Adventures around Swindonwith PlusBus

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Swindon is known as a centre for business. All kinds of companies have national headquarters here including the National Trust. The buzzing Swindon Designer Outlet attracts shoppers from far and wide to find bargains in a former Great Western Railway building. But this big Wiltshire town is also a great hub for exploring ancient and beautiful countryside, downs, woods, thatched villages and interesting parkland. Add PlusBus for a small extra fee when you buy your train ticket to Swindon and you can explore all day by bus. Here are just three of the many adventures you could have.

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  • Great for: good cafés and pubs | industrial heritage | parks and gardens | Shopping | walking |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in October 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Country pub walks

    For a totally different kind of outing around Swindon, hop on bus 49 towards Devizes and hope off in Wroughton, where you can have coffee in a thatched pub and even hike up to Barbary Castle on the ancient Ridgeway. On route, the bus passes through Swindon’s Old Town, close to sights like the Wyvern Theatre and Town Gardens.

    • The flower-decked White Hart pub in the pretty village of Wroughton is almost next to the bus stop, and you reach it about 12 minutes after the bus leaves Swindon bus station (Bay 9).
    • Walk a few more steps in the direction the bus was going to find the White Hart. If you want to work up an appetite for a hearty pub lunch, walk a little way back up the same road, turn right into Sun Lane and keep straight on tarmac paths. At the end you will find the main entrance into Clout Woods with a network of footpaths, spring and summer flowers, great autumn colour and views across Wroughton and Swindon.
    • If you’re feeling really energetic, you could hike three miles up from the village to the Ridgeway to visit Barbury Castle, a striking iron age hill fort with spectacular views and chalk land butterflies.
    • And watch this space: the Science Museum is opening its National Collections Centre in this area in 2024 with a bus stop right outside – another exciting place to visit with a PlusBus ticket.