The Magic Roundabout

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Swindon, England

The Magic Roundabout Swindon Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Dec 29, 2007
I don't know about good- but it's certainly not forgettable!

When I moved to Swindon, the only thing that anyone knew about the town was the Magic Roundabout. Everyone said, "Swindon - that's got that roundabout, hasn't it?" So this review is actually of a roundabout. Sad, huh? I live in a town where the main tourist thing that everyone knows is that the traffic system sucks.

Ahah! But not just any roundabout! The magic roundabout is notable for being five mini roundabouts glued together into the sort of massive flower a child might draw if they had access to road drawing software. You navigate it by pointing yourself at a likely looking exit and counting the exit numbers to get there, then hoping. They actually used to sell t-shirts for survivers, at the tourist information office. It has it's own Wikipedia entry. And was apparently top ten scariest junctions in the UK. There is a pop song about it. Interestingly, the council originally called it County Islands or something after the football pitch, but had to change the name because the entire town refused to call it anything other than the Magic.

So if you ever come to visit me, then I will show you the roundabout, on our way to Bristol.
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cotton_foam says:
Interesting!! I think I'll list it down on our "to-see" :))
Posted on: Mar 31, 2017
sarahelaine says:
Oh, go on - it would be great not to be the only roundabout related post! :)
Posted on: Feb 09, 2010
Raddish says:
Hahaha, what an excellent post!

I suppose that means I've got to do Longbridge Island now?

Maybe another day.
Posted on: Feb 09, 2010
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