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Swindon  is a town of approximately 180,000 people  in the North East corner of Wiltshire, in southern England. 95% of the population are of White European descent  with Asian or Asian British making up the largest minority group. The population have a mean age of 37.18 years . The town has a lower than average unemployment rate  and car ownership is also slightly above the national average . The town is divided into two parliamentary constituencies. North Swindon  and South Swindon 
This town began its existence as a Saxon village, and derived its name from the Saxon words swine dun meaning pig hill. It grew when quarrying was begun nearby and canals increased trade, but it was the introduction of the railway in the mid 19th century that transformed Swindon from a village into a town.
In 1952 it was designated a "London overflow city" and the town entered a period of rapid development which continues to this day and has led the town to be described as the "Fastest Growing Town in Europe" .
Driving along the M4, take junctions 15 or 16 into Swindon. There are Park and Ride buses now available. Swindon's most defining road feature is the Magic Roundabout  built in 1972 it is the junction of five major roads into the town and is adjacent to the Country Ground, home of Swindon Town FC .
Swindon is the traditional home of the Great Western Railway  and is a major junction for trains serving the South West/Wales and mainline services to the Midlands (via Gloucester and Cheltenham). There is only one station but it has been recently improved  and now caters for over 2.3 million passengers a year  making it in the top 5% of busiest stations in the UK.
The town centre is small enough to walk through on foot.
Admission is free, Open: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 2pm-5pm.
There also many private and public stately Homes and gardens to see in the area, such as Avebury Manor and Garden,
Swindon is a small town yet there are plenty of things to do such as shopping and visiting the town museum and art gallery.
The town centre has mainly well known high street shops brands. McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Europe's largest indoor designer outlet in the unique setting of restored Victorian buildings. Built on the site of the old GWR railway works.
There are plenty different types of places to choose from, including traditional English and Irish pubs, Chinese and Indian restaurants, and cafes and bars.
For really good pubs it is advised you head out of town into the countryside a bit, however three of the more popular pubs are:
The Victoria Pub on Victoria Hill is excellent. Great food, a brilliant laugh free pub quiz on Wednesdays which involves snakes and ladders and cheating is encouraged! They are also a great music venue for all types of music encouraging unsigned bands. They also show films and have a great atmosphere.
Many hotels and B&Bs to choose from, Express by Holiday Inn, Hilton Hotel, De Vere Hotel.