Abingdon-on-Thames is a lovely old market town, with rich historical and archaeological connections. It makes an excellent base for a holiday, a short break or a day out.

With so many places to visit and things to do in Abingdon including; riverside parks, gardens and a choice of leisure facilities including tennis, swimming, boating, fishing, waterside pubs and a Monday market you will be spoilt for choice.

If you’re wondering where to stay, Abingdon-on-Thames has a wealth of architectural styles and offers an interesting variety of places to stay. By road just 6 miles south of Oxford. Oxford can be reached on foot from the Thames Path, or take a boat down the river.

Located on the river Thames, why not explore the town from the river by hopping on a Salter’s Steamers cruise up to Oxford or down to Wallingford and beyond.

Abingdon-on-Thames has an intriguing museum housed in an elegant building with stunning roof top views looking over Abingdon-on-Thames and beyond. There are also charming places to eat, and enough Abingdon tourist information and attractions to entertain the whole family.

Make sure you explore the site of the old Abingdon Abbey, which was supposedly founded in 675 by Cissa, viceroy of Centwine or his nephew Hean in honour of the Virgin Mary. Although nothing remains, the old Benedictine Abbey has a fascinating history and is well worth researching.

Abingdon has a fantastic tradition of bun throwing; where local dignitaries throw buns off the roof of the Abingdon Museum for huge crowds of people to catch in celebration specific days. The last occasion was for the for the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Visit Abingdon

Explore the Visit Abingdon page for more information on what to see and do in the historical town of Abingdon.


Where is Abingdon-on-Thames?

How to get to Abingdon-on-Thames

  • 31

    This bus line connects Oxford with Wantage, with stops in New Hinksey, Bagley Wood, Abingdon, Marcham, East Hanney and Grove. Buses depart hourly.

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  • 15

    Bus route 15 goes from Witney to Abingdon, via Ducklington, Standlake, Newbridge, Southmoor, Kingston and Marcham.

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  • City4

    Bus service 4 connects Oxford with Abingdon, via Botley, Cumnor and Wootton.

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  • City35

    Bus route 35 goes from Oxford to Abingdon, via Kennington and Radley,

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  • City13 & X13

    The City13 and the X13 services gos from Oxford to Abingdon, via John Radcliffe Hospital and Redbridge.

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Collecting the Past at Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum
March 21 @ 10:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm

A range of Chinese paintings created by scholar-artists since the 18th century. These works represent the tradition of collecting the aesthetic taste and values of the Chinese literati who governed China for more than ten centuries.

Summer Show

June 3 @ 10:00 am - July 30 @ 5:00 pm

Junction Art Gallery in Woodstock will be presenting a mixed exhibition throughout June and July which focuses on the theme of Landscape in several different mediums. Two of the artists represented are landscape painter Robert Newton and award winning ceramicist Paul Wearing. Robert Newton describes his work as ‘a diary of my surroundings’ finding inspiration in the landscape around him in Northumberland and capturing the seasons, from the rich colours of autumn to the freshness of spring. His work has…

Discovering Wychwood: Living and Working in a Royal Forest

The Oxfordshire Museum
June 10 @ 10:30 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Find out what your life would have been like if you’d lived in West Oxfordshire in 1851. The area would have been a Royal Hunting Forest! How would you have lived, worked and spent your recreation time? Find out what happened to the Royal Forest, how it came to a sudden and dramatic end and how its fortunes shaped the West Oxfordshire we know today. With rural craft demonstration days on Saturday 8 July, Saturday 29 July and Saturday 19…

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