As Swindon locals already know, our little town is a great place to visit. Surrounded by some of the most picturesque countryside in England, our streets are filled with everything from quaint shops to beautiful Victorian parks and paradisiacal gardens.
From the historic courtyards and alleyways of Old Town to the vibrant centre, we have plenty to keep people entertained, but one attraction ranks above all others. According to website TripAdvisor, this place outshines its many worthy competitors, but where might it be?
Let’s take a look at some of our most popular spots to see which one comes out on top.
Abbey Greyhound Stadium
The gambling sector has experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years, largely due to the growing prominence of the online casino sector. From slots to roulette to blackjack, this trend demonstrates just how much the British people enjoy a flutter. Though lots of us choose to do it over the internet or via an app, some prefer to see the action happening right before their eyes, whether by playing live casino or standing in a packed-out stadium and watching the thoroughbreds of the dog world race hell for leather around a floodlit track. It’s the latter market that Abbey Greyhound Stadium caters to, and the venue has earned some rave reviews. Offering plenty of nail-biting action, as well as a trackside bar and restaurant, it can be a great place to spend an evening.
Abbey Greyhound Stadium offers lots of thrilling on-track action, but for those who prefer to live their life at a more sedate pace, Lydiard Park is also popular. This stunning historic estate is set on the western edge of Swindon. Covering 260 acres, it has much to offer visitors, from its grand Palladian house to its archaic church and beautiful walled garden. Specially set up to offer family-friendly fun, it runs dozens of different events throughout the year. This means that as well as touring the house and grounds themselves, those who pay it a visit can enjoy everything from open-air theatre through to live music, a 'luna cinema', and much more. You can take a look at its website for more information.
Abbey Greyhound Stadium and Lydiard Park might attract thousands of visitors each year, but they still can’t compete with the place that’s taken top spot - the wonderful Roves Farm. Home to a host of friendly animals, it's located in the very heart of the Wiltshire countryside and offers a fabulous day out for families. With everything from an indoor activity barn to outdoor adventures like den building and tractor rides, you're guaranteed to have fun come rain or shine. Don't forget to visit the on-site shop and cafe before you leave for fantastic food that's straight from the farm.
If you’re planning a visit to Swindon, or even if you’re a local who wants to explore the many treasures our little town has to offer, these three spots are a great place to start. Why not add them to your itinerary today?