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24 Things That Aren't Completely Awful About Swindon

It's not as bad as you think. FACT.

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1. The Magic Roundabout isn't that scary.

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OK, this is a lie. But everyone knows its a nightmare, so ~most~ drivers are forgiving. And you have to marvel at the whoever decided to turn five mini roundabouts into one big one.

2. Our H&M is huge, and it doesn't sell out of the good stuff.

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The ones in Bristol and Bath can be a nightmare, but in Swindon it's a) much quieter and b) you can usually find things that have flown off the rails elsewhere. Same goes for Topshop and, in fact, all your favourite high street chains.


4. Including the outlet shopping centre, which is in the old Great Western Railway works.

5. Swindon Oasis gets some big name bands and comedians.

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Liam Gallagher named Oasis after seeing the venue on a tour poster for another band.

6. The slides in the Oasis leisure centre are the stuff of childhood dreams.

7. Lydiard Park is a beautiul place to go for a walk.

9. Speaking of Old Town, can we take a moment for Wood Street? / Via

10. Just look at this ivy covered pub. Look. At. It.

11. When you're on a health kick there's this oh-so-cool juice bar, The Core.

Instagram: @thecoreswindon

12. And you can get a really good coffee at Darkroom Espresso.

They also have pastries the size of your face, many, many types of tea and a chalkboard table. It's also quiet enough to take your laptop and do some work.


14. If you're a fan of coffee, or cocktails, or vinyl – or all of them, head to Baila. Another very cool place, up in Old Town.

Instagram: @bailacoffeeandvinyl

15. Swindon is a great place for history buffs. The Historic England archive, English Heritage HQ and the National Trust are within 5 minutes of each other.

There are 12 million photos, drawings, reports etc dating back to the 1850s in the Historic England Archive (at the National Monuments Records Centre ^^) which is pretty cool. And you can visit.

16. Plus the National Trust HQ has a pretty decent café.

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It's right outside the Outlet centre - perfect if you need a post-shopping coffee.


19. There's the volunteer-run Museum of Computing. If you're bored of your Nintendo Switch, you can play here instead!

21. The Wyvern Theatre is great if you want to see a show. / Via

23. Tapas at Los Gatos is basically a reason to move here.

24. In conclusion: It's Pretty OK. / Via


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