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"Our site a mile from the attractions of Oxford city. Catch a bus from outside the site."
Just over a mile from the city centre, our Oxford campsite is the perfect base for visiting the beautiful university city. Bring your bike, take advantage of the excellent public transport or simply enjoy walking.
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Oxford Club Site is great for shopping and
exploring the colleges. - C Thomas
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Oxford Camping and Caravanning Club Site426 Abingdon RoadOxfordOxfordshireOX1 4XG
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John Tompsett, Carol Tompsett
Athough site facilities old and dated, they are kept scrupulously clean by the extremely helpful wardens. Excellent for visiting Oxford with park and ride adjacent.
DATE STAYED: May 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Active break
Excelllent position for access to city of Oxford - lovely river walk or bus from outside the site. However, due to problems with the lease, the site is tired and needs major renovating. The toilets were clean but inadequate ( the ladies only had 5 toilets functioning out of 14) , similarly the showers. Very friendly and helpful wardens who work hard to make the site as attractive as possible under the circumstances
DATE STAYED: April 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Younger couples
Where else could you get a lovely layout and quiet campsite so close to a city. So handy. 1.5mile walk to Oxford and bus stop very close if you don't want to walk. Although you can walk by the road it's much nicer along the river. So you can have both-a city or country side. My wife and I walked along the river to Abingdon, about 8 miles from campsite. mind you we did have a bus back!! The people who ran the campsite were very helpful and pleasant.. We will go again and next time we will take our cycles.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
just came back from 8nights at the site, found wardens very friendly and helpful,they saw us safely on pitch, gave us a run down on where everything was,all in all, marvellous.All the talk of very dated shower blocks,etc, needs to be explained. apparently, the site is leased by the club on a very short term basis, so it obviously makes it very difficult to invest the sort of money they would like, for updating.
I understand there is some legal problem to be overcome before plans that are in place can be instigated.
having said all that, the facilitys are spotless, and we certainly would like to come back.
finally, do not be put off by bad reviews, yes there is a certain amount of noise, but it is a town site, and it is near to the motorway, but it certainly didn't keep us awake.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
excellent site to visit oxford can walk by road or by river about thirty minuets .staff very helpful and polite ,toilets clean and tidy
As motorhome owners this site is ideal for easy access, the park and ride into Oxford is right next door. It is a shame the club only have a yearly lease as this prohibits them investing in improvements. E.G the toilet block which is very outdated. The good location of this site in my opinion outweighs it's shortcomings.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Younger couples
Booked with site on the day of arrival & the person taking my call was very helpful. Easy to find & access okay. Great location to stroll into the City on the road, stroll along the Thames or use park & ride which is just outside the site. Facilities are dated because the site is on an annual lease but kept in great condition. Go Outdoors is next door if you need kit or want to wander about on a wet afternoon. Spar shop 10 minutes walk. Try The Duke of Monmouth pub just 10 mins walk towards Oxford, cheap pub food & a couple of real ales. Great site, great location, we'll be going again!
DATE STAYED: April 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break
Can't understand why previous reviews found fault with the facilities. They were very clean with plenty of hot water in the showers, which is surely all you need, after all it is a camp site!
Site is well situated to expl;ore Oxford. There is a pleasent walk along the Thames in to the city, and a bus stop just outside the site as well. The staff were friendly and helpfull. We have just had a very enjoable weekend.
DATE STAYED: March 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
The site is an ideal location for Oxford and surrounding areas as very close to Park and Ride and bus services, The site facilities are very tired and need updating (shower cubicles flooded and did not drain quickly therefore needed to dress in the main area to stop clothes getting wet). The shower blocks were very cold with only one very small heater (we have a larger one in our small bathroom at home) and thus would not class this as an all year campsite. I would recommend this site to friends if they come in the warmer weather.
DATE STAYED: February 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
My wife & I love this site. It may not have the most modern toilets & showers, but so what? They're clean & they work & the wardens are friendly so what more do you want?. It's just a 20 + minute riverside walk into the centre of Oxford - or there's a bus at the entrance if you prefer. We look forward to revisiting.
DATE STAYED: March 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Just returned from our first trip to Oxford site and the first outing for our motorhome. Site was wet (due recent fou weather) so sit managers were placing motorhomes on the access roads rather than pitches, giving careful attention to campers plans to make access and departure easy. Although experienced campers, we are novices to the motorhome world, so kind advice was willingly offered and accepted. Likewise, advice on dog walking locally, good walk routes into town etc. We will be be back in Oxford very soon, I am quite sure. Thank you for your help. Mike and Julia
DATE STAYED: January 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
The facility block was kept clean and tidy by the Manager and his staff, BUT needs modernising and the toilet and shower compartments are too narrow, floors of shower get very wet when in use making it difficult to keep clothes dry when getting dressed. Otherwise good site handy for the buses into the city and otherconnecting locations.
