With a long historic connection to manufacturing and the early days of rail, Swindon now makes a name for itself as a destination for both business and leisure, as a bridging point between London and the south-west. As a result, stays in serviced apartments in Swindon are more and more common
Whether you are travelling for work or leisure, SITU is delighted to offer accommodation for whoever needs it. Choose one of our Swindon apartments in the city centre or something on the outskirts. Maybe you need Swindon accommodation that is close to the business parks, or perhaps you’ll choose one of our luxury apartments in Swindon instead that go above and beyond what a hotel offers.
Whatever your requirements, SITU ensures that every property is a homely and convenient base for your time in the area. Coming fully furnished and equipped with en suites, spacious living rooms, meeting rooms if required, guests will have everything they need for their stay in this vibrant town.
Swindon is a large town in England’s southwest, in the beautiful county of Wiltshire. It’s situated between Bristol to the west and Reading to the east and is 70 miles west of London. With a rich industrial history, today Swindon is a thriving centre for business and education. It’s easy to get to Swindon, which is off the M4 motorway and is also on the London to southwest England railway line. If you’re arriving by air, Swindon’s nearest airport is Bristol, which is 42 miles (68 km) away, while London Heathrow is just over 55 miles away. Getting around Swindon is easy since it has a good public transport system with frequent bus services.
Finding suitable accommodation here couldn’t be easier when you have SITU’s carefully selected range of serviced accommodation in Swindon to choose from. Whether you’re in town for work or leisure, allow SITU to guide you towards some of the best of the short term lets in Swindon.
Swindon has a long history of manufacturing. Thanks to its great location and motorway access, the town has easy access to a large part of the UK, making it attractive to the distribution sector. Today, Swindon’s economy is expanding in other areas.
Many of Swindon’s businesses are knowledge-intensive and include energy; information technology; advanced engineering and manufacturing; life sciences; and financial and professional services. Swindon is also a UK centre of excellence for hydrogen fuel cells. Swindon Council is committed to renewable energy and has ambitious renewable energy targets.
Swindon College is well-respected, with a good range of both further and higher education options; while Oxford Brookes University has a campus here where healthcare-related courses are taught. Student accommodation in Swindon for these courses is offered as shared housing and is managed by the university itself.
Businesses based in Swindon include the Nationwide Building Society, Intel Corporation (UK), Npower Ltd, and WH Smith. Organisations with their headquarters in Swindon include The National Trust, English Heritage, and the UK Space Agency. With so many large businesses based here, the organisation of corporate events in Swindon is also a thriving concern, with everything from team-building and learning new skills, to conferences and awards being offered.
Swindon’s business parks and industrial areas are numerous and are located both in Swindon’s city centre and on its outskirts. SITU has made a careful selection of corporate housing in Swindon for ease of travel to key business areas and ensures that there’s everything you need in these serviced apartments in Swindon to make your stay as productive as possible.
Swindon was established as a village in Saxon times and remained a small market town for hundreds of years. It was the coming of the railway that changed the fortunes of Swindon and led to it becoming the largest town in Wiltshire. In 1840 the Great Western Railway company selected Swindon as the site for its principal engine building and maintenance works in the town. Workers were brought in from other parts of the UK, and a village called ‘New Swindon’ was established to house them one mile north of the town, with cottages, a church, and shops. Old and New Swindon were separated by fields until 1900 when they merged together.
By 1901 Swindon’s population had soared to 45,000, and many public amenities were built to support its growth. In the first half of the 20th century, the railway works were the town's largest employer and were among the biggest in the country, with a workforce exceeding 14,500 people. Although the main industry was the railway works, other important sectors included quarrying and building, and the manufacture of agricultural machines and tools, as well as clothing, which employed a significant number of women.
At this time, Swindon’s population continued to expand, along with its housing and infrastructure. A further hospital was built, as well as a system of tramways, and a cemetery. After World War II it was decided that industry and people should be relocated from London to different places, and Swindon became one of these ‘overspill’ towns, increasing its population further.
During these years Swindon Council endeavoured to diversify Swindon’s industrial base, building its first industrial estates. In 1986 the railway works closed down, but Swindon had a broader economic base by this time. The town continued to be developed with the building of Swindon’s shopping centres, and the pedestrianisation of Swindon’s city centre. Today, Swindon is a thriving town with a growing population and economy that is firmly set to take on the future.
There are plenty of things to see and do during your visit to Swindon, from a simple day out visiting museums and sampling the town’s retail opportunities, to a relaxing nature ramble in one of its country parks and trails. Whatever you choose to do, staying in SITU’s self-catering accommodation in Swindon gives you the flexibility to build your day in your own way.
One of the must-see Swindon’s attractions is the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, which is housed in a listed railway building, and where the past really comes to life as you learn about the people who built and operated the Great Western Railway. Another interesting place to visit is the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, which has a nationally important collection of British art from the twentieth century. The museum also houses collections of objects dating from prehistory to the present day.
Coate Water Country Park is a great day out in the open air. Situated southeast of central Swindon, there’s plenty of open space with room to ramble by the lake and through the woodland and nature reserve. Shopping in Swindon is pleasantly varied too, from independent shops in the old town and Swindon’s city centre to the excellent out-of-town Swindon designer outlet where you can be sure to snap up a bargain.
Eating out in the town is also an adventure: the enormous choice offered by Swindon’s restaurants means that you’ll be sure to find something for every occasion, whether it’s sampling the tasty street food while you’re shopping, going out for afternoon tea, or visiting a cosy Italian or Thai restaurant in the evening. Swindon’s pubs are just as varied, with the likes of the Goddard Arms amongst the favourites .
Choose a pub with a relaxing garden or terrace, one with a real fire, or with a river or lakeside view – not to mention the venues with regular live music events. There really is a pub to suit your every mood. Of course, after your busy day or evening out, there’s nothing better than being able to return to your own cosy home-from-home and relax in one of SITU’s town centre apartments in Swindon.
Swindon is near to several airports. The closest are Bristol Airport, which is over 40 miles away; and Southampton Airport, at around 45 miles away. Heathrow Airport is over 55 miles from Swindon; while Birmingham is just about 60 miles away.
Onward travel to Swindon is easy from any of the airports, which are well-connect by road and rail. You can choose to stay in short term rentals in Swindon that suit you and your flight plans.
Swindon train station is situated to the north of the town centre and is a major hub for travel to London, Wales, and the southwest with trains running direct between London Paddington, Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol Temple Meads, and Cheltenham Spa.
Swindon Bus Station is just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, under the underpass towards The Parade. There is a regular and reliable service that runs around the town, as well as a hospital express service for the Great Western Hospital.
Coaches also run from Swindon Bus Station to UK cities and to international destinations. If you are a regular bus user, be sure to pick an apart-hotel in Swindon that suits you and your travel plans.