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Radcot Leisure on Thames
128 reviews
· Oxfordshire Ox18 2 Sx, England
1 acre
44 units
8 Glamping
36 Tent
A Thames’ island campsite in the Oxfordshire countryside – with a lovely pub just over the bridge
There’s water, water everywhere and quite a lot to drink at Ye Olde Swan campsite in Oxfordshire. That’s because the campsite is on an island surrounded by the River Thames and just a short stumble from a pub of the same name. If you’re lucky, you won’t even have to wander across the little bridge that connects the two to quench your thirst, as the pub’s mobile pizza oven and Prosecco bar will be making one of its regular visits to the site. If you’re looking for quiet country camping with designated pitches, electric hook-up and a strictly-enforced noise policy; this may not be the campsite for you. But if you’re a happy-go-lucky kinda camper who will enjoy the craic of a lively pub as much as the countryside scenery, come along and check in at the bar. Or you could head straight over the bridge to make yourself known at the little on-site shop. Park up, pitch up and then go for a ploughmans in the pub garden or, perhaps, for a paddle using one of the kayaks available to hire from the jetty just outside. Although not set in stone, there are technically 30 grassy pitches at Ye Olde Swan campsite. As it’s an island, they are virtually all on the water’s edge with the green fields of rural Oxfordshire just beyond the historic Radcot Bridge – said to be the oldest crossing on the Thames. Facilities are simple but adequate; a cold water tap at the lone washing-up sink with simple toilets and showers. You might call it classic camping (albeit with a glimpse of 10 tipis in a separate, neighbouring field). Dogs are welcome, ball games allowed and there’s generally a laid-back atmosphere. It’s an understandably popular spot which makes for sociable camping – especially at weekends. If you prefer peace and quiet, a weekday pitch here is more likely to please. Whenever you visit, there’s plenty to do if you tire of watching narrowboats, cruisers and swans sailing by. You can fish from site or head straight out on a riverside walk as the Thames Path long-distance national trail passes right past. And, aside from messing around on the riverbank, there are plenty of well-to-do places to visit; market towns like Bampton, which doubled as TV’s Downton, Kelmscott Manor, once home to William Morris, and the enchanting gardens at Buscot Park to name a few.
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Oxfordshire Ox18 2 Sx, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Ye Olde Swan Y.Joined in September 2019
97 Ratings · 128 reviews
Neil F.recommends
August 17, 2022
Tipi 2
Glamping by the river
We loved our 4 nights at Ye Olde Swan. Beautiful location, with the river either side. Very peaceful, great for boarding and kayaking. Facilities good, with super commercial fridge. Shame washing up sink doesn't have hot water or plug, so bring a bowl and something to heat water. Would definitely recommend and go back
Sean S.recommends
August 11, 2022
Non Electric grass tent or campervan pitch
Lovely Campsite and Pub!
Campsite was clean, spacious and really nice environment around the area. Easy to check in via the pub for later arrival. Unfortunately didn't get to visit the onsite shop as I arrived late and left early but looked good. The Ye Olde Swan across the river is extremely nice with large garden and cosy and quiet inside. Food was tasty and well presented. Apart from that I was only using the campsite as a stop point during my travel. But will be recommending to my friends as a nearby option for a weekend of river fun.
Jason H.recommends
August 11, 2022
Non Electric grass tent or campervan pitch
Camper van on tour
Nice tidy site and perfect location beautiful sat in the site or beer garden watching the boats go by We will be back
Adam D.recommends
August 9, 2022
Non Electric grass tent or campervan pitch
Lovely camp site. The people were all very friendly and it had a very relaxed feel. We had a great stay and I would highly recommend it.
Lisa C.recommends
July 31, 2022
Non Electric grass tent or campervan pitch
Camping next to the Thames
Great views of the Thames. We camped right next to the river. Kiddos loved the kayaks and the fire pit hire served us well. The staff on site were super friendly and couldn’t do enough. Pub over the road served great pizza too which was a winner. We will defo be returning to make more memories.
Deborah W.recommends
July 25, 2022
Non Electric grass tent or campervan pitch
Family group friendly campsite.
This was a great laid back group friendly site! The pub across the river had music until 11 both nights, but we knew about it and it was fine. No one was grumpy about our kids running around having fun so we were able to relax knowing that happy children weren't going to be told off for having fun! Shop was great serving what we needed. Boat hire easy. Pizza within walking distance. Not one complaint. : )
From the host
Radcot Leisure on Thames is opposite the lovely pub, Ye Olde Swan. Both sites are situated in a stunning location aside the River Thames at Radcot Bridge, originally an old packhorse bridge on the main wool export route from Northampton to Southampton. The bridge, which claims to be the oldest crossing of the Thames was built around 1200. Ye Olde Swan has been a stopping off point for weary shepherds and travellers for hundreds of years to enjoy fine ales and good food. More recently we have quirky accommodation in our Glamping field for you to sleep or you can bring your own tents.
Nearby attractions
The Thames Path National Trail runs right past the campsite so getting out on foot is easy. Equally easy is taking to the river. You can bring your own vessel or paddle off on a hired kayak or stand-up paddle board. If you have a rod licence, you can fish from site too. There are plenty of classic Cotswolds towns to explore within 10 miles of site including Faringdon, Lechlade-on-Thames and Bampton (where scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed). The Cotswold Wildlife Park (01993 823006) is also within 10 miles of site. Kelmscott Manor (01637 252486), once owned by William Morris, is a 10-minute drive, Buscot Park (01367 240932), home of Lord Faringdon, is 15 minutes away and magnificent Blenheim Palace (01993 810530) is a drive of around 40 minutes away. Swindon, with plenty of attractions including rainy-day options from ice skating to trampolining, is a 30-minute drive.
Food and drink
The obvious choice for food and drink is the pub, Ye Olde Swan  just across the waterway. In the summer there’s often a BBQ in the pub garden and most weekends the woodfired pizza oven.  There’s a little shop on site for basic campsite supplies but if you need more, there are plenty of shops and eateries in nearby Faringdon and Lechlade.
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