Swindon Town – County Ground

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county ground swindonThe County Ground is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 15, 728. It is the home ground of Swindon Town FC.

At one end is the Stratton Bank Stand, a former terrace with rows of seats bolted on to it. This area is uncovered and has a clock above it, along with a small electronic scoreboard.

Opposite is the small, covered Town End, with several supporting pillars across its front. An unusual feature is that the supporting legs of one of the floodlight pylons are actually in one side of the stand, with some seats behind them. The sides are larger, two-tiered, covered stands.

The newer of these is the attractive Don Rogers Stand, while on the other side is the older Arkells Stand, which has windshields on both sides and a few supporting pillars.

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How to get to the County Ground

By Road:
county ground directionsThe County Ground is located in County Road, Swindon SN1 2ED.

Drivers arriving from the East and West should follow the M4 to junction 15, turning left onto the Marlborough Road (A4259). At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Queen’s Drive. The next set of roundabouts is known as the “Magic Roundabout,” consisting of a traffic island surrounded by 5 mini-roundabouts. Take the 3rd exit onto County Road and the first right for the ground.

From the Midlands, take the M40 to junction 9, then the A43, A34 and the A420 into Swindon. At Drake’s Roundabout turn onto Queen’s Drive. At the Magic Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto County Road and the first right for the stadium. The ground is well signposted in and around Swindon town centre.

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By Rail:
swindon railway stationSwindon train station is about a 15-minute walk from the County Ground. On exiting the station, cross the road and follow the road between the Great Western and Queen’s Tap pubs. At the end of the road, turn left into Manchester Road and follow it to its end. Turn right and the junction and the stadium is about 300 yards on the left. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Bristol, at a distance of 42½ miles. The “Bristol International Flyer” express coach service provides regular services to Bristol Temple Meads station, which in turn offers regular rail connections to Swindon. Click here to check the current flight times

There are several taxi companies in Swindon that can take you to and from the County Ground. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

county ground parkingMost visiting fans recommend parking at the County Cricket ground. Turn into County Road off the Magic Roundabout (see above), passing the County Hotel on the right. Follow signs for “Football Parking” from just before the mini-roundabout. Alternatively, there is limited parking available at the ground and some on-street parking for early arrivals.

Away Friendly Pubs near the County Ground

pubs near county ground swindonThe County Cricket Club, behind the Arkells Stand, is also a favourite watering-hole for visiting fans. The club reportedly extends a very warm welcome to visiting fans and its prices are very competitive. However, the Cricket Club facilities are not available when a cricket match is in progress. The Merlin, on Drove Road, has also received favourable reports, welcoming away fans and having numerous TV screens showing Sky Sports. This pub can be reached by taking the 1st exit from the infamous Magic Roundabout.

For early arrivals, Swindon town centre is a 15-minute walk away and offers several away friendly pubs. Otherwise, alcohol is available at the ground, in the Arkells Stand, but not the Stratton Bank End.

Hotels near the County Ground

jurys inn swindonJurys Inn Swindon, Fleming Road, Swindon SN1 2NG has an excellent location, close to all local attractions and just a few hundred yards from the County Ground. All rooms are air-conditioned and have flat-screen TVs with Freeview channels.

swindon marriott hotelThe Swindon Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way, Swindon SN3 1SH is located on the edge of Swindon’s historic Old Town, surrounded by woodlands, but within 1½ miles of the County Ground. It offers all the amenities expected from a 4-star hotel and is easily accessible from the M4.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip?

away fans swindonMost away fans have found Swindon to be a relaxed, friendly day out and some have remarked that the sizeable Police presence seems excessive. The view of play from the Arkells Stand are reported as “fine,” though the view from the rear of this stand is impaired by a supporting pillar. The range and quality of food on offer, served from a small kiosk at the rear of the stand, is good.

However, several visitors note that care should be taken in returning to the seating areas, as the heavy doors open outwards. Fans of better supported teams have been almost universally unimpressed by the open Stratton Bank End, which has been described as “grim” in cold or wet weather.

Your comments about Swindon Town – County Ground

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  1. Mike Wilkins

    Bad day out. Swindon fans create no atmosphere. All the noise was coming from the away fans standing behind the goal. Merlin seemed a friendly pub with hundreds of away fans in until a mob of around 50 swindon fans came in and caused a punch up. It was very intimidating outside the ground and I would advise that club colours should be kept covered at all times.

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    • paul francis.

      i’ve only this to say about swindon fc. away end very run down,cramped.you’re a few rows away from the home fans.who it seems are allowed to give you loads of abuse whilst stewards just stand and stare at the away fans.should you travel there by coach or rail,make sure you’re in groups of 50 + as a group of yobs turn up after the game and cowardly attack innocent fans returning to their transport home……

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  3. Shawn mackay

    Good day out. Home fans didn’t create much noise but the away fans did. Friendly fans and stewards. Could wear club colours outside the ground if you wanted to. Legroom was abit squahed.

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  5. tom grimmett

    was a bad day all in all.was in the open away end was chucked straight in a pub which had hudreds of city fans in was not allowed to leave the pub till 2.30 where we was marched to the ground in a massive police escort. had a load of swidon fans chucking abuse at us wen we got there. the toliets were portacabins and massive cues for um. can not believe in this day an age they have not had to improve the away end

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