A GREEN DAY OUT IN SWINDON

Swindon and its surrounding area has a stunning array of beautiful green spaces to rival any town in the UK. From beautiful Victorian parks in and around the town to the Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest road. Add to that our stately home gardens, wildlife reserves and areas of outstanding natural beauty – this really is a place to explore.

LYDIARD COUNTRY PARK

Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon. A Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden are set in 260 acres of parkland which surrounds a wonderful lake.

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COATE WATER COUNTRY PARK

This beautiful country park is a fantastic community resource providing a perfect setting and with a children’s playground, summer splash pool, all year café and space to run around, it makes for an enjoyable family day out. A Nature Reserve and a Site of Specific Scientific Interest means that the park is bursting with interesting bird and wildlife species and offers both fishing and birdwatching.

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STANTON COUNTRY PARK

This hidden gem is the holder of a Green Flag award. It has 36 hectares of parkland that includes the lake, woodland and grassland. Home to an exceptionally wide range of habitats, such as hedgerows, wildflower meadows, wetlands, and over 900 species of fungi. The park is home to a large variety of life including: birds of prey, wildfowl, amphibians, invertebrates and even bats. 

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BARBURY CASTLE & THE RIDGEWAY

Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. The Ridgeway has been in use since prehistoric times and its 87 mile long route passes through ancient landscapes, secluded valleys and woodland and is reputed to be Europe’s oldest road.

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OLD TOWN GARDENS

One of Swindon’s best kept secrets. These beautiful Victorian gardens with a café, Aviary and Rose Garden, even has its own Grade II listed bandstand and an Art Deco Concert Bowl, both hosting events in the summer months from brass bands and local art to festivals and live music in the summer months.

QUEEN'S PARK
 

Close to the centre of town this large park features a lake of around 2 acres. It is home to many species of wildfowl and contains a diverse range of ornamental trees and shrubs. The park has a Garden of Remembrance, officially opened by Princess Elizabeth on 15 November 1950 and commemorates those who died in WWII. It also has the Mesothelioma Memorial Garden opened in 2003, designed as a place for quiet contemplation. 


GWR/FARINGDON PARK

A simple large expanse of green close to the centre of the town, with ornamental gardens and a children's play park. The park dates from the 1840s when It was a popular venue for the railway workers' community and sporting events and later, holiding fetes and rallies.

THE LAWNS
 

Parkland with woods, meadows and lakes and featuring the remains of an Italian sunken garden and the site of Swindon’s original parish church – Holy Rood. This was once the estate of the Goddards, a prominent Swindon family. The beautiful walks offer fantastic views across the town and the park also hosts many summer events including the Old Town Festival.