Journey south in the county and you’ll find picturesque villages and historic market towns. Explore country houses, visit local museums and enjoy the unspoilt landscape of the Chilterns, river Thames and the Ridgeway.

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Explore country houses, visit local museums and enjoy the unspoilt landscape of South Oxfordshire and the Chiltern Hills. Relax in charming villages and enjoy the historic market towns with their unique mix of independent retailers and high street shops. In this 2 day itinerary we pick out the best things to see and do along the route along the River Thames, through Wallingford and South Oxfordshire, to Henley-on-Thames.

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Morning

Wander the cobbled streets of Wallingford (10-minutes via bus from Benson), which has been important historically due to its excellent ford, and today the same crossing place has one of the finest bridges over the River Thames. Learn more about former resident, Dame Agatha Christie, in a circular walk taking in places linked to the author, and discover the town’s links with Midsomer Murders, as well as the ruins of Wallingford Castle and the excellent Wallingford Museum.

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Accommodation

★★★★★ Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is a luxury hotel-restaurant set in elegant gardens in the Oxfordshire countryside.

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★★★★ Close to Oxford, voco Oxford Thames hotel combines its medieval character with 21st-century style.

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Self-catering. Snaptrip offers a great range of places to stay from cosy cottages to luxury stately homes in Oxfordshire.

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The Chequers at Burcot lies south of Oxford and offers 9 boutique rooms with all the comforts of home.

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Food and drink

Chef Raymond Blanc’s Restaurant is one of the best places to dine in the country and a site of gastronomic excellence.

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The Black Horse is a beautiful pub and brasserie that is simply brimming with character in the heart of Thame.

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The Chequers at Burcot is a gastropub located in the heart of Burcot with a menu catering to all tastes.

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Shop local

This perfume boutique in the heart of Thame features a range of quality unisex niche perfumes and home fragrances.

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Wallingford Local Producers Market provides fresh, local and handmade food and crafts, made by members of the community.

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Housed in a 18th century barn, The Henley Distillery is a family-run distillery offering gin tours and tastings.

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Attractions

Didcot Railway Centre is a 25-acre railway museum with trains dating from Victorian times to the 1960s.

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Harcourt Arboretum is home to 130 acres of British woodland, open wildflower meadows and trees from around the world.

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The doors of the museum open onto the art and stories of the river, the history of Henley and more.

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The Oxfordshire Walks app showcases 200+ walks such as Henley-on-Thames, Chiltern Hills and Christmas Common.

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The historic Stonor Park is surrounded by 250 acres of sweeping grounds and beautiful gardens.

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The Carter Company’s cycling, walking and touring holidays give the chance to discover hidden gems and local secrets.

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Waterperry gardens is home to 8 acres of inspirational gardens, a museum, garden shop, gallery and more.

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