park and a further range of larger supermarkets and stores are also ready available in the town.
Lots to do in the local area
The Cotswold Water Park, consisting of over 140 lakes, is a renowned conservation area with a large number of waterfowl and wildlife. The lakes are also a popular place for outdoor activities: anglers can fish, water skiers and jet skiers can ski, sailors can sail their yachts and walkers can enjoy miles of countryside walks. Coate Water Country Park is also popular with its beautiful lake and surrounding green open space. And Lydiard Park with its grand house and landscaped gardens, lakes and extensive children’s play area is also a hit with families.
Great transport links
Swindon is located by the M4 motorway so it’s easy to head east to London or west to Wales. The A419 to the east of the town will also take you quickly to the delights of Cirencester and Cheltenham just a few miles north or else south through the Marlborough Downs to Salisbury and Southampton. Swindon train station is one of the principal stations on the First Great Western Line linking London Paddington, through to Bristol and South Wales. Regular bus services run in and around the town and also provide transport to the network of picturesque towns surrounding Swindon.
A good education available for all
There is a strong schooling community within Swindon with a good range of educational facilities. There are numerous nurseries, primary and secondary schools and two colleges, making Swindon an ideal place for families with children of all ages.
Living in Swindon means you get the best of both worlds as you’ll be living close beautiful countryside, yet able to enjoy a thriving town with a fascinating heritage and excellent positioning for superb road and rail links.