Swindon Travel Guide

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Swindon Overview

Swindon is a strong UK business town on the M4 corridor, with a long history of engineering. It's home to the STEAM museum, dedicated to the Great Western Railway, a thriving railway by Isumbard Kingdom Brunel at the height of the empire. Swindon is in the throws of a major redevelopment programme. It is also twinned with Walt Disney World in Florida.

Other attractions of note in the town itself is the Football Ground of Swindon Town F.C., the Designer Shopping Village, and the legendary Magic Roundabout, a system of linked mini roundabouts that is so confusing for those from out of town that the tourist information markets t-shirts for survivors. It's also the subject of the song English Roundabout by XTC. Continuing the musical link. The band Oasis got their name from the Leisure Centre located in Swindon.

Swindon's main attraction for both visitors and industry is its perfect centralised location in the UK. It is about an hour by train from London, and within an hours drive of Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Reading and Salisbury. Also nearby are Salisbury Plain, with its massive stone circles and standing stones, the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, South Wales, Gloucester and a little further south, the edges of the New Forest.

The world's biggest military airshow, the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford happens every July close to Swindon.

In late 2008 Swindon council controversially banned fixed point speed cameras. Much to the joy of local motorists.

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