DATE STAYED: November 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Groups
I think the club should be renamed camping and complaining club going by past reviews . Taught me not to take any notice ! Nearly never chose this site . It's a great little site with excellent access to Oxford . Staff were great , facilities very clean and warm showers . It's a city site , so yes it's noisy surely if you want P + Q you would not choose a city location . Would I go again YES. I think people who put on negative reviews should look around more and appreciate the hard work the wardens put in and how disheartening it must be to read bad reviews when it's mostly out of their control .
hi great start to my new camping caravan experiance nice frindly staff graham was realy nice he helpped to connect our gas and only charged Â£ 5 pounds to do this job which gave us so much peace of mind to know it was connected by a gas trades man do any other sites offer this service will join the club soon
DATE STAYED: September 2008
Prior to going to the site I had read all the reviews and was concerned with the many bad reviews about the noise,the failure of the electriccity supply and the smell from the toilets. We were met by Gary and Tina the wardens and they could not have been more friendly. We had a site next to the toilet block and had no problems at all with any smells. The toilets were nice and clean but two of the showers had what appeared to be soil in the drainaway for the three days we were there. The shower I used was excellent and my wife said there was nothing wrong with the Ladies.
There was noise during the evening, like a generator going but I never discovered the source. never hearsd a noise from the dairy unless thatwas thenoise I could hear, but any noise stopped before 11pm. We were warned to be carefule with the electric on arrival as it was only 10amp.(the club need to upgrade this) but with careful juggling we managed it without problem.
we visited thepub which was about 1/4 hours walk away as for Â£6.99 you got an 8oz rump with trimmings and a pint.
We walked there and back to Oxford city centre on successive days. it was a 35 minute steady walk. We had a very enjoyable stay, the site is excellent for visiting Oxford and I cannot say to much about the helpfulness of the wardens.
DATE STAYED: October 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Don't know why people moan about site facilities found them very clean plenty of hot water etc.As for dairy and trains didn't disturb me good nights sleep was had by all.
only comment is walk down main rd into oxford as its quicker than walking cycle route.Will visit again as its close to my daughters.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
We arrived relatively late on a busy night (all sites with electricity were booked out) but the staff were just wonderful and so incredibly friendly. We have just finished two weeks touring England, and absolutely place this site as our favourite of them all as the staff were simply wonderful. The site had all the facilities we needed and were in great condition.
Potentially a good site, but badly let down by the 'tired' facilities, although these were clean enough. No doubt the site gets many foreign as well as 'Brit' campers visiting the beautiful City of Oxford. I hope they do not think that this site is the normal standard of Club sites in the UK. It must surely be due for an update soon.
SUITABLE FOR: Families
As new members, our first visit to a Club site. We caravan all over the UK and Europe and have used a lot of different sites in different countries. This site was full of foreign visitors - and we felt ASHAMED of it. Oxford should be a 'flagship' site for the club. The staff were wonderful and had done their very best. The site floods in heavy rain - how about clearing the adjacent stream - that should help a good deal. How about re-painting the welcome cabin? But at the very least - replace those dreadful outdated toilets and showers. They give a very poor impression to our continental neighbours of both Oxford and the Club. Spend some money here and forget about new sites for the time being. The access instructions should be amended, duting our two night stay at least five visitors drove up the nearby cul-de-sac. Consult your wardens - they are more than aware of the problem and a much easier alternative is easily available. On a positive note, the bus stop was only just round the corner - also the park and ride, so it was very handy for the centre of Oxford. We will never return until those facilities are up-dated - and we understand from friends that Canterbury is even worse. Another important tourist site. We booked a private site near Ashford instead of the club Canterbury site and it proved to be fantastic with ultra modern spotless toilet facilities.Cost - Â£16 per night. Some lessons to be learned here.
DATE STAYED: September 2012
I had to alter my original plans and was unable to move my booking back a couple of days as I was told by on-site staff there was not any space. I lost my deposit but got another site to book me in on the new dates without a problem. The people on site that I dealt with were great. The facilities are very old and toilets smell but the staff do try hard to keep them useable.
This site is all about location as it is easy to get into Oxford by bus and bike. A cycle route takes you safely into Oxford centre and follow route 5 you eventually end up at Blenheim Palace which is worth a visit.
Location also makes this site very noisy all through the night with both trains and a transport company battling for the audible space.
I've looked through other feedback and cannot see where the top marks come from, they are not realistic but visit if you want Oxford.
Recently stayed at site, unfortunately within hours of our arrival my husband was taken ill & was admitted to JR Hospital. The site managers were so helpful and kind & made a very stressfull time tolerable. It was a busy weekend with the site being fully booked & as we were only booked from wednesday -saturday they made it possible for me & my husband when he was released from hospital to stay on site until necessary. I cannot thank them enough! The site is very well positioned for easy access into the city centre with a good bus service. Because the site is near the main road it can be a bit noisy at times but because of the location it is well worth a visit. Beautifully kept site will definitly go back again.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Younger couples
* (Go Outdoors ) on site very handy
* staff friendly and helpful
* very clean toilet block/showers
* very easy access to centre of Oxford
bus stop outside site Â£2.60 day
return ( 30th august 2012)
* 8 minutes on bus to centre
* local Nisa shop 10 minutes stroll from site
* if in tent (TAKE EAR PLUGS) Dairy Crest loading HGV'S up from 1-4:30 in morning then very busy trains 1 every 3 minutes and running river*
would book again but in a caravan or Motor home would not camp there again VERY NOISY
We were a couple of very first time campers and we took our 3 dogs with us. We received a very friendly welcome and information from the staff and our dogs were welcomed too. great on site facilities everything you could need and clean .we used the site as our starting point for adventures in Oxford and beyond a central site for motorway access if you want to explore further. A great mix of people and nationalities using the site very friendly and willing to share advice and experiences. A great introduction for a couple of newbies. I would recommend this site to other dog owners. Thank you for a great stay.
