Located only a short distance from the capital, London to Swindon is a popular commuter route, and services are regular, running as often as every 15 minutes from just after 5.00 a.m. until 11.30 p.m. First Great Western are the main service provider on this route; their Swindon trains depart from Paddington in north-west London. Services may be busier than usual in the morning rush hour with commuters on their way to work, but even with larger numbers of passengers the whole journey should take less than an hour. All services are direct with no changes necessary.
Visitors can learn all about the local history at the Swindon Museum. It has displays about the area's past, as well as some interesting archaeological finds discovered in the town. Nearby you'll find Swindon Art Gallery, which is free to enter and boasts works by major modern artists such as Lowry and Henry Moore. Fans of rail travel may well want to check out Steam: The Great Western Railway Museum. Those looking for retail therapy can also indulge at the Shopping Village retail park. Swindon has a rich history, and there are lots stately homes to visit, many with extensive grounds and beautiful, landscape gardens you can enjoy in the summertime. Avebury Manor and Garden is one of the must-visits in the area.