Life in Swindon
Swindon is an expanding town situated at the centre of the M4 corridor. The town offers the advantages of an urban environment with easy access to the surrounding Wiltshire countryside. Well served by main road and rail links, Swindon is accessible within an hour's travel from London, Cardiff and Birmingham and half an hour from Reading, Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Cheltenham & The Cotswolds.
Today, Swindon is a centre for technology, retail and commerce with Honda, Intel, Nationwide and BP among the major employers, many of whom Swindon College has strong links with through Business First training programmes.
Swindon’s nightlife is diverse and lively with a wide choice of clubs offering a variety of music styles to suit all tastes. There are plenty of bars in the town centre as well as more traditional pubs in the surrounding towns and villages. A wide range of restaurants and specialist shops offer a wealth of menus from many cultures.
Sport and Leisure!
Swindon has several leisure centres and many gyms offering many activities including indoor rock climbing, ten pin bowling and ice skating as well as a professional tennis centre, indoor karting track and golf courses. If you use these facilities regularly, you can apply for a Swindon Card to receive extra discounts. Swindon Town Football Club and Swindon Speedway provide spectator opportunities and you can also watch greyhound racing at the Abbey Stadium.
You can chill out in one of the many parks and outdoor areas in Swindon including Coate Water Country Park, Lydiard Park, Queens Park and the Old Town Gardens (with music stage venue) while the more adventurous can visit the nearby Cotswold Water Park to try a range of watersports.
Swindon is close to local historic towns such as Cirencester and Marlborough, as well as the World Heritage site at Avebury or the ancient sites at Barbury Castle and Silbury Hill.
The Ridgeway, a National Trail described as Britain’s oldest road, is an 85 mile track which starts close to Swindon and runs along the downs to Buckinghamshire. The trail is very popular for hiking, mountain/trail biking and horse riding.
Shop till you drop!
The ‘shopping experience’ is good in Swindon with many leading high street shops in the town centre and at the renowned ‘Designer Outlet Village’, as well as at several large out-of-town shopping centres.
Cultural facilities include a new purpose-built three storey library in the town centre, two multiplex cinemas, the Wyvern Theatre which attracts top national performers, the Old Town Arts Centre, Swindon Museum and Gallery, Steam Railway Museum and the National Monuments Record Centre. The Oasis Leisure Centre, next door to Swindon College, often hosts large concerts and events performed by top national acts.