Toilet & shower facilities in need of updating. They were very clean but on 2 occasions there was a strong drainage smell. Close to a rail line & trains could be heard late at night. However, a lovely site. Friendly staff. No problems with our electrics. Great for walking and cycling along the Thames Path. Oxford town centre is very near. Nice pub within 10 mins walk of site - Duke of Monmouth - reasonable priced food and drink. Will definitely return.
Easy bus trip into Oxford from park and drive close by ,
Easy journey from motorway M40
Site kept clean and tidy .
Electrics kept tripping out and I note
from other reviews this seems to be a regular occurrence .
facilities are kept and cleaned well but
require updating , water sometimes hot
and sometimes cold when having a shower
some taps working , some not ,
Overall we enjoyed our two night stop in Oxford albeit with electrics for one full night out of the two, but would stay again if I wanted to visit Oxford
DATE STAYED: July 2012
Knew of no kids play area and no balls allowed, but nearest playpark not safe for kids alone and convered with dog poo. Put onto pitch with insufficient room for gazebo (which we'd booked in), and as it turned out our pitch was not drained so we got flooded in rain. Noisy toilet door and men (campers!) swearing at toilet block at 0650 on Sat morning! Not going back and not renewing membership ;-(
New member so for our first use of a club site we were impressed.
We were, perhaps lucky our pitch was a reasonable way from the railway line, so the trains were not a problem!
Great place to stay to explore Oxford, various bus options just outside the gate!
Would like to have stayed longer, but unfortunately fully booked for the following week, so just had two nights there, good time had by all!
DATE STAYED: June 2012
Very friendly helpful staff at a good location for exploring Oxford, on foot or public transport. Easily accessed too. But badly let down by shabby facilities in need of renovation. Staff having an uphill struggle with electricity problems and half the showers out of order while we were there.Also, understandably in view of location, not a peaceful site, but on balance well worth a visit.
Good site. Very convenient for the Park and Ride bus in to the city. There were recurrent problems with the electricity supply while we were there, but the staff did all they could to minimise the problems (we were self-sufficient, thankfully!). I would recommend this site if you wish to visit the city of dreaming spires or the surrounding area. We'll be going back!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
Close to park and ride for Oxford centre.
My wife had to work at the last minute so I went early to set up and my wife joined me later. But, they have a rule of one car per pitch. According to the condescending "jobsworths" in the shop, that rule can not be bent for anyone, even though there were a dozen or so empty parking spaces near our pitch and numerous empty pitches. I was not impressed at all with their customer service.
Our friends bought an extra awning for the tent as the weather was wet. But, that then broke the "6 meter spacing" rule as it brought our tents closer together. Another condescending "jobsworth" eventually relented so they didn't have to take their tent down and move it a meter.
The site is very noisy as there is a railway line next to the site. Trains seemed to park up and leave their engines running for long periods. There is also a factory nearby that made lots of noise early in the morning.
The showers were only lukewarm and some of the taps on the sinks don't work.
Needless to say, we won't be going again.
Staff very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Toilets and showers were clean. Very handy for travel into Oxford and surrounding area. Noise from local businesses wasn't a problem.
DATE STAYED: May 2012
I came to Oxford for a reunion and as the regalla was on found accomodation hard to find. After looking at some very dodgy B&B's I thought I would tent it and was not dissappointed. Very friendly welcome on arrival - the grounds were well kept and even though there was limited shade for the tents it was manageable. Staff were helpful with directions and even looked after my car keys rather than leaving them in an unsecured tent. Convenient to Oxford city centre via a nice walk down the Thames. I have read soem of the reviews about the toilet bloke but it was reasonable with hot wateer in the showers. One of the toilets had apperently been broken for a week? but there were plenty of others. Defintely will reconsider this option again as opposed to dodgy B&B's.
Our party arrived in two separate contingents. Both arrivals were made to feel unwelcome by the wardens. We had made the unfortunate mistake of not realising that we were only allowed one vehicle with our tent and had to park the other vehicle offsite. We did not have an issue with this but when I asked for advice on where to park the vehicle the warden was not at all helpful and replied "you can't park in the Go Outdoors car park as they have CCTV" and then was told "we will check you know"! They were also very unhelpful to a couple who were trying to book a pitch for two nights, telling them it was full. There were several spaces for both of these nights, including one on either side of us. It was our first ever visit to Oxford and the first impression was unfortunate. Luckily we met extremely friendly people (including the manager of Go Outdoors!) for the rest of the weekend wherever we went so will return - but not to this campsite. (This is the first negative review I have ever written but felt the need)
A very conveniently located site with very friendly and helpful staff (Thank You).
