Prosperity chugged into
Swindon in the 1830s with the arrival of
Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western
In 1839 the former country-bumpkin town became the company’s main locomotive centre on the London-Bristol line.
Swindon is now an important place of pilgrimage for lovers of old-fashioned steam trains, epitomised by a museum called ‘STEAM’.
Renovated rail buildings are also home to Europe's largest covered designer shopping outlet.
Nearby, The Ridgeway is Europe's oldest road.