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Pub Gardens 

Our guide to the best Swindon pub gardens, patios and terraces

It’s not so long ago that a trip out for a drink in the open air meant venturing into the uncertain world of pubs with fibreglass tree houses and tables that acted like see-saws.

These days - thankfully - things have improved somewhat, with pubs better equipped and more sophisticated – and a number of other choices for sipping back and enjoying a warm summer’s day or balmy evening.

So we’ve taken a stroll through the patios and terraces as well as the gardens of pubs in our area to find out which are the best for visiting when it’s too hot to be indoors.
 
Featured Venues
 
The Clifton
Clifton Street
Old Town, Swindon
Wiltshire
SN1 3PY
01793 523162

Now this is the Good Life when the sun's out!
 
Back to its best after a major refurbishment - with more to come - The Clifton Hotel, just off Kings Hill, is the place to relax, enjoy a drink and catch up with friends.
 
The Highworth > The Highworth
Highworth
Wiltshire
SN6 7HJ
01793 762364

Just far enough out of Swindon to be relaxing, The Highworth's terrace/garden is quietly tucked away behind its Georgian facadé, letting you enjoy your drink without that 'goldfish bowl' feeling.
 
There's a patio bar too which opens up on busy nights plus regular summer BBQ days & evenings in the diary. See their website for full details.
 
The country pub
 
The Royal Oak
Bishopstone
Swindon
SN6 8PP
01793 790481

A genuinely unspoilt and much-loved pub which the Michelin Guide recommend for its good food. But it has even more to offer in the summer months because of its friendly little garden - where you can even camp with pigs in late August! - and weekend barbecues.
Royal Oak at Bishopstone
 
Bakers Arms, Badbury > Bakers Arms - website
Badbury,
Near Swindon
SN4 0EU
01793 740313

The Bakers Arms near Swindon is probably as close as it is possible to get to the archetypal little, down-to-earth, country 'local'.

And with a lovely pub garden to boot.
Bakers Arms, Badbury
 
Calley Arms, Hodson > Calley Arms - website
Hodson
Swindon
SN4 0QG
01793 740350

Once again, you'll find this pub just a gentle stroll from Coate Water, with brilliant views of countryside around it.

A very dog-friendly pub, your four-legged friends are also welcome.
Calley Arms Swindon Summer
 
The Fox & Hounds, Uffington >The Fox & Hounds - website
High Street
Uffington
SN7 7RP
01367 820680

This fantastic pub is set in beautiful countryside surroundings.

This dog-friendly pub, is an ideal base for walking, cycling, golfing or just chilling out at any time of the year.

 
The Three Crowns, Brinkworth The Three Crowns, Brinkworth - website
The Street
Brinkworth
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN15 5AF
01666 510366

Situated between Swindon and Chippenham, this country pub is well known for its good food and welcoming atmosphere.
 
And its pretty pub garden is the ideal location to sip back and relax!

 
The White Horse, Winterbourne Basset > The White Horse - website
Winterbourne Basset,
Near Swindon
SN4 9QB
01793 731257

The White Horse is slap-bang in the middle of the Marlborough Downs, surrounded by beautiful countryside views.

They've got a fantastic pub garden with their own goats & other animals - perfect for the kids!
Bakers Arms, Badbury
 
The White Horse, Woolstone > The White Horse, Woolstone - website
Woolstone,
Near Swindon
SN7 7QL
01367 820726

A 16th century thatched inn just a short drive east of Swindon with new decking, covered terrace & woodburning pizza oven perfect for the summer season.
 
One of the most picturesque pubs in the UK.
 
Just out of town
 
The Sun Inn
Coate

Swindon
SN3 6AA
01793 523292

Just the place for all the family, especially before or after visiting neighbouring Coate Water or the Richard Jefferies Museum. The garden includes a children’s playground and on sunny days the barbecue area is busy. You may even catch a live band playing outdoors in the thatched shelter.

 
Sally Pussey's Inn > Sally Pussey - website
Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
SN4 8ET
01793 852430

Brilliant when the sun's out and not half bad if you prefer the shade.

The garden at Sally Pussey's is perfect for a summer pint or a bite to eat.
Sally Pussey Wootton Bassett
 
Best in North Swindon
 
The Tawny Owl
Taw Hill
North Swindon
SN25 1WR
01793 706770

If only all modern estate pubs were like the Tawny Owl. On the edge of Swindon’s huge northern expansion and only opened in 2003, the pub has surprising charm and elegance for such a young pub, and this is complemented by its smart patio. No wonder it was the first Swindon pub licensed to hold wedding ceremonies.