The toilet and shower block are rather old-fashioned, but very clean, and completely adequate. Water from other showers runs through the back in a gutter, but this isn't really a problem. Plenty of hot water.
There is noise from the railway, so if you are a light sleeper this may affect you (it didn't bother us).
Easy access for Oxford via many buses. A convenience store within a 5 minute walk with long opening hours. Kids play area also a short walk.
Exiting through the outdoor goods shop car-park on a Sunday lunchtime was interesting...
This site is excellent for visiting Oxford. Park and Ride opposite the entrance Â£2.40 return or like me free with bus pass, frequent service and last bus back 2330 hrs. The wardens are very friendly and helpful a credit to the club. The site is all grass pitches. Toilet block was fine plenty hot water but maybe chilly in cold weather. All in all we had a great stay, we weren't disturbed by trains or road noise. Well done Oxford.
A lovely place contrary to some reviews. Very friendly and helpful staff. Very convenient to Oxford centre and the park and ride made it very easy to travel in and out without worrying about parking. Would highly recommend. The shower/toilet blocks could do with updating but as the owners only get a 12 month lease, it is hardly surprising they don't want to pay out. However, they are kept very clean and we never had a problem with hot water for showers or washing up. We look forward to returning.
We stayed here for four nights over Easter. We arrived rather apprehensive after having read some reviews, but were relieved to find that we enjoyed our visit very much indeed. The Wardens were extremely welcoming and helpful; they worked very hard to keep the site attractive and spotlessly clean; the facilities are dated but immaculate.The wardens make sure that everyone is set up and happy, offering help if needed.The site itself is only a few streets away from a lovely riverside walk (of about half an hour)into the City past boathouses and fields, coming into Oxford opposite Christ Church meadows - perfect!We found it an ideal site from which to explore Oxford and left it determined to come again - soon.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
As others have posted I would just like to point out that this site is not terrible like some people seem to imply! We booked here for 2 nights to visit Oxford and the site is handily placed for the town which is about a 40 minute walk away. As others have stated the park and ride is close by and there are regular buses every few minutes along Abingdon Road.
If you are looking for the entrance it is right alongside the large blue Outdoor shop. The site is well kept and the Wardens (2012) extremely pleasant and friendly. There is a convenience store a few hundred yards down Abingdon Road as well as a couple of pubs doing food. However, there are so many buses that getting into town is no issue at all.
The site is wedged between the river and train line on one side and housing along Abingdon Road on the other. So it is never going to be rural tranquillity (it's virtually in the centre of a city - what do you expect!). People in tents may find the trains a tad noisy but we had little disturbance in our van.
The shower block is old and in normal circumstances would probably have been upgraded but I believe that the club only have the site on a short lease; so major investment would not be sensible. The facilities are perfectly clean and useable and for anyone who has travelled in the third world they are downright luxurious; it just comes down to expectations. For me there is nothing wrong with the site at all!
Wanted to balance against some of the negative reviews which I don't believe are deserved. We had a very pleasant short stay at this site. The site was tidy and well managed. It needs some upgrading, but all the facilities are perfectly adequate and well cleaned. We had no trouble pitching, and were offered help should we need it.
The staff were helpful and friendly. They persuaded us that we could walk to Oxford centre along the river rather than take the park & ride. What an excellent idea! It was about 1.5 miles of easy walking along well made paths with beautiful scenery. We enjoyed it so much - we walked back also.
There are no restaurants close by, nor any shops, though basic provisions are available in reception. We ate in town at lunchtime, and hence with a small tea in the evening had a most relaxing time.
Heard the odd train, but nothing much. No idea what people were on about with the dairy!
I recommend this very conveniently located site.
This site is perfectly located for visiting Oxford. The bus from the Park & Ride is just a few minutes walk and only costs Â£4 for a city centre return for two people together. The site staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful. The site facilities are not up to the usual club standard - due to subsidence part of the block including the laundry is out of use and the toilet & shower block is dated and not well heated, however the staff work hard to keep it very clean. Be aware there is no motorhome service point, however we always carry separate water and waste containers and a folding trolley so this wasn't a problem. All pitches are listed as grass, not hard-standing, however due to the wet weather the grass pitches are currently out of use for motorhomes, which about 90% of the units on site were. We were therefore all pitched on the tarmac feeder roads to avoid getting bogged down, a very common-sense approach. This site is within 1 mile of Oxford city centre and is next to busy roads, railway lines and industrial units, so cannot be described as quiet. However, since we always use earplugs when camping anyway, we had no problem getting four good night's sleep. I understand the club can only lease this site annually, hence why they have not invested in updating the facilities. However it would be a great shame to lose it as the location is truly ideal for Oxford. We would have no hesitation in going back, probably when the weather is warmer.
We were a little concerned before getting to site after reading the reviews, however, we were very pleasantly supprised. This site is brill, just a short walk into Oxford and the park and ride is so handy too. On Site, the staff were lovely even with the snow and plumbing problems!! We will be back for another visit soon.
