If shopping is your bag, make a beeline for Swindon's fully pedestrianised centre - the Brunel and Parade shopping centres are home to all the high street favourites. Up the hill past the relaxing green expanse of Queen's Park, you'll find Old Town, with a welcoming mix of independent shops, pubs, cafes and bars.
Old Town is also home to the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, which has a notable collection of 20th-century British art; and the 200-seat Arts Centre, which hosts music, comedy, original drama and more. The town's other major venue, the Wyvern Theatre, is in the centre near Regent Circus.
To trace the story of Swindon's industrial past, head for the STEAM Museum on the former site of the Swindon Railway Works. Here, in the remaining buildings of what was one of the largest railway engineering complexes in the world, you can find out all about the people, ideas and machinery that made up the Great Western Railway.
Opposite the museum there's another opportunity for shopping in the shape of the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, the biggest undercover shopping centre of its kind in Europe.