Local Swindon Attractions

local swindon attractions

Blunsdon House Hotel is ideally located as a base from which to discover the attractions of Swindon, Bath, the Cotswold’s and many of the surrounding villages in Wiltshire.

Swindon’s Nature Attractions

Abbey House Gardens: An amazing and peaceful garden, full of beautiful and unusual plants.  Here lies the final resting place of Athelstan, first King of all England

Bibury: Delightfully picturesque, by the river.  Feed the trouts at the Trout Farm

Cotswold Water Park: Britain’s largest water park with over 133 lakes.  Country parks with picnic and BBQ sites, go karting, footpaths, cycleways, nature reserves & a man made beach!  Watersports include water skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, angling and much more!

Cotswold Wildlife Park: A lovely Wildlife Park in beautiful grounds. Rare animals including lovely red pandas, a Bat house and an exhibition of spiders and reptiles.  There is a train to travel the park, and pleasant coffee stops

Longleat Safari Park: See the lions, tigers, rhino, zebra & giraffe.  Let the kids have fun in the hedge maze and adventure castle.  Don’t forget to visit Longleat House, the stately home of the Marquess of Bath

Nature in Art: The world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to art inspired by nature from any period, any country and any media

Roves Farm: Ideal for the children, play with the lambs, watch sheep being sheared, try your navigating skills in the willow maze or even paint balling

Sleepy Hollow Farm: You’ll find a fascinating collection of rare, wild and unusual animals here from magnificent Shire horses to a family of otters.  There’s something for everyone, complimented with seasonal demonstrations

Swindon’s Local Attractions

Avebury: As fascinating as Stonehenge, this ancient stone circle surrounds a pretty village.  A huge tithe barn houses a craft exhibition

Bath: See the Pump Room and the Baths, the Royal Crescent, drink in the atmosphere of this popular destination

Bourton on the Water: Enchanting Village by a stream. Visit the Perfume factory, the Motor Museum (the  home of ‘Brrmm’) and the Model Village

Bowood House: The home of Lord Lansdowne, this house with its beautiful gardens by Capability Brown, has something for everyone including a wonderful adventure playground for children

Burford: A lovely Cotswold Town, with lovely typical  Cotswold buildings

Cirencester: A busy market town, Cirencester is steeped in history.  Visit the Corinium Museum for interesting facts about Roman Britain

Gloucester Docks: Visit the docks for a peek at history, boat trips, antiques museums and special events

Lydiard Park: Wander through the elegant ground floor apartments of this small stately home or visit the 260 acres of parkland surrounding it

McArthur Glen Designer Outlet: 100’s of designer labels at high street prices.

Oxford: See this famous University City in an open topped bus.  Learn its history from a moving school desk at the excellent Oxford Story attraction

Pewsey Vale: The finest formations of crop circles are found here in the Marlborough Downs.  Helicopter rides are available

Prinknash Abbey: The home to a Benedictine, Roman Catholic Community, learn about monastic life during your visit and see the bird and deer park too

Salisbury: Famous for its Cathedral, this pretty town have plenty of shops

Steam Museum: Wiltshire’s family attraction of the year telling the story of the men and women who built the Great Western Railway

Stonehenge: Probably one of the most famous of our national heritage monuments, Stonehenge attracts thousands of visitors every year

Stow on the Wold: A pretty village, with many interesting shops, particularly antiques and gifts, definitely worth a visit

Swindon and Cricklade Railway: Wiltshire’s only standard gauge railway line.  Visit and ride upon a fully functioning railway right here in Blunsdon

The White Horses: Wiltshire has many white horses. The oldest White Horse is at Uffington, Oxon, approx 20 minutes away.  Up on the Ridgeway the horse overlooks Dragon Hill where St George is said to have slain his enemy

Warminster: A lovely area of Wiltshire located in the Wyle Valley.  There are plenty of amazing things to see, from castles to picturesque villages and not forgetting the Westbury White Horse too

Swindon Speedway: The Swindon Speedway track is within a short distance of Blunsdon House Hotel.  Race nights are held on a Thursday evening and the gates open at 6.30pm with racing commencing between 7.30pm and 7.45pm

Swindon Greyhound Racing: The Swindon Greyhound race track is within a short distance of Blunsdon House Hotel.  The track at Abbey Stadium features sweeping bends and long, wide straights, encouraging clean, trouble free racing.  Race nights are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Swindon Town Football Club: Swindon Town Football Club currently play in League One. The club’s home ground is the County Ground, which has an all-seated capacity of 15,728.  Since turning professional in 1894, the club has enjoyed periods of proud success, most notably, during the period 1968–1970 when they won the 1969 League Cup (defeating Arsenal at Wembley Stadium) and also promotion to the Second Division.  League Cup success earned the club its first invitations to European competitions, but they were not eligible to participate because they played in the then Third Division. As compensation they were entered into the 1969 Anglo-Italian League Cup and the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup, with Swindon winning both. These wins were led by the club’s talismanic winger Don Rogers, with the South Stand subsequently being renamed after him from the 2007/2008 season.  Swindon Town enjoyed a notable period of further success under the stewardship of Lou Macari from 1984 – 1989, resulting in two successful promotions.  Following a further successful spell under Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle took over and guided Swindon to their only appearance thus far in the Premier League during the 1992 – 1993 season.