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Oxford Camping And Caravanning Club Site
426 Abingdon Road
Oxfordshire   (Browse area)
OX1 4XG   See Map
Tel: 01865 244088
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Pitches: 90
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 112 Reviews
                8/10 from 112 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport On Site 

Reviews:  112 in total, now showing 97 to 102                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2008 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Tipsy620tony 23 reviews from this member

This site is described in the club book as being a city centre site which it most definitely is not. Although Oxford is easily accessible either by the Park & Ride nearby or if you feel more energetic a nice walk along the river bank. The noise and vibration from passing trains was a problem for me.

The site is showing it's age, and the toilet / shower block is the worst I have ever encountered on a club site. It was dirty, smelly and always awash with water. However, the site is handy for the centre of Oxford, which is a beautiful place. I will not be going back to this site.

Date of Visit: May 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Dilysf 1 review from this member

I will only write a short review. We stayed at this site for one night over the May bank holiday weekend. We turned up on spec but were very lucky to get the last pitch. It is a peasant site and to be honest the loos and showers are fine - I have seen much worse. The couple who run the site seemed quite friendly as well. However, I have to concur with other reviewers' comments about the noise from the dairy - it is awful. The site is handy for Oxford, so if you decide to risk it anyway - get as far away from the dairy as you can ! we hardly slept a wink all night.

Date of Visit: December 2006 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Paula Watkins 20 reviews from this member

We have stayed at this site many times over a number of years, even before it became a camping club site. In all these years I dont think the shower block has had any attention. The only reason we continue to use it is the fact its handy for Oxford.Its over priced for the standard of facilities and heaven knows what overseas visitors think.The staff seem to be typical of club staff and there word is law.!

The park and ride is really good.Plenty of places to eat in Oxford, its a pity local pubs are poor.

Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Barry Fisher 11 reviews from this member

Not at all a large site with just 85 pitches, this easily accessible site appears well maintained, although the single toilet block has seen better days (wear wellies in the showers as the water, and those from the next cubicles, does not flow away too well!) Alongside the site is a children's playground, but I don't think it is accessible direct from the site. We didn't find the site warden as helpful as she might have been, although the opposite can be said of the chap who guided us to our emplacement.

Although not a 'city centre' site as described in the C & C handbook (actually on the southernmost outskirts), their description 'can be a little noisy' might be considered an understatement. You can indeed, during quieter moments, hear only the traffic on the A34 by-pass; this is usually overshadowed by the hum of the adjacent Dairy Crest depot, although that too is drowned out when their lorries run (for hours) the refrigeration units on the vehicles. The Dairy Crest noise does, however, cancel out the noise of the slower trains passing by, but the fast and the goods trains' noise and vibration is not so easily overcome. The trains' real party piece, however, is the ear-piercing blast from their horns - try getting the kids back to sleep when they do that at 7 a.M. Try to get a pitch on the east side of the site, which may be quieter.

Parking space in Oxford is at a premium, but the adjacent Park and Ride, plus a good evening service from normal buses, makes car use unnecessary. And a nice walk is the Thames towpath, which is not far away - turn left at the main road traffic lights and then turn right at the next traffic lights 100 yards further on as you walk towards town - turning south (right) onto the towpath takes you to nearby pretty Ifley lock (with refreshments available), passing a riverside pub and a nice cafe on the way. There is a newsagents/general stores a couple of hundred yards up the main road towards the city centre, and a useful outdoor shop at the entrance to the site.

Dog owners should be aware that although the site is indicated as `dog friendly', there is no dog exercise area on the site. Those not wishing to allow their dog to foul the site could go out to the main road and cross over at the traffic lights, where there is a wide rough grass verge running alongside the foot/cycle path. Just what you need if Bonzo gets taken short in the night.

Despite my comments, probably the best site for exploring the city of Oxford, but don't expect tranquility. We would go back again because of the site's accessibility and the ease of getting to Oxford, but not whilst we still have a dog.

Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: R and S 17 reviews from this member

The site is accessed by driving down a narrow road beside the "GO Outdoors" camping shop. The signs outside say "No Vacancies, bookings only" and another says "No late departures", all very sensible if the site had been at all full - which it wasn't. I got the impression that they were always there. This sort of set the tone for the site.

The site itself is flat and the grass well tended with the electrics close enough to each pitch. The pitches were large enough, although I did feel that the inch perfect precision with which I was expected to place my van was a little over the top. 12 inches inside my pitch was not acceptable, I had to move it.

There are few facilities on site - the toilet block was awful, smelly and dirty. We took turns in the Van rather than shower there.

The site is well situated for the Park and Ride into Oxford (Return: £2 per adult, kids free), and the town itself was lovely.

There is a great children's Ball & play park around the corner. As you have to walk along the main road to get there and the local kids were there we chose to accompany and then stay there with ours.

As we were leaving (along with everyone else) at about 11 on a Sunday, we got stuck in a traffic Jam on site. You have to drive through the shop car park, and it was full. According to a member of the shop staff (as I asked them to page the driver who had blocked the exit) its always like this at weekends.

All in all, a great visit to Oxford, but the site is not up to the club's usual standards.

Date of Visit: May 2007 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Philjtaylor 7 reviews from this member

Potentially an excellent site† -† very friendly and helpful staff.† Nicely laid-out site and very easy to get into Oxford either by bus or along the river, a lovely walk.† The adjacent 'Go Outdoors' store is a real†bonus.† However, as others have noted, the toilet block is way past its sell-by date† -† not acceptable on a club site in the 21st century.† The staff do do their best to keep it clean but it's just not a nice place to be.† Several of the cubicles were out of commission, there were leaks from basins and it was in a very poor decorative state.† Cannot understand how the club can ignore this.

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