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Swindon's Best Beer Gardens

Swindon is jam-packed with great pubs and restaurants to enjoy an evening drink in. But as we get closer to the start of summer and the warm weather that hopefully arrives soon, we've put together our recommendations on the best summer beer gardens in Swindon. Keep reading to find out more.

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Hall & Woodhouse Wichelstowe

Hall & Woodhouse Wichelstowe

About: Hall & Woodhouse is ideally situated with stunning canalside views, making it the perfect place for a relaxing beer on a spring or summer day. It's one of the newer pubs in the town but already loved by many Swindonians, especially during the warmer months.

Take your pick of dishes from the alfresco menu, order a Badger beer to go with it and enjoy! 

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Address: Peglars Way, Swindon SN1 7DA

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The Barrington Arms Shrivenham

The Barrington Arms Shrivenham

About: The Barrington Arms is slightly further afield by being situated in Shrivenham. It's a country pub that is popular with all the locals and is seen as the number one hotspot for al fresco dining and drinking, Sunday lunch, and a place to catch up with friends and family.

They play host to a large beer garden that provides numerous amounts of space for lots of comfortable tables.

Address: 25 High Street, Shrivenham, Wiltshire, SN6 8AN

Telephone: 01793 784692

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The Red Lion Cricklade

The Red Lion Cricklade

About: Nestled in the pretty little town of Cricklade, The Red Lion is a real favourite country pub and the beer garden certainly doesn't disappoint too. It's deceivingly big, with plenty of tables to the rear on the patio and further seating on the grass behind, which is a real suntrap in the summer months.

You could follow it up with a lovely walk around the nearby meadows or Cricklade High Street too!

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Address: 74 High St, Cricklade, Swindon SN6 6DD

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The Royal Oak Old Town

The Royal Oak Old Town

About: The Royal Oak at Old Town is a favourite of ours not just for the friendly atmosphere and tasty drinks, but also the prime location in Swindon's popular Old Town.

Neighbouring the stunning Town Gardens and busy high street in Old Town, the Royal Oak makes the perfect meeting place for friends and family, and their sun-drenched garden is perfect for soaking up the summer sun!

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Address: 24 Devizes Rd, Swindon SN1 4BQ

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Rudi's Bar

Rudi's Bar

About: Located in Regent Circus, Rudi’s Bar is one of our favourite outside Al fresco drinking spots in Swindon. With plenty of outside seating space available, Rudi’s is the perfect spot to kick back and relax with a drink this summer.

If you’re just starting your night off then Rudi’s Bar is a great place to stop before hitting the Town for a night out with some of Swindon’s best clubs and late-night bars all within walking distance. 

Address: 21 Regent Circus Swindon, SN1 1PN 

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Longs Bar

Longs Bar

About: Longs is one of Swindon’s most popular bars with Swindon residents often flocking to the Old Town venue for an after-work drink or a pre-night out cocktail.

But did you know it also has one of the best pub gardens in Swindon?

With a concrete back garden packed with seating, you’ll be able to mingle, chat, and drink to your heart's content in Longs’ quaint and sun-filled beer garden. If cocktails are your thing then you certainly won't want to miss Longs cocktail happy hour served Monday to Saturday between 5pm and 9pm. 

Address: 86-87 Victoria Road, Old Town, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 3BB

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Blunsdon House Hotel

Blunsdon House Hotel

About: Stunning views of the Cotswolds are right on your doorstep at Blunsdon House. This peaceful and picturesque setting is the ideal location to sit back this summer and enjoy a drink in the beautiful Blunsdon setting.

With the gardens acting as a sun trap, Blunsdon House is the perfect place to watch the sunset across Wiltshire with a glass of fizz in hand.

Not sure what to do with the kids? Fear not as Blunsdon House’s outdoor kids play area will keep your little ones busy while you chill out in the sun. 

Address: The Ridge, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN26 7AS

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Blunsdon Arms

About: This Blunsdon-based pub is a hit with residents around Thamesdown Drive and is certainly one of the best places in Swindon to enjoy an outdoor drink in the sun this summer.

With a vast selection of outdoor tables and seating, the gardens surrounding Blunsdon are usually packed with pub-goers when the sun is shining. You certainly won’t be short of great food and drink if you head to the Blunsdon Arms this summer. 

Blunsdon Arms will be re-opening on April 12th for outdoor only, following the installation of pods around the garden which are totally weatherproof - so you don't have to let the rain spoil your plans! Find out more and book here.

Address: Lady Lane (Off Thamesdown Dr, Blunsdon St Andrew, Swindon SN25 2NA

Tawny Owl

About: The Tawny Owl is a family favourite in the summer months, not only because of its extensive outdoor dining area but also because of the popular children's play area too.

Let the little ones run off some steam whilst you enjoy some time chatting with friends and family over a beer or alfresco meal this summer! It's also located just a stone throw's away from the popular Mouldon Hill Country Park, so why not tie in your visit with a leisurely walk? 

Address: Just off Thamesdown Drive opposite Mouldon Hill - Taw Hill, North Swindon SN25 1WR

Hall & Woodhouse Swindon Wichelstowe

Hall & Woodhouse Wichelstowe

On the edge of the canalside in Wichelstowe, Hall & Woodhouse is the perfect place to enjoy delicious food and great drinks no matter what the occasion.

Peglars Way, Wichelstowe, Swindon, SN1 7DA

Harpers Steakhouse at the Weighbridge

Harpers Steakhouse at the Weighbridge, Penzance Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 7JL

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24 Devizes Road, Swindon , SN1 4BQ

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