Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city?

Feb 20 2017

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city?

Then why not come and explore Abingdon-on-Thames. This quint essential Market Town, steeped in history and reputed to be the oldest inhabited town in England offers a warm, welcoming place to enjoy a fun packed and interesting day out with so much to see and do. Only a few miles from Oxford and easily accessible for all by car, bus and river, find yourself in this historic Market Town nestling in the heart of rural Oxfordshire.

Make the most of the riverside as you explore the traditional trading and commuter routes. Being set on the banks of the Thames does have its advantages, so bring your boots or your bike and take some time to explore Abingdon’s beautiful, great outdoors. For those who want a gentler pace of life, soak up the history of the ancient streets, take a guided or self-guided tour to discover the fantastic history and architecture including the wonderful County Hall Museum. After all the exertion and excitement why not stop for a bite to eat, choose from one of the many coffee shops and restaurants for a rest and refuel ready for a leisurely browse through our many independent shops.

Do you want to find out more about the history Abingdon has on offer? Then start of your stroll down the Abbey buildings, the Long Gallery is one of the few surviving buildings of the great Medieval Abbey of Abingdon and recent tree-ringing dating has established that it was built in 1455. Next to the Long Gallery is the stunning Unicorn Theatre, converted from residential it is now the hub of the Theatre scene in Abingdon. Why not walk under the Abbey Gateway, the impressive 15th century entrance to the Abbey until you meet the handsome County Hall Museum set in the Market Place, the centre of the Town. This stunning building, dating back to 1678, now houses the town museum. Take a look around the three floors full of artefacts and historical facts; don’t miss a visit to the roof top terrace to take in the stunning views!

If you’re still itching for more, walk down the impressive East St Helen’s Street; one of the earliest in Abingdon. Roman remains have been found below the ground at a number of houses. Running from the market place to St Helen’s church – both with Saxon origins – it was probably a major street in pre-Conquest Abingdon. At the end of the street, you will come across St Helens Church set on the stunning River Thames. St Helen’s has always been Abingdon’s principal church, remarkable for its shape, being much wider than it is long, and even more so for the ceiling paintings in its Lady Chapel, which are of the late fourteenth century and of great artistic importance. Set in the grounds are the beautiful Brick Alley Almshouses, a must to admire.

Need to take a break? Relax, take in Abingdon in all its beauty in one of our many restaurants, friendly country pubs or coffee shops serving a variety of mouth-watering feasts.

There is so much more to explore in Abingdon, this is just the start. Maybe book a guided tour or just leisurely wander at your own pace using a self-guided tour. Why not pop into our friendly Tourist Information for more ideas of what to do and see. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30am till 3:00pm

Don’t forget our Monday Market set in the beautiful Market Place or the Farmers Market that visit every 3rd Friday in the month.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Credit: www.visitabingdon.co.uk