DATE STAYED: February 2012
How can the club continue to run this site ?Put on roadway ,all of which are subsiding,no motorhome point,Toilet block very old and dated.toilets that don't flush properly.water from showers all over the place.chipped sinks,leaky taps.small fan heater that didn't do much good.open air washing up and best of all toilet emptying 3foot high !!
only good thing is location.not worth the cost.
DATE STAYED: December 2011
Upon arrival of a long journey went for shower, freezing due to no heating in the shower block,..showers pretty clean, but not updated since the 1960s,..uneven roads,..nowhere to empty the gray wast, ~ had to take it home with us,!!!!! Been once never again,
DATE STAYED: November 2011
Met by the warden, who was very friendly to us,as were all the staff. We were shown to our pitch, the warden even placed our levelling wedges for us. The toilet block is old but serviceable, the water was hot and the area cleaned regularly. A great site for visiting a beautiful university city. Some noise at night from the nearby dairy, but nothing major.
Site in brill place for Buses and walking into Oxford Thats about all thats good about the site.The toilet block is very old ,the soap holder is stuck together with sticky tape,drain pipes are stuck together with tape.showers! dirty water from showers next door flow through your shower,I shouldnt think it has had any money spent on it for years and years.
We arrived a little early,11am. There is no resting area and we were made to feel very unwelcome & uncomfortable by the warden. Noise levels from dairy were loud but we were able to sleep, son in awning with ear plugs and he slept quite well. Showers dated but very clean and warm. Would benifit from some rubber matting to stand on when drying. Warden made a point of telling us when walking our little dog, he prefered us to exercise him off site, but it was fine for them to exercise their 2 dogs on site. Site at back of great outdoors and we went sailing past the narrow drive at the side then took a right at lights, no where to turn with a van. wished we had gone left, island at end of road. sods law. Assistant wardens had a smile for you and a good morning, forget the others. We will avoid sites with the same wardens not very welcoming at all. No play area for children. Not a very secure site we had an issue with suspected thiefs while taking a shower and they think you dont see them hanging over the top of side panel where you hang your clothes. It unsettled me for the rest of the week. Would not use again or reccommend prefered Walton on Themes
DATE STAYED: October 2011
The actual pitching area's are well maintained and the wardens very helpfull
The showers are an absolute disgrace with water running from one cubicle to the next you are trying to get dressed in a 1/4" of someone elses water you are provided with an up turned waste bin to put your toilet things etc on which if they fall off get soaked in water.
The wardens do their best but are fighting an up hill battle
A must visit site on the edge of Oxford city centre. Park & Ride 300 yards from site & a few minutes ride into town. The grassed pitches are well maintained & level. The shower blocks are a little dated but clean and more than adequate. We did the Inspector Morse pub crawl over our 5 days and found it extremely enjoyable. The Chequers (High St), Bear Inn (Alfred Lane) and Turf Street Bar (down very narrow lane)stand out. Meditteranean Fish Bar 1/4 mile from site is good value (got fresh chicken from him to cook on site). Great river walk to 'Head of the River' pub. Good food at a reasonable price but beer a tad expensive. Great atmosphere though. Will definitely return.
DATE STAYED: September 2011
A one off visit never to be done again site uneven toilets in very poor condition dish wash facilities sited next to CDP what a poor layout also CDP is set up high why. Site extremely noisy our pitch was next to the railway line road way are very uneven which makes for difficult towing
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Difficult
Easy to find, friendly welcome and facilities were clean. Ideal for visiting Oxford city footpath route into town about 1.5 miles. Wardens do their best.
However, this site does not reflect the club in a very good light. The facilities are very dated, (porcelain in sinks worn down to a grey colour, etc.). No Motorhome dump facility. Fencing round pitches looks ramshakle. In desperate need of a facelift.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples
This was a great surprise as we expected it to be noisy. It was not. never heard the dairy, or recycling plant. Trains....only in the background. So easy to get to Oxford and easy to visit our friends in Nort Oxford. A really friendly welcome and all the staff were helpful and great fun. Site is very clean. The only adverse comment is that the facilities need an urgent update. The showers are not really up to standard and there was only one hand dryer and no hair dryer in the ladies. However we loved it and will definitely be back next year. Thanks for finding my keys and advertising the fact on a notice board!!It was also great to meet so many people from other countries on the site.
Thanks for a great time.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break
Thank you to Phil & Adele, John & Tracy and Chrystina, for a very enjoyable break at your campsite. We are recommending your site to all our friends. Hopefully see you next year
DATE STAYED: August 2011
Camped here with friends and what a friendly site sadly let down by antiquated facilities.
A gem of a site within walking distance of Oxford centre. Was a little concerned reading the negative comments before we arrived however they were totally unfounded.
We were allocated a lovely big pitch which was not particularly noisy especially not through the night. There was a little noise from trains during rush hour and some distant noise from cars however it is a city centre site and some noise is to be expected. We never heard any noise coming from the adjacent dairy as so many people had complained about. The sound of birdsong was more noticable and we were visited by squirrels at breakfast!
