Bladon Chains Caravan Club Site (REF : BDC)
Bladon Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PTView on map
Why stay here ...
Touring season dates at Bladon Chains have now been extended until January 2020.
Bladon Chains Club Site is situated on the Blenheim Estate, so you will have the pleasure of seeing magnificent trees all around you, on this gently sloping site situated just outside the wall of the Palace Garden. You can walk to famous Bladon Church from the corner of the caravan park where you can see Churchill's modest but memorable grave. Then you will want to visit the Palace, where Churchill was born; it has also been home to the historic Dukes of Marlborough since the eighteenth century. Members receive 30% discount on admission tickets for the Palace, Park and Gardens - click here for all details you need.
At a mere 7 miles away from the Bladon Chains Club Site, nearby Oxford is a must. One of the easiest and most pleasant ways to see this historic university town is by open topped bus. For those interested in art and archaeology, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is a must visit, with intriguing exhibitions spanning 5 floors.
The caravan site is also within easy reach of the lovely Cotswolds and you can tour Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach for a picture postcard experience of beautiful Cotswold villages. If there is still time left after such an exhilarating schedule, then travel north to Banbury or to the Bicester Designer Shopping Village.
Turn left off the A44 (Oxford - Stratford) at the roundabout onto the A4095 towards Bladon. In 350 yards turn right into a minor road. The site is on the left in 200 yards.
- OX20 1PT
- Lat 51.83818 / Lon -1.34168
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- Bus stop within 1 mile
- Buses go to: Oxford, Witney, Chipping Norton and Charlbury
- Car hire on site
- Daily public Transport within 1 mile
- Nearest park and ride: Oxford
- Nearest train station: Hanborough
- Train station within 5 miles
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We went to Bladon Chains for the Christmas market and light walk at Blenheim Palace as the site door to door is 30 minute walk away,although the site has hard standings these were in need of revamping but saying this it didn't depart from the enjoyment we had.The wardens were very welcoming and helpful particularly as I had arrived with a flat caravan tyre and got the impression that nothing was too much trouble for them.The site is also good for visiting Oxford,Banbury and Bicester Village either by bus or car. Lovely site and enjoyable stay.
We are always looking for sites to use in late November, early December near to Christmas events. I was therefore very pleased to see that the Club this year decided to extend the opening of Bladon Chains as its so near to all the events at Blenheim Palace which is within walking distance or there is a handy half hourly bus service during the week from very near the site entrance if you want to leave your vehicle on site. You also get a very worthwhile discount off tickets to the Palace on production of your site fee receipt. You can also convert these tickets into annual passes at no extra cost. The theme this year was Alice in the Palace which was well done and of course there was the Christmas Market. I particularly recommend the Chocolate Kisses!!! Woodstock is a nice little Cotswold Town and Churchill's grave at Bladon is a shortish walk from the site. But what about the site itself? Well it could do with a major upgrade. I imagine this is a leased site so easy to suggest but maybe not so easy to achieve? Only a third of the pitches are hardstanding (the grass ones being closed at this time of years) Some of the pitches are quite small and the wardens will often allocate a pitch according to size of outfit. Whilst I understand the need for this it doesn't work in all circumstances. Like a previous reviewer we were also allocated pitch 62 and asked to drive in. The problem with this was that the pitch slopes down towards the fence and there was no way I had that amount of levelling with me! I was able to change to a better pitch. But even here because of the peg positioning had I driven onto the pitch I would have virtually had to get out of the van on the grass finger between the pitches. I assume there was a grass finger as it was covered in leaves which were clearly weeks old. Some of the site roads have potholes in them and really need repairing. Service points are not that numerous, or at least not near to lots of the pitches. The motorhome service point is of the older variety with a heavy metal lid, at least it had a decent lifting handle. The toilet block is showing its age a bit and I think if the site continues to open until New Year at the very least I would have thought the dish washing area needs to be protected from the elements. We have used this site several times before but during the spring and summer and I suspect using in the winter shows up its shortcomings. The site only has a WiFi point near the information room. Not much use really, especially in winter! Depending on network 4G is also a bit intermittent.
Site contact details
- 01993 812390