Your dog will love a cottage holiday in Swindon
Never underestimate the charms of Swindon! If you’re looking for a great destination for a break, then be sure to check out our dog-friendly holiday cottages in Swindon. With superb shopping, great places to eat and a wealth of attractions, you and your pooch will find plenty to see and do.
It was the Great Western Railway that put the town on the map, and there’s plenty of evidence of Swindon’s railroad history. Choosing one of our dog-friendly cottages in Swindon not only gives you easy access to the town, but puts you in the perfect position to explore some of Wiltshire’s most popular attraction such as Stonehenge and Avebury.
Swindon has some superb, dog-friendly pubs and restaurants where your dog will be as welcome as you are. For lunchtime eats, check out Darkroom Espresso and The Tea Chest, for tea, coffee and light bites. For dinners or a quiet drink, The Bakers Arms, The Clifton, and The Sun Inn are all happy to admit dogs, as long as they’re on their best behaviour.
Dog-friendly things to do
Set in the middle of Wiltshire, Swindon is the perfect base for exploring further afield. In addition to the major landmarks, you’ll find some smaller, lesser-known places to explore. To help you make the most of your downtime, we’ve put together some of our favourite dog-friendly spots:
Little more than half an hour’s drive from Swindon, Lacock is a charming medieval village. In addition to a 13th Century abbey, in which dogs are welcome to roam the grounds, Lacock is home to some tranquil country walks.
Iford Manor Gardens
With Stratford-upon-Avon less than an hour’s drive away, you can’t pass up a chance to explore Iford Manor Gardens! With two and a half acres featuring hidden columns, ivy-strewn statues, and landscaped flower beds, it’s a beautiful spot for a stroll and a sniff around. Styled by Edwardian architect Harold Peto after the Italian gardens of the time, it’s the ideal place to leave everything behind you and just relax.
Crofton Beam Engines
Whether you’re visiting Swindon in the heat of summer or the chill of winter, there’s nothing to beat a riverside stroll. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Swindon, the Crofton Beam Engines are two steam-powered, beam pumping engines, which were originally used to supply water to the highest points of the Kennet and Avon Canal. A stunning reminder of the ingenuity of the Industrial Revolution, the engines are set in outstanding grounds, while narrowboats and barges chug lazily along the water.