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Where to Go in Swindon

Outside of settling into your new home, getting to know your surrounding town or city is one of the most exciting parts of moving house. But discovering all that your new home has to offer, from your new local pub to the struggle of finding a hairdresser that knows how to cut your hair the exact way you want it, can be difficult if you don’t have a few pointers on where to begin.

Luckily for you, we’ve asked around our local Swindon removals team and collected together some of the more popular places to eat, drink and shop in Swindon.

Whilst we can’t help you find that magic haircut, we can at least offer you a few places to drown your sorrows over that new fringe.

Shopping

McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Kemble Drive

Whilst there’s a multitude of shopping areas in Swindon, including Brunel Shopping Centre and the re-opened tented market, we’d be remiss if we didn’t focus on the most popular shopping spot in town.

The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, or the Swindon Designer Outlet centre, is the biggest covered designer outlet in Europe, and with shops from the Body Shop to Kurt Geiger, has everything you could possibly need to completely re-update your wardrobe.

The parking is reasonable enough to spend a whole day there; with restaurants inside, and being located adjacent to the STEAM museum, featured on our guide to What to Do in Swindon, it’s definitely easy enough to do so.

Drinking

Whether you’re looking for a venue to impress, or just a good old fashioned pub quiz, Swindon’s got a wide range of venues to suit every need.

Level 3 at The Rolleston, Commercial Road

Swindon’s oldest and greatest live music venue is perfect for getting you up close and intimate with some of the best local and touring acts around.

Start off at the pub next door, the Rolleston Arms, where the friendly staff, excellent beer and jukebox start off the night with a, reasonably priced, bang, before heading next door for the band. 

Level 3 is an ideal size to see the action wherever you are, whether you like to get stuck in the pit, or stay above it all in the Mezzanine. And better yet, the prices are the exact same as the pub next door, so no nasty surprises when you offer to buy everyone that extra round.

Baila, Victoria Road

An independent coffee and vinyl store by day, and a bar by night (from Thurs-Sun), Baila is Swindon’s coolest venue by a long shot. Located right in the heart of Old Town, Baila is right at the centre of Swindon’s best nightlife, and the relaxed vibes and impressive list of cocktails make it an excellent place to take those ‘casual after works drinks’ into the weekend. Especially on a Friday, when you can sip their selection of craft beers and classic cocktails alongside a live DJ, playing the best in funk and soul.

The Royal Oak, Old Town

Swindon’s premier, and only, Gin and Oyster bar, the Royal Oak in Old Town is an excellent place to take a first date you’re desperate to impress. Stocking over 100 gins, a range of champagnes that cater to every budget, knowledgeable bar staff and an excellent cocktail menu, the Royal Oak is an excellent place to kick off a night in Old Town, or to find a cosy corner to spend the night. The Oysters of the Gin and Oyster bar are freshly and locally sourced, and you know what they say about oysters…

They also host regular events, so, if you’re a gin connoisseur - even if you’re flying solo - the Royal Oak should definitely be on your list of things to tick off in Swindon.

Eating

Greek Olive, Farringdon Road

A Greek owned, family run restaurant, the Greek Olive does exactly what you would expect, but very, very, well. Head chef Michael, with over 20 years experience cooking Hellenic cuisine, serves up a range of traditional recipes with ingredients sourced directly from the homeland to give you the authentic taste of the Mediterranean.

One of the best rated, and most loved, restaurants in Swindon - and definitely not just because of the small bribes of a complimentary baklava and limoncello shot - the Greek Olive’s wonderful staff and fantastic food are definitely not to be missed.

Eggelicious E3, Brunel Shopping Centre

Eggelicious E3 and her sister bistro, E2, share the same ethos of serving ‘slow food fast’. Which means there’s no packet sauce nor complex gourmet recipes here, but fresh, healthy and uncomplicated food which is prepared and served fresh every single day.

The communal dining space traces back to Eggelicious’ beginnings in the tented market in Swindon, over 8 years ago. And with stellar staff and friendly service, you’ll leave Eggelicious full and with a little warmth in your heart.

And don’t worry meat eaters, they don’t just serve eggs!

Los Gatos, Old Town

The authentic tapas and Spanish paella served at Los Gatos is enough to make anyone do a double take when you head out the door and remember you’re just in Swindon. An Old Town staple for over a decade, Los Gatos has been as busy from its hectic opening night, to this day, and after eating there it’s really no surprise why.

With an ambient atmosphere, warm staff, an extensive wine menu and even better food - including their hand rolled meatballs - you can forget the flights to Seville, and just come here.

Open for lunch and for the evening, with an equally wide choice of food in both, Los Gatos is an ideal place to while away a sunny afternoon with a cold beer, or spend the night. And you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone with anything less than a rave review about it.

If you haven’t already, check out our guide to the best things to do in Swindon for a list of the best family and solo days out in and around the town.

If you’re considering moving to Swindon, and have any questions about the logistics of your move, or the place itself, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team on 01793 619094.

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