Pubs And Inns Near Swindon
After a busy day exploring everything Swindon has to offer, you will find many of our Wiltshire pubs within close proximity, offering the perfect place to have a bite to eat or a refreshing drink after exploring this wonderful market town.
The Bear Inn
In the heart of the historic market town of Cirencester, you’ll find The Bear Inn, home to hand-pulled beers and ales, locally-sourced modern twists on pub classics, a beautiful beer garden for alfresco dining and drinking and a crackling open fire. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick pint, short snack or something more substantial after visiting Swindon, you’ll find your favourite classic pub dish at The Bear Inn.
Catch the big game with a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe beer at The Beehive gastropub in Carterton, close to Swindon and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Relax in the beautiful beer garden, sample the menu full of pub favourites, and bring your four-legged friend with you – everyone’s welcome at The Beehive!
The Prince Of Burford
The perfect base for exploring the Cotswold countryside, the Prince Of Burford is a quintessentially British pub, complete with a cracking selection of award-winning Butcombe beers behind the bar and a menu full of delicious, locally-sourced classic pub meals. If you’re feeling thirsty after your day in Swindon, we’ve got the perfect pint for you here.
Settle in front of the cracking open fire at The Crown pub in Dyrham with a pint of Butcombe real ale. With its rustic stone-clad interior, authentic wooden beams, and a beautiful beer garden, you can be sure of a relaxing drink at The Crown after a busy day in Swindon. Sample the comforting menu at the on-site restaurant, chock-full of pub classics, with options for all dietary requirements, and the pickiest eaters.
The Horse & Groom
A grade II-listed pub located in the picturesque village of Charlton, The Horse & Groom pub-restaurant dates back to the 16th century and retains many charming original features, including its beautiful flagstone flooring and open fireplace. With a top-notch food menu and tasty beer selection, there’s something to tickle all taste buds, and with a tree-sheltered lawn and sun-trap paddock, the pub offers plenty of space for al fresco drinking and dining after a trip to Swindon.
The King’s Arms
The King’s Arms pub is a charming, 18th-century inn located in picturesque Melksham. Whether you’re stopping by after a visit to Swindon to sample their hand-pulled real ales, enjoy their menu of seasonal, home-cooked food or while away the hours in their inviting beer garden, you can be sure a very warm welcome awaits you.
The White Hart
Located in the village of Wroughton, The White Hart gastropub is a stunning thatched pub boasting bags of character. With traditional and charming pub interiors, large beer gardens, a menu packed with tasty seasonal dishes and a bar stocked with award-winning Butcombe ales, it has everything you need to recharge after a tiring day in Swindon.
History Of Swindon
Built in close proximity to what is now known as Swindon Hill, the origin of Swindon can be traced back to pre-historic times (though it first became populated during Saxon times).
Originally known as Swine Dun or “Pig Hill”, Swindon remained as a small settlement until it started to expand at the beginning of the 19th century.
When the Great Western Railway reached Royal Wootton Bassett in December 1840, a new “town” was built to accommodate the workers who had moved from other areas of the country. Swindon’s population had increased from just over 1,000 in 1801, to more than 15,000 by 1881.
As the admiration for the market town grew, so did its population. Further industrial investment in the area followed, and in the 2011 census, Swindon’s population was recorded at more than 200,000.
What To See In Swindon
With an ever-increasing population comes an ever-increasing need to entertain people.
Swindon is arguably most famous nowadays for being home to Swindon Designer Outlet, though it does have plenty of options for the whole family.
The Steam Museum Of The Great Western Railway allows visitors to learn about the impact that the GWR has had on Swindon, while the Richard Jefferies Museum celebrates the work of the great writer and the Museum of Computing displays a wonderful collection of early technology.
If it is fun for all the family that you are looking for, head straight for Roves Farm or Butterfly World & Farm Park. Nature walks, goat brushing and tractor rides are all on offer at Roves Park, while butterflies (obviously!), fish ponds and tropical flowers are all waiting to be discovered at Butterfly World & Farm Park.
If it is music, comedy, dance or drama that you are after, Wyvern Theatre has you covered. With a host of domestic and touring productions, all tastes are catered for at this 635 seat arena.
Swindon Designer Outlet
Since it opened in 1997, Swindon Designer Outlet has become one of the most popular destinations in Swindon and the surrounding areas.
Located within close proximity to the M4 motorway, Swindon Designer Outlet boasts more than 100 retail stores and numerous food, drink and entertainment establishments.
Attracting more than a million visitors every year, Swindon Designer Outlet is housed in Grade II listed buildings that were once home to the Great Western Railway works and is one of the largest covered designer outlets in the whole of Europe.
Coate Water Country Park
Coate Water Country Park is a nature reserve and area of scientific interest, offering activities for the whole family.
The model railway, pitch & putt, endless walks and fishing should keep everyone entertained, and there is an on-site cafe for those that feel thirsty or peckish.
Having first opened in 1822, Coate Park has been entertaining generations of “Swindonians” for 200 years.
Swindon On The Big Screen
With creator Ian Fleming hailing from nearby Sevenhampton, it seems only right that Swindon has featured in the movies of James Bond.
Its first appearance came in the 1985 blockbuster, A View To A Kill, where Roger Moore was filmed alongside Sir Godfrey Tibbett in the Renault building.
Some years passed before 007 visited Wiltshire again, this time it was Pierce Brosnan who was shooting scenes at the Motorola factory in Swindon.
Markets In And Around Swindon
The residents of Swindon are spoilt for choice when it comes to markets, with several daily, weekly and monthly fairs being held in and around the town.
Lotmead Farm Store leads the way for availability, opening 7 days a week to sell their meat, dairy and vegetable produce, while Swindon Farmers Market (Sunday), Swindon Country Market (Friday) and Highworth Market (Saturday) all congregate weekly.
Wanborough Farmers Market and Royal Wootton Bassett Farmers Market operate on the 3rd Saturday and 4th Saturday of the month respectively to offer cut flowers, freshly baked bread and cakes and other local produce.