Midsomer Murders Locations
Discover the various filming locations of the famous TV and book series Midsomer Murders; many of which were filmed in Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire is an ideal place to follow in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby of Causton CID, and fellow characters of the popular series, to explore Midsomer county; the home of traditional pubs, village greens, fetes and Sunday afternoon cricket. However, Midsomer is not as idyllic as it appears, as murder, kidnap and blackmail are all common crimes committed by the inhabitants of this fictional English county.
While many villages in Oxfordshire were featured in Midsomer Murders, five towns are particular favourites for the filming of the TV show. Henley-on-Thames, Wallingford, Dorchester-on-Thames, Thame and Watlington, are all home to a variety of different Midsomer Murder film locations, which can be explored with their very own Midsomer walking trails.
Henley-on-Thames: In the episode, Last Year’s Model, the Grade II listed Town Hall of Henley was used as the ‘Court House of Causton’. The Town Hall was also used as the ‘auction room’ in Black Book. Additionally, the Gabriel Machin butcher shop, which has existed in Henley since 1861, was featured in The Magician’s Nephew episode as a double for ‘Anton Thorneycroft’s butcher’. And the popular Royal Regatta, which takes place in Henley every year, became the Midsomer Regatta in Dead in the Water, which Barnaby and his wife visited for a picnic. Café Vinters, where Barnaby bought drinks in the Dawn Amongst the Dead Men is also located in Henley and was transformed into La Bodega, a restaurant and tapas bar.
Wallingford: Wallingford is representing the town of Causton; walk along the Midsomer walking trail and discover the Corn Exchange, the Market Place as well as the Theatre, which displayed the Causton Playhouse in numerous episodes.
Dorchester-on-Thames: Dorchester-on-Thames, is known as one of the prettiest Midsomer county villages and a great place to stay for an authentic Midsomer stay. Choose between three historic Inns, which were all featured in past episodes. Dorchester is also home to ‘The house in the woods’, known today as Abbey’s Museum, which was the place where Barnaby’s wife met with the conservation group.
Watlington: To find the ‘Causton library’, you have to visit Watlington and its very own library. In addition, Watlington is home to Calnans, which represented Dorset’s Family Butchers in Judgement. In the same episode, the Grade II listed Town Hall at the top of the High Street was used for the scene in which Joyce Barnaby is a judge in the Perfect Village Competition.
Thame: Thame was used as filming location for many episodes. The Spreadeagle Hotel appeared as ‘The Morecroft Hotel’ in Midsomer Life and Rumseys tea room was featured as Madrigals camera shop in A Picture of Innocence.
Pubs visited by Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby
- The Argyll, a 17th-century pub, was visited by Barnaby & Jones to meet clinical psychiatrist Pru Plunkett.
- The Six Bells, a 16th-century pub was frequently featured as the ‘Black Swan’.
Midsomer Murder Mystery Tours
Private guided tours of the town and villages featured in the series are available with Sho4 Travel. Prices start from £250 for a full day private tour for 2 people with a collection in Oxford or the Aylesbury area.