 
 
The Kingsdown
Upper Stratton
Swindon
SN2 7PE
01793 824802

Drive past The Kingsdown and you'll only get a sneak peak of their wonderful pub garden.

It's one that locals and visitors in the know have enjoyed for years - whether that's a quiet drink with family and friends, a live music event or the chance to enjoy the pub food al fresco.
Kingsdown pub Swindon
 
 
The White Hart
Stratton St. Margaret
Swindon
SN3 4JD
01793 822272

Whether it's an evening pint or a lunchtime soft drink, the new decked terrace at The White Hart is the ideal place to unwind with friends and family.

 
West Swindon
 
Woodlands Edge
Sparcells
Swindon
SN5 5AN
01793 887 635

A refreshing port of call in Sparcells, West Swindon. Plenty of seating and even views of the Peatmoor lagoon.
Sports fans also love it when the big games are on with outside screens showing all the action.
Woodlands Edge pub garden West Swindon
 
Down by the river

The Riverside
Lechlade

GL7 3AQ
01367 252534

With its stunning location in the shadow of the ancient Halfpenny Bridge over the River Thames at Lechlade, The Riverside is not just popular with drinkers and diners but also ducks, swans and heron. Just the place for parking up your car or your boat and taking in the pub’s priceless atmosphere down by the riverside.
Riverside Lechlade near Swindon
 
The Trout Inn
St John's Bridge

Faringdon Road

Lechlade
GL7 3HA
01367 252313

The Trout is one of the area’s most picturesque pubs – both inside and out. In the summer the marquee is filled with the sound of music – famously jazz but also folk, blues and covers. But probably the greatest attraction of all – especially after a stroll along the banks – is the pub garden that extends right down to the River Thames.
Trout Inn, Lechlade, near Swindon
 
Red Lion, Castle Eaton > Red Lion - website
Castle Eaton
Swindon
SN6 6JZ
01793 740350

Right on the Thames path at Castle Eaton this is another country pub well worth the drive or cycle-ride.

Always busy in the summer and popular with families, children will also love a walk along the river with plenty to explore.
Red Lion Swindon Summer
 
Old Town
 
Twenty at The Kings
20 Wood Street
Swindon
SN1 4AB
01793 522156

A hidden gem with its own real ale bar at the back of one of Old Town’s busiest venues. Good food as well + available for small private parties.
Terrace at 20 at the Kings Swindon
 
Mackenzies
18 Wood Street
Swindon
SN1 4AB
01793 430111

We couldn't do a guide to Swindon's top places to enjoy a summer drink without including Mackenzies because it's been one of the best and most popular locations when the sun's out for over twenty years. Ideal as well come evening and night time with it's very own bar open 'til late.
Mackenzies Swindon
 
Longs Bar
86-87 Victoria Road
Swindon SN1 3BB
01793 534 519

Open daily from 11am, and 12pm on Sundays
 
Ideal to take a seat and enjoy a drink in their open plan main bar or conservatory. Or, of course, take in a glass or two on the terrace and watch Old Town go by.

 
Town Centre

Rudis
> Rudis - website
21 Regent Circus
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN1 1PR
01793 523 892

A summer favourite since the 60s and still ideal for a lazy summer afternoon or evening drink. And for those who fancy a true taste of the continent, Rudis also serves tapas every evening.

 
 
Revolution
51-53 Bridge Street
Swindon
SN1 1BL
01793 539 931

Revolution is proof that outdoor drinking doesn’t have to be about swings and roundabouts. This modern bar over two floors in the heart of Swindon’s liveliest drinking quarter has a spacious outdoor terrace at the back. A place right of sight that most definitely surprised us when we found it.
Revolution Swindon
 
The GW > The GW - website
Station Road
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN1 1DH
01793 694997

The GW's pub garden is a real sun-trap, perfect if you fancy a swifty before catching the train or a bus.

 
 
The Weighbridge Brewhouse The Weighbridge Brewhouse - website
Penzance Drive
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN5 7JL
01793 881500
The Weighbridge Brewhouse is open all day every day, and when it warms up there's no better place to enjoy a cool afternoon or evening drink than on their terrace.

 
Lake view
 
Stanton House
The Avenue
Stanton Fitzwarren
Swindon
SN6 7SD
0870 084 1388

What we think is probably the best view in Swindon during the summer months - Stanton park and lake from the Stanton House Hotel terrace that overlooks it.
 
Open from 10am-10pm serving drinks and food, and accessible from the park itself so walkers and dog-owners are welcome too.
Stanton House Hotel, Swindon
 
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