A pleasant 40 minute walk along the canal path of the Thames takes you right into the city centre.
Facilities on the site were a little dated however the showers were immaculately clean and working perfectly. The staff were very welcoming and helpful.
Go outdoors superstore is situated immediately in front of the site should you need any camping supplies.
I would definately recommend the site to anyone and please don't be put off by the negative comments.
This site is very noisy, but if you like planes, a main road, trains and the noise of a dairy ALL NIGHT you will be well away. pitches were very tight but there has to be a minuimum of 6 metres so there was a man (presumably the site manager) measuring how far it was between each pitch every hour of the day! very good access into oxford its self though,by bus car or walking all though there are a lot of bikes. there is a park next door to the site with a little place where you can take your dog, but it (unfortunatly) does not tire out spaniels!!! the park has a play park on it suitable for 4-12 years. it also has a court for playing tennis etc.
DATE STAYED: July 2011
Be warned anybody thinking about pitching a tent (no electric) that there is horrendous noise ALL NIGHT/DAY long from the working Dairy adjacent to the site. We found this extremely disturbing.The C&CC does not address this problem at all and they certainly do not tell you about it. C&CC state that Oxford is a noisy site due to it being a city location, but road noise & the railway line is nothing more than a whisper compared to the constant generator noise, air brakes & 40 ft lorries with reversing noise coming from the dairy.
Generally a flat site, with the exception of a few bumps and hillocks on the tent field. Great for access to Oxford as right by Park and ride. Staff friendly and well stocked shop.
Toilet block was clean but old - several years ago it was supposed to have been upgraded.. it still hasn't been. It's a shame the chemical loo disposal was right by the washing up. Great park next door for kids.Staff let tent people access the loos during cleaning which is really kind.
No baby change facilities.
The main problem about the site is it is very unfortunately right next to a dairy and train track so especially on the tent field you hear the sound of generators and trains all night.- take ear plugs.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups
Well laid out with great links to the city centre or London. Site is well laid out its let down mainly by the worlds worst toilet block you almost share showers with others it washes in from the other showers totally disgusting and they ask you to mop when you leave the shower which is pointless as they fill up with other peoples shower water then there's the complete lack of a disabled toilet or showers there are 6or7 showers and no hair driers yet twelve sinks and only one hand drier but loads of toilets it doesn't take much to figure out ten toilet cubicles requers more than one drier and I'm told these showers were recently refurbished by who I ask someone tied up and blindfolded. There is still the 10a power at only a few pitches who these days goes without power or the lack of an emptying point for the ten campervans on site or the waste water drain a foot of the floor and its inbetween the chemical toilet emptying point and the dishwashing health and safety I think bypassed this place.
This site is very convenient for Oxford city centre. With frequent public transport to and from Canning Crescent, just over the road from the site entrance. There is bike hire available from a chap who delivers your bike to the site. Ten pounds for the first day and three pounds thereafter. We cycled on the Thames into the centre. Locked the bikes up with supplied locks and went back after. The cycle up to The Trout Inn at Godston lock is lovely. The site is very clean and facilities are adequate. The wardens are friendly people. There is noise at night from the dairy and early morning from the recycling plant but this is the only bad point about this well run site.
Had to wait quite a while on arrival to get shown to our pitch, but staff were friendly and helpful.
There was a bit of noise from the train line but didnt bother us in our campervan, but may be an issue to tent users.
Site was a nice walk to the city and only Â£7 in a taxi back. Found facilities clean although a little dated, grass pitches were clan and decent amount of grass.
Only bad points i could say is there is only 1 shower/toilet block that is closed between 10:30 and 12:00 each day. No alternative is available. No soap and a broken drier in ladies.
I would return if i wanted to spend more time in Oxford.
I was in a camper van so have some of the problems of people in tents as sleeping in the roof space leaves you open to noise problems and with this site I would recommend ear plugs but it is a town site. It is very convenient for Oxford and meant that I could leave my Bongo on site and use public transport. Facilities are a little dated but very clean. And two nights cost me less than Â£10.00, without hook-up.
The wardens at Oxford were fantastic. Our unit and awning was larger than they'd anticipated, so they let us decide which way round we wanted to pitch it.
Public transport in Oxford is a dream, the bus stop is outside the site, and you don't have to wait long for a bus. We also bought a 48 hr sightseeing bus tour ticket and made full use of it over 3 days.
There's a lovely walk into the centre along the river, a regatta was taking place when we visited, great fun to watch.
Particularly enjoyed having a drink in the 'Head of the River'. It's location is superb, as it's name suggests.
Can't wait to visit again!
DATE STAYED: June 2011
Tried to book this this site for a mixed group of 6 friends (all 50 something) who are canoeing down the Thames. Spoke to first lady who said no problem, call back with names and tent sizes. Phoned back and was told quite abruptly that they don't take groups. I tried to explain that the other lady had said it was OK but all the second lady would say was "we don't take groups". I wouldn't call site a "friendly" site!
You were made to feel welcome from the start. The friendliness throught the stay was such a joy. Even though the site was full the wardens still made time to talk. It makes all the difference having friendly faces greeting you.
