Uffington White Horse
The internationally-renowned Uffington White Horse is approximately 6 miles from Shrivenham. It can be seen from miles away and is a dramatic image on the edge of the Ridgeway National Trail. The mystery of why the horse was created still remains. It can only be seen fully from the air, so perhaps it was a sign to the ancient gods, or a mark of territorial ownership. Interestingly, it is the only one to face right. The horse is dated as 1000BC - others in the area date from the late eighteenth century through to 1937.
Badbury Hill - known to locals as Badbury Clump, is renowned for bluebells in the spring and a favourite spot for ramblers. It is on the site of an Iron Age hill-fort. It has not yet been excavated, but a number of Iron Age pot shards and Roman pot pieces have helped to date the continuous settlement of the hill. It is believed that prisoners of war planted the beech trees while they were held captive in the area.
Coate Water Country Park
Coate Water is a large park with a 56 acre reservoir so offers many activities for the visitor. You can take a walk along the many paths around the park or you could try your hand at the pitch and putt or one of the orienteering courses. There are areas to fish, bird watch, play, picnic and even barbecue. See their website for more information.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Located near Burford, 14 miles from Shrivenham, Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House. There are interesting collections of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates from all over the world. See their website for more information.
Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway
The story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway told at Stream - Museum of the GWR. Situated in the old Swindon Railway Works which was once one of the largest railway engineering sites in the world. For vistor information see their website.
Didcot Railway Centre
Here you will find a collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics. Thomas the Tank Engine often visits which is a great day out for children. Find out more on their website.
Lydiard House & Country Park
Lydiard Park is a beautiful 260 acre 18th Century parkland on the western edge of Swindon. Open all year round it includes the striking house (pictured above) with many of its original contents. As well as visiting the house and grounds, there are many fun interactive, events and days out for both adults and children. More information from their website.