Swindon, steam locomotive, Museum of the Great Western Railway
Pic by the Museum of the Great Western Railway

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Swindon’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from info@townsof2halves.co.uk). For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Visit Swindon or Swindon Event.

Links to Swindon attractions include:
Coate Water Country Park
Lydiard Park
Museum of Computing
Richard Jefferies Museum
Steam: Museum of the Great Western Railway
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

The Swindon Crocodile: ‘its long, thin snout suggests an animal called a gharial’

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“As for the stadium itself, it claims to have been the first football ground in the country to be equipped with floodlights (in 1951). They were not necessary for the tedious 0-0 draw we sat through – or, at least, most of it. We left early.”
“At the museum reception I said to the young woman: ‘We’re first-time and possibly only-time visitors: what should we not miss?’ The collection of modern British art, she said, without having to stop and think, adding cryptically ‘and the crocodile.'”
“Whether a sculpture or an example of the taxidermist’s art, or indeed whether it is a crocodile at all are questions that it would take another visit and forensic examination to resolve. The crocodile is a family attraction and we felt self-consciously male and elderly in their company. A glance, then, and we left. Its long, thin snout suggests an animal called a gharial.”
These are taken from the Swindon chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To order a copy, email info@townsof2halves.co.uk.