Swindon will always be associated with the Great Western Railway (and for where Diana Dors came from), for this where the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel established the engine-building centre of his famous railway. Engines are no longer built here but the buildings still exist and are now home to the STEAM museum - a treat for kids of all ages.
Other old railway building house the fabulous Swindon Designer Outlet Village, with over 90 stores including Ted Baker, John Lewis Home Outlet and Marks & Spencer Outlet – shopping heaven! There are plenty more shops in the always busy pedestrianised town centre, including a large Debenhams. Also in the town is the undercover Brunel Centre boasting 100 stores, restaurants and cafés, including House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer Topshop, Waterstones and Cargo.
Wander up to the Old Town and get a flavour of the old market town Swindon once was before the railways came, and discover quieter streets with more traditional family-owned businesses and shops.
Check out Swindon's website for its lively programme of music and entertainments all through the year.