South Marston is the ideal West Country touring base. Whichever way you travel out of the town, you will very shortly arrive at a site of special historic interest, or just a location for a great day out.
North of Swindon lies the Cotswolds, with the Cotswold Water Park and the Cotswold Wildlife Park just a short drive away. The picturesque town of Lechlade-on-Thames - straddling the first navigable stretch of the great river - is always worth a visit.
Choose to drive west instead, and you will soon be at Bowood House or Lacock Abbey.
Take the road south and you will be travelling through the beautiful Marlborough Downs. Or choose the road south-west and visit the truly magnificent stone circle at Avebury.
East will take you into Berkshire or Oxfordshire and the magnificent ancient monument of Uffington White Horse.
It is clear that the biggest problem facing you in South Marston is that you have so many choices it is difficult to decide what to do!
You'll never be lost for things to do and see in Swindon. The town is famous for the Great Western Railway works, which has today been brought alive at the award-winning museum STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway. Swindon is also enriched with Victorian parks and gardens, areas of extended woodlands, museums, galleries and centres of heritage like Lydiard House, an elegant Georgian abode set in rolling parkland.
Shop till you drop in the town centre or at the fabulous McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Centre or small curiosity shops in Old Town.
If sport is your thing then look no further – ice skating, swimming, hiking, cycling, golf, ten pin bowling, tennis, horse riding – plus much more. Whatever your sport Swindon’s got it covered.
There are a number of museums and heritage sites celebrating Swindon's industrial past and for anyone interested in buildings and architecture, the National Monuments Record Centre should not be missed. And if our industrial heritage appeals to you, then you will want to check out the overflow facility of the Science Museum at Wroughton.