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.
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.Read more...
The University of Oxford’s Harcourt Arboretum (20-minutes via Oxford Bus Company’s River Rapids X39/X40 from Oxford) is in the small village of Nuneham Courtenay. The 130-acre site is open all year round and contains the best collection of trees in Oxfordshire, with seasonal highlights and plenty of children’s activities.
Stroll around the cute-as-a-dormouse village of Dorchester-on-Thames (8-minutes via bus from Harcourt Arboretum), a village of timber-framed houses. The main attraction in the village is the medieval Abbey, built in the 12th Century.
Benson (7-minutes via bus from Dorchester-on-Thames) is a great stop from which to walk along the tranquil banks of the River Thames. Sit and admire the views of green fields, pretty meadows, farmland and forest from the comfort of the Waterfront Café.
For a touch of luxury nearby, treat yourself to a meal or a stay at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton – Raymond Blanc’s famous Michelin-starred Restaurant, Hotel and Cookery School.
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.Read more...
The small village of Nuffield (30-minutes via bus from Wallingford) is the location of Nuffield Place, once home to William Morris, founder of the Morris Motor Company, and his wife. Their home and personal possessions are just as they left them, the décor and furnishings intact.
A picturesque riverside town, Henley-on-Thames (40-minutes via bus from Nuffield) is home to the famous Henley Royal Regatta, the River and Rowing Museum and nearby, The Henley Distillery. One of the most beautiful towns in Oxfordshire, Henley-on-Thames is home to independent shops and restaurants. Its riverside location, surrounded by a landscape of wooded hills and green fields, lends itself to relaxation. Explore the town on a self-guided walk or take a stroll along the river.