What Is It Like Living In Swindon?


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Dating back to the Saxon era, Swindon has grown from being a small market town into one of the 10 places in the UK to earn a living.

This thriving city is located in southwest England in Wiltshire and during the industrial revolution was a powerhouse. It has been able to successfully navigate the heavy industry’s post-war slump and has attracted the knowledge-based sector that has resulted in having some of the country’s highest average incomes.

Swindon has the M4 at its doorstep and has convenient connections to major connections like Bath, Oxford, Reading, and Bristol, with all of them being just a 30 to 35 miles drive. London is just 78 miles away from Swindon, making the city a great base for commuters attracted by the beautiful Cotswolds countryside and competitive housing prices. With its Fast Growth City status and major businesses such as Nationwide, Intel, and Dyson setting up shop in the city, Swindon is definitely a place to keep an eye on.

If you are still uncertain, the following are additional reasons for choosing to move and live in Swindon.


Transport links

Swindon is located on the Great Western Railway’s main line between London Paddington and Bristol. It is served by numerous, fast daily inter-city services. Bristol is only 22 minutes away and London Paddington is a 55-minute trip. Kemble, the gateway for the Cotswolds, may be reached in under 15 minutes.

In addition, Swindon has several bus and coach services that travel throughout the city as well as beyond. Stagecoach made a £3m investment in 2018 to modernise one of the busier routes linking Oxford with the Swindon bus station. These days, the route is served by 12 buses on a daily basis, along with many more that link Swindon with neighbouring cities and towns like Reading and Bristol. The city also provides several cycling routes for those commuting on two wheels along with beautiful countryside trips that are only a short drive away from National Cycle Route 45.

The location of Swindon north of the M4 motorway provides easy access by car to Wales and the South West. Two motorway exits, Swindon West (Junction 16) and Swindon East (Junction 15) provide easy access both to and from the city. The A419 trunk road running along the eastern edge of Swindon can be taken to reach the West Midlands and Cotswolds.

Swindon is not for the faint of heart and is renowned for its Magic Roundabout. However, thee are no signs of Zebedee anywhere, and as the fourth scariest junction in the UK, it offers a trip that is very different. Find out more about transport here

Nearest stations:

  • Kemble
  • Chippenham
  • Didcot Parkway
  • Swindon

Schools in Swindon

There are 11 secondary schools and 53 primary schools, with eight rated as outstanding and 58 as good by Ofsted. Some of the most popular choices include the Drove Primary School and Croft Primary School. When it comes to secondary schools, favorites of local parents include St Joseph’s Catholic College, Sixth Form College, and Ridgeway School. Uplands School also provides strong support for students and an impressive SEN curriculum, with additional complex needs and a range of various learning difficulties.

Swindon College provides a wide range of higher education part-time and full-time courses in everything from computing and civil engineering to design and art. There is an Oxford Brookes University campus in Swindon offering numerous healthcare-related courses.

There are several nurseries located throughout the city along with a broad selection of toddler and baby activities and groups that are offered for younger family members.

Amenities and leisure

Swindon is a shopper’s paradise, offering a high street that is fully pedestrianised featuring a mixture of big-name retailers and boutiques, a charming Old Town offering a wide selection of shops, bars, and independent cafes, along with five impressive retail parks, which includes the Swindon Designer Outlet located in the Great Western Railway Works’ Grade II listed buildings. The Regent Circus’s new development in the centre of the city will be offering a six-screen cinema and numerous dining options.

Whether you just want a casual place where you can enjoy a mouth-watering meal or are a big foodie, Swindon offers it all due to an impressive selection of dining options from traditional British and Asian cuisines to Greek and Italian. For more inspiration see Trip Advisor’s guide to dining in Swindon.

There are several gyms that help keep Swindon residents fit. A popular choice is David Lloyd offering a kids’ club, creche, and state-of-the-art equipment. The Link Centre is excellent for a trampoline, swimming, or skate session. For the family’s younger members, the Oasis Leisure Centre’s slides and wave machine are always very popular.

The Great Western Railway’s award-winning Steam Museum and the Museum of Computing, are well worth a visit and both do exactly what is advertised.

For a nice fix of fresh air, head outside to the impressive and spacious 260-acre Lydiard Park. It includes the enjoyable treetop Jungle Parc, the gorgeous Old Town Gardens of Swindon, or the Coate Water County Park. The impressive Cotswold villages are at your doorstep, so there has never been a better time to enjoy an obligatory afternoon tea and a nice walk.

Crime & Safety

If you are considering moving to Swindon, you will be glad to hear that the city was voted as one of the safest places in the UK to live. Swindon takes its resident’s safety very seriously. The city has a Swindon Community Safety Partnership that is comprised of the Police Crime Commissioner, South Western Ambulance Service, Wilshire Fire and Rescue, and the Swindon Borough Council. In addition, Swindon was one of the very first cities to have a business improvement district (BID). It was introduced in 2007. The Swindon BID is still a successful business-led initiative of almost 500 local businesses that work with other partners and local authorities to ensure that Swindon has a welcoming and safe town centre.

Help Moving to Swindon

If you are looking for help moving house or office to Swindon, A.Luckes and Son Removals & Storage based in Swindon are one of  the best local movers in Swindon. Get a free moving quote by calling 01793 431 431 

Or visiting our website and filling out the online quote form https://www.removals-swindon.co.uk/online-quote/