New Homes in Swindon
Welcome to Swindon
Whether you’re shopping in designer outlets, taking the kids to the swimming pool or exploring local museums, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy close to your new home in Swindon. If you’re looking for first-rate transport links and lots of employment opportunities, Swindon could be the right choice for you.
A quick history
Swindon dates back to Anglo Saxon times, and over the centuries evolved into a market town used for trade. Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, Swindon thrived as transport links improved via new canals and railway lines, with the repair of trains being one of the biggest industries in the town.
In the 19th century, the Great Western Railway built a small village for its workers, and gave them their own health care fund which went on to inspire the NHS. When the town became connected to London and Bristol, Swindon grew into a major commuter hub.
Business and industry
There are a number of big employers in and around Swindon, including Honda, BMW Mini, Dolby Labs, WH Smiths and Intel. Other businesses based in the local area include Nationwide Building Society, the National Trust and the UK Space Agency, so there’s plenty of choice if you’re moving to Swindon for work.
Things to do in the area
Swindon has a proud railway heritage, and today one of the top attractions is the STEAM railway museum. The Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway is also popular, while other historic sites include Lydiard House and Park and the Museum of Computing.
If you want to explore the great outdoors, the Cotswolds and the North Wessex Downs are only a short drive away from Swindon. Other places of interest include Swindon Designer Outlet Village, where you can shop at discounted designer stores, while Oasis leisure pool is popular with the little ones.
The town also holds a number of annual events including the Swindon Mela and the Swindon Festival of Literature.
Travel and commuting
Swindon is located right on the M4 corridor, and combined with a busy railway line, it’s easy to travel east to London and west to Bristol from your new home. Bristol can be reached in 45 minutes by train or 50 minutes by car, while the journey to London Paddington takes just one hour 10 minutes by train. Reading is a 30 minute train journey away from the town.
If you’re going on holiday you’ll have plenty of choice, with Bristol Airport, London Heathrow and Birmingham Airport all around one hour 30 minutes from the town.