Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows, Abingdon: Address, Phone Number, Abbey Meadows Reviews: 4.5/5

Abbey Meadows
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juliaandadam123
Ashford, UK1,403 contributions
Quite pricey!
Aug 2021 • Family
My daughter (11) wanted to swim so we made an unplanned trip here. I was disappointed to see I had to pay the same price for myself, just to watch her from the grass on the side. I was not swimming as had a young baby with me, but didn’t feel comfortable sending a child in alone. It made for an expensive 50minutes.

The pool itself is ok, but my daughter tells me the water was cold (signs did say the boiler was broken) and the changing rooms weren’t particularly clean. Bringing the pram through and dodging the buckets catching the leaks from the ceiling was interesting in such a small space.

We are unlikely to visit Abingdon again as not local, but I probably wouldn’t recommend the pool if I knew someone that was.
Written August 22, 2021
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Rhino&Kellie
Oxford, UK1,820 contributions
Lovely on a sunny day
May 2018 • Couples
We visited today for a stroll in the sunshine. Very busy and the gardens looked stunning and well kept.
There’s a hut that sells cold drinks and ice cream which will be popular in the summer. Plenty of parking.
Written May 25, 2021
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lazenlondonuk
London Uk311 contributions
Rather small and rough Recreational Area adjoining a small part of The River
Apr 2021
As of Spring 2021 much of the adjoining attractions remain shut.No Pools,Cinema.
and entrance building under rennovation.
Do not be fooled.The under the Abbey Arch to Abbey Meadows is a narrow lane and
imagine SUVs trying to negotiate with about 1'cobbled strip pavement onone side
and its a hair razing experience.The cars come here either from Waitrose Car Park or
to use the little park at the Meadow.Everyone else comes by foot or bike.when you get here its a bit of anti climax.Theres a rather scruffy Council playground that usually looks way too over congested and from time to time is dominated by gangs of scruffy teenagers,too old for the rides,taking their bikes in which I think may be prohibited,
and loitering who knows why.Younger kids ought to be safe however if they are with their parents.Some of these gangs of teenagers can be rude and aggressive and very cheeky
thinking nothing of verbally abusing passers by if it takes their fancy or even approaching them in a threatening manner harrassing folks and 'labelling'them through hurtful insults & seemingly paranoid adolescent imaginings out of touch with 'reality'.Its all rather unpleasant at times.
The Flock of Geese have now had a large family and still control the shut splash pool area covering it in manure.
Car Park safety seems fairly good.
If lining up for 15 minutes to buy an ice cream from Mr Whippy is your kind of dependency then dont bother taking your own probably half the price ice cream in a cool box.
Work is going on to rennovate the nearby Hotel.
Basically The Meadows are a nice place but as with so many places nowadays its the people that can spoil it.
Take a walk on the opposite bank for miles if you dont like the crowds.
Written April 25, 2021
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thecuckoo
Taunton, United Kingdom77 contributions
A pleasant open area by the river
Sep 2020
A delightful spot to watch the world and its boats go by. Walks on level ground by the river. Plenty of seats.

Written September 12, 2020
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Sandra B
Oxford, UK16 contributions
Lovely afternoon
Jul 2020 • Family
Lovely place to go for a walk along the river over the lock to walk along the river and to where there a big children play area plus lots of places to have a picnic.also by Abby medrow carpark there the part where there the old Abby vegable area flowers beds you can have picnics here to plus it a five minutes walk to Abingdon shops
Written August 28, 2020
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cherriesfan_9
Cheltenham, UK6,776 contributions
So much too see.
Aug 2020
Even with a dismal weather forecast, this was a lovely walk. Very interesting, with lots to see. Many friendly dog walkers and narrow-boat owners, with so few visitors people were happy to stop and talk. The river is naturally the main draw, and we saw a variety of wildlife. There are some invaluable information boards including one detailing the work of the little known UTP - the Upper Thames Patrol - a WW2 waterborn version of Dads Army .
So much too see.
Written August 18, 2020
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lazenlondonuk
London Uk311 contributions
Dirty River Water-Parched Grass Water facilitiess hut until next year
Aug 2020
Despite recent boiling weather The Swimming Pool facilities and 'the lovely splash pool'area remain shut despite Govt promises of such facitities 're opening'.This does
not look likely now until summer of 2021,if then.
The flock of 4o Canada Geese have invaded the area which is now scorched brown in the strong sun and very dry,no water sprinklers being used at all despite high Council Tax Rates.
The whole Splash pool area is caked in Goose Excrement and also Duch Excrement
on the grass.A few people were seen bathing in The adjoining RIver Thames not having htought perhaps of what that dirty water contains by way of Swan,Duck Goose and Fish excrement,Poisnous Algae,Sewage from boats,Diesel from boats and lots lots more!
Not something one would want to bath in OR drink!But being swayed by sentiment and emotion and little thought they took to swimming in the filthy water!
The small playground is however open.
The Meadow grounds have a sparse number of sunbathers,some buskers,excercise classes going on from time to time,
Mostly people just sit lazing around the perimeter.
Its gets quiet around 7pm.
Dension Way is the Thames cycle track that passes through the area.
Its all rather boring and banal and the dried grass and lack of facilities
including no eateries or refreshments whatsoever (One ice cream van in the car park)make it as about as axciting as sitting in a filed full of cow pats.
And as I said the filthy polluted river water has come a long way under the bridge since the days of The Abbey fish ponds Mill and Laundry of 1550.
The dogs are usually friendly and well behaved.
Gangs of unemployed teenagers hang out in groups but so far I know of no
'incidents'as they tend to keep themselves to themselves if left undisturbed.
Recently a number of Social Campaigning groups have held small open air 'rallying'events of a Left Wing Political theme
in The Abbey Meadow Grounds laying something of a stake in the area but these never seem to 'go anywhere' many of the attendees being 'outsiders'it seems.
Written August 10, 2020
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Johnathon Grimley
4 contributions
Abingdon Favourite
Sep 2019
lovely view and multi-purposeful e.g. good walking area, good place for kids, good picnic spot all around wonderful place with a rich history
Written July 16, 2020
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Cora M
Abingdon, UK16 contributions
Great walking with the dog!
Sep 2019 • Solo
Love going for walks through the meadows with the dog! She absolutely loves jumping through the long grass trying to climb the trees. It also a great place to meet up for walks along the river!
Written February 9, 2020
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CWharton1
Eastleigh, UK49 contributions
Good dog walking
Jan 2020
Easy parking and, as long as you are prepared for mud, these gardens are a great place to start walks along the river. Even in mid winter the gardens looked well kept. Plenty of bins to dispose of rubbish.
Written January 12, 2020
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