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Local Area Guide

Abingdon-on-Thames is a charming and picturesque town with something for everyone. Originally the county town of Berkshire, it became part of Oxfordshire in 1974. There are records of the town itself being the oldest continuously inhabited town in Britain. The Abbey buildings date back to at least the 7th Century and is now home to the Unicorn Theatre.

In part, it is the history surrounding Abingdon that adds to its appeal as an excellent base for a day out, short break or holiday. Many of its buildings have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, and the Monday market has existed since 1556. There is also a farmers market which sells local produce every third Monday of the month. Two of the main roads into Abingdon cross the River Thames and the River Ock, over bridges that are themselves listed as ancient monuments. The bridge over the Thames is over 550 years old. In more recent years Abingdon has also become famous for being the birthplace of MG Cars.

Being situated on The River Thames has always been important to the town and today is a focal point for a selection of recreational activities. Attractive riverside gardens and friendly Pubs and Restaurants cater for many visitors, while anglers fill the riverbanks and pleasure cruisers pass unhurriedly through the picturesque lock.

In addition to its history, there are many other excellent attractions that bring people to Abingdon every year. Not the least of which is the town's central shopping area which is well serviced, compact and easily accessed by foot making it a pleasure to find just what you are looking for.

Abingdon is also centrally located, and for that reason a convenient base for day trips and visiting. Ever popular and exciting, Oxford is just 8 miles away. Further on, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and attractions such as Blenheim Palace and the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds are within easy driving distance.

So whatever you age or interest, Abingdon will stimulate the senses. It offers a quaint, historic but fully featured town and is well worth taking the time to explore.

Local Attractions

Here are just a few of the local attractions in the area...

Oxfordshire Golf Club

Sitting in the shadow of the striding Chiltern Hills, situated just outside Thame, The Oxfordshire Golf Club, provides the golfer with the perfect reason for playing golf in Oxfordshire.

Oxford River Cruises

Oxford River Cruises provides a range of luxurious scheduled trips and private charters along the same stretch of the River Thames as that taken by Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell in a small rowing boat almost 150 years ago.

Oxfordshire Stadium

Oxford Stadium is one of the Oxford's most exciting and interesting nights out. Set around our illuminated racing track, the stadium offers a night of greyhound racing that everyone will enjoy.

Oxford Ice Rink

Get your skates on and have fun at Oxford's Ice rink. They have recently installed a new snow generating machine during public sessions which showers the ice and skaters with 'snow'.


The Cotswolds have always been looked upon as the Heart of England. It is one of the few regions with an architectural style all of its own and the steeply pitched roofs, stone mullions and dormer windows are typical.

Salters Steamers

As one of the longest established firms on the Thames, Salters Steamers own one of the largest and most exclusive fleets operating on the river and their cruises combine traditional style, contemporary comforts and the highest modern standards.

Oxford Guides

There is no better way of seeing and understanding Oxford than on a guided walking tour. You will walk in the footsteps of the famous, and amongst the brilliant students, some of whom will be the celebrities of the future.



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