Parks and open spaces in Swindon - Coate Water

Coate Water Country Park has a 56-acre reservoir built in the 1820s as a headwater tank for the Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal. In the 1970s a smaller lake was created as a flood storage lagoon, which was made Wiltshire's first Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 1976. Most of the site and all the water have been declared a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) in order to protect the wildlife and wildflower meadows.

Coate Water Country Park is open 365 days of the year, 24 hours per day.

The following facilities are available:

  • Ranger centre and information point
  • Car park (pay and display) or find out about car parking season tickets
  • Café
  • Male, female and disabled toilets
  • Modular Changing Places toilet:
    • located next to the Splash Park and toilets 
    • security lock that can only be unlocked using the Royal Association for Disability Rights (Radar) National Key Scheme
    • includes a height-adjustable wash basin, a height-adjustable changing bench, a shower and a ceiling track hoist, which is compatible with a loop sling attachment. It is important to note that slings are not provided.
  • All toilet facilities are open every day, except for Christmas Day, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Splash Park (seasonal)
  • Play area
  • Nature reserve
  • Barbeque hire
  • Dogs are welcome but are restricted in some areas of the park
How to get there
Coate Water Country Park is situated on the south-east side of Swindon.
Location map
Contact details
The Ranger Centre
Coate Water Country Park
Marlborough Road

Tel: 07824 550463