To walk into Oxford along the tow path was lovely as was walking round the city itself.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
This site is very convenient to the city especially with the Park and Ride service right opposite and very frequent.
It can be a bit noisy (road and rail noise) but it didn't stop us sleeping!
However, the site is desperately in need of an update, especially the toilet block where shower water runs all over the place!
The wardens do their best but it is up to the Club to take some urgent action before more complaints are raised.
Would like to say a BIG thankyou to Andrew and Shirley..... thanks guys you did everything you could to make our stay great............ great Wardens!
Andrew & Shirley couldn't have been more helpfull. Seen other reviews about showers and loos, ok they are dated but kept very clean. Easy access to Oxford & Blenheim by bus. Great as just got our bus passes. Shirley helped us get an Indian meal delivered, very good. Site close to railway, but noise didn't stop us sleeping. Will be going again as your day ticket for Blenheim Palace gets converted to an annual pass at no cost.
Our first visit to Oxford ever and this is a great little hideaway site within a town/city situation. Very easy to travel to/find and as it is opposite the Redbridge park & ride allows very easy access to the city centre - buses have access for wheelchairs and room for 1 per double decker bus at very cheap rates. Very helpfull site staff but what a pity the toilet block is so dated whilst being kept nice and clean. I would expect better quality toilet/washing facilities from a club site!! Yes there is night noise but when you are within striking distance of the city centre, the main railway line and the ring road what can you expect.
Despite being very convenient for getting into Oxford we couldn't recomend the site for tent users because of the noise. We expected some traffic noise but we weren't prepared for the racket from the dairy. The tent pitches are located less than 100 metres from the dairy which is hidden behind a screen of bushes. At night there is a constant hum from the cooling units but this is as nothing compared to when operations start before 03:00. Revving of diesel engines, crashing of milk crates and bottles, men shouting, air brakes and air horns until sometime after 06:00. We didn't get a wink of sleep. Didn't receive a very sympathetic reponse when we complained to the park staff. Customers really ought to be told about this at the point of booking. The web-site doesn't make it clear just how noisy it is and this ought to be corrected.
very noisy. when i went to the the site there was a horrible noise coming from a few streets away as there was a party going on. the noise was so bad we had to call the police. next time i will be going to chipping norton.
Very friendly site. Facilities are dated, but spotless. There is a bus stop outside the site thst takes you into the City Centre(5min journey) and the Thames is a loveky stroll away. Information leaflet that the wardens gave was very informative too.
We recently stayed at the Oxford site but would not recommend this site, which is a shame because the site is nice and the Managers were lovely and Oxford is well worth a visit but we had our car broken into, along with another vehicle. We have since found out this has happened before and in fact the Police had just arrived to another incident as we were leaving. The Club needs to take the security of its members more seriously at Oxford and install CCTV, a more substantial barrier and a large perimeter fence. Our daughter certainly didn't feel safe on site.
DATE STAYED: April 2011
It seems perverse that the tents (with no sound insulation) are put nearest the noise. Apart from the railway mainline, and the A34, the real problem is that it is next to a milk depot, where milk floats are loaded in the early hours. The tents are on that side. Sitting in a friend's caravan a bit further away, it was not a problem. The only time the recycling place was a problem was when they had a problem with a skip and kept banging it up and down - at about 7am.
The only way to sleep in a tent is with quality ear plugs.
The toilet block is very tired, but needs immediate maint as well. The basin waste pipes have gaffer tape wrapped round them - which has been painted nicely.
I paid for 3 nights, but left after 2. Blissful sleep in the peace of my house.
Should the C & CC have a site in such a dud location?
DATE STAYED: May 2011
A very convenient site for access into Oxford. The Park & Ride is adjacent and there are plenty of buses on the main road next to the site. Also cycle paths take you from the site into Oxford in 10 minutes or you can stroll into town in under 40 minutes. As with all city sites, this one can be noisy at times with a train line next to the site and a recycling site opposite but don't let that put you off, as the benefits of a city location far outweigh these negative aspects. Access to the site can be problematic at the weekends due to the large camping superstore to the front of the site, and you may occasionally get queues of caravans building up, especially on busy Bank Holiday Saturdays. However, having a camping superstore so readily available can be very handy, especially if you've left home without a vital piece of equipment or if something breaks whilst on site. If you expect luxury showers and heated toilet blocks then this is not the site for you. Although kept spotlessly clean & tidy by the hard-working staff, the outdated facilities are in desperate need of a major refurbishment. The temperature of the water in the showers is pre-set and can't be adjusted and the shower floor slopes in such a way that drainage is a problem. This, together with a lack of heating and poor facilities for disabled people may put some people off, which would be a real shame. Come on Club Directors, recognise the value of this site to ordinary members and invest in a toilet block refurb for this gem of a site, fit for the 21st century.
My husband and I were quite worried about this site as the reviews were not very good. I must say the site is not as noisy as the reviews say. The amenities block although old is spotless and lovely hot showers. The wardens all 4 of them are very cheerful helpful and very friendly always around the site keeping it tidy. We had lovely hot weather and enjoyed interesting trips to Oxford on the park and ride which is opposite the site. Another bonus is Go Outdoors has an outlet at the entrance of the site for all you camping needs.
