Abbey Meadows
Abbey Meadows
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juliaandadam123
Ashford, UK1,801 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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lazenlondonuk
London Uk305 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Very busy on hot summer days.
The clientele can vary a lot.
Usually its the local Housing Association and Council Dwellers from Saon Road
area.
Some of these folks can be a bit 'rough'looking.
The pool seems less busy than last year.
I find the general atmospere inside the pool fence to be rather 'wierd'
Tall guard towers are omnipresent with a multiplicity of 'CCTV'cameras and
warning signs everyhwere as If they are expecting crime.
A high camp type fence surrounds the grounds and numerous 'Guards'wearing sinister dark glasses sit in the watch towers like a hawk watching everything intently!
Wallingfrod is worse but similiar with even coiled barbed wire atop the massive Wire fences.
Is all this really necessary?
The 'guards'always seem to be 'on their loud walky talkies'and creep you out!
very wierd.They seem to be staring at people all the time.
I mean who wants to pay for an uptite experience like this?
Written September 8, 2019
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Hedgy25
Sussex120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
I've been visiting this park for years and it gets a little better each time.

Its well planted, well maintained and has good facilities.
There is a newish fountain water feature for toddler and young children which is a hit with them and the swimming pool is still there, so well done to the council
Written July 8, 2014
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James R
Abingdon, UK18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
A well kept area with good facilities, particularly for younger children. Free parking for 2 hours, ducks to feed, a good playground with plenty of equipment, and crazy golf, pitch and putt, tennis and outdoor swimming in season (extra charge for these). Toilets are a bit of a let down, although generally clean. Also could be improved with a good cafe, although there are several excellent cafés and tea shops within a short walk into town (check out Throwing Buns, Rosie's tea rooms). There is a nice cream kiosk though, again in season, and the lock-keepers house often sells ice cream too. Plenty of mooring for river traffic, and some lovely walks along the river to enjoy. You can walk to Oxford, (about 7.5 miles) then come back on a river boat. Alternatively, walk the opposite direction down to Culham, and back along the causeway or round JET.

If you are there in the evening, and can hear music, it's our local brass band, practising in the band room behind the swimming pool.
Written May 2, 2014
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Hans Christian T
Hillerod, Denmark494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
There is a fantastic free and newly build playground, with something for all ages!
Furthermore a walk a long the river is really beautiful and there is a nice wildlife with birds and insects along it.
Written June 9, 2018
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UmiSam
Nightcliff, Australia185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Nicely manicured landscape with benches to sprawl on. Walking distance to Waitrose supermarket where you can get a meal and have it in the park. Close to the edge of Thames river for easy strolling and lounging while watching the many ducks, geeses & swans at play.
Written August 15, 2016
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Titus84
Abingdon, UK7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
This is a fantastic location and could be so much better if the owner's, The Vale of White Horse District Council, stopped wasting taxpayer's cash on Mr."Fill my boots with cash Consultant" and devoted their considerable capital reserves to investing in the Outdoor Pool and associated riverside Bistro, so that Abingdonians have a facility fit for the 21st.Century. Vote Option 'A', by 7th.April 2015, no other solution will do!
If Pontypridd can obtain £5.6 million to renovate their defunct Lido, why can't the VOWHDC?
Written March 14, 2015
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lazenlondonuk
London Uk305 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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CWharton1
Eastleigh, UK45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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beverleyleighton
South Shields, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Abbey gardens is a wonderful place. Right next to river. Fabulous play park for kids and lovely walk along to the loch.
Toilets newly refurbished.

Gardens are set out beautifully
Written August 7, 2019
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