This was our first visit to the Oxford site, we were greeted well by the friendly staff and we were shown to our tent pitch which was in a corner of the site with other tents. The site looked clean and tidy and the staff explained everything we needed to know well.
The first night we stayed we managed to get very little sleep as the noise from the Redbridge Recycling Centre was terrible. We understood it is a town centre site and there would be noise but hearing wagons pulling up every 15 minutes and reversing less than 30 meters away from your tent makes it difficult to get any proper sleep.
Our second night was better with only a little disturbance from the train line and recycling centre.
Overall I think the site is very nice with friendly and helpful staff and their facilities were of a good clean standard however the noise spoils it.
I would suggest this site is more suited to members in caravans / motorhomes who can maybe shut out some of the noise and it is for this reason we will not be returning.
A conveniently placed site on the outskirts of Oxford.
The park and ride car park is a stones throw away, while a network of safe cycle routes is available right next to the site. We didn't use the car at all once parked. We cycled as far as Woodstock to the north and visited the Didcot railway centre to the south using the bikes.
The site staff were great, and the facilities kept spotless, but the showers are from a previous era and could do with being modernised.
There is a main railway line adjacent to the site, which is busy during the day, but did not keep us awake at night. Considering that the site is in an urban setting it is reasonably peaceful - We saw red kites flying above on a number of occasions.
A very useful site if you want to visit Oxford!
Very good clean site, the tiolets and showers could do with up dating ( come on the club) but were spotless. There is a little bit of noise from the railway but not that noticable. Ideal for seeing Oxford, we never used the camper once we walked everywhere. For those who do not want to walk there is a park and ride opposite the site with regular buses into Oxford. The walk along the Thames is worth it.
The site was a great surprise. A few hundred yards away the traffic is very heavy and then suddenly you are in a beautiful green peaceful oasis. Noisy? We had no problem sleeping - the birds were the noisiest thing there.
The facilities may be dated but were in good repair and were kept immaculately clean. (Do we really need to replace facilities just because they are getting old when they work perfectly well? Seems wasteful to me.)
Facilities are situated in the centre of the site so no-one has far to take waste water etc.
Just right for visiting Oxford.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
A very convenient site for visiting Oxford (either on foot or by bus)and we found the wardens charming and exceedingly helpful. Whilst the facilities are a bit dated they were kept very clean. The pitches are slightly uneven but large enough to find a level area. We didn't consider the site to be excessively noisy despite road works going on nearby and the railway passing quite close.
It was a lovely site. The shower block was heated and easy to access. The camp site was not noisy. You can walk into the centre within 40 mins and walking by the river bank was most enjoyable.Overall this is a lovely site to stay at and we will be going again!
DATE STAYED: April 2010
just had a lovely weekend at Oxford.
Everything perfect except lack of heating in shower block. Maybe we have been spoilt by your other lovely sites. Is heating on any agenda for the future.?
Staff could not have been anymore helpful and the facilitys were spotless
DATE STAYED: January 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Active break,Peaceful break
Stayed for the weekend of 8&9 Jan. Due to work on the adjacent railway we were woken at 3am to the sound of a jack hammer. Dispite the site being aware of the noise they never mentioned it when we booked.We complained to the club who could'nt care less, just another money grabbing organisation.
We stayed on this site to visit Oxford centre and were not disappointed. The site wardens could not have been more helpful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning in 2011.
DATE STAYED: September 2010
This site is very noisy!
Access is down the side of a camping/outdoor showroom.
A 'park and ride' is just across the road and the journey into Oxford is quite short.
Oxford is our favourite city but we would never use this site again. Getting a good nights sleep is almost impossible due to a railway line and a dairy discribution depot which are both close by.
O.K. for an overnight stop I suppose.
It will have to be Chipping Norton from now on!
DATE STAYED: July 2008
All references to this site show HS but there are NO hardstandings at all, infact it is all grass and mostly very unlevel, consequently very muddy in places. As this is a year round site we expected much better pitches. The toilet/shower facilities are very outdated, a hard job for the staff to maintain, but they were very clean. The only waste water point being at the toilet block meant a long walk from many pitches. Convenient site for sightseeing in Oxford.
Great site for visiting Oxford. A bit of noise from traffic and sanitary failities rather old (but clean). Thorougly enjoyed our stay.
staff were very friendly and helpful, site was small and clean. weather poor but hay that's not anyone's fault. only a short bus ride from town. will use again.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
Despite being very busy the site managers were polite and welcoming. The site is near busy roads and a train line (Take ear plugs) but is very handy for exploring Oxford city centre and the surrounding area. The shower block was in need of slight updating - no hairdryers but was clean.
DATE STAYED: July 2010
Site is very close to an M-way, railroadtrack and a company who had the habit to work at nighttimes. Probably good on the other site in a camper or caravan, but certainly not in an tent! Only advantgae was the distance to the city centre and the easy acces to a nearby Park & Ride.
A very lively site with cheerfull and helpfull staff!
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