Abingdon-on-Thames

Abingdon–on–Thames, a quaint, bustling market town, nestled on the river Thames and just waiting to be explored, just 6 miles south of Oxford.

Seeped in history and dating back to the Saxon era, Abingdon-On-Thames is a rare gem. Holding claim to ‘the oldest, continuously inhabited town in the UK’ Abingdon is a delight to visit. Stroll around the town and soak in the wealth of architecture, historical treasures, shopping, independent stores and of course the beautiful Thames.

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

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.

A few more historic buildings you may want to explore will include:

The Abbey Gateway, St Nicolas Church, Abbey Buildings, Trendell’s Folly, The lost Abbey Trail, St Helen’s Church, Long Alley Almhouse.

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.

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How to get to Abingdon-on-Thames

  • 31: Oxford to Wantage via Abingdon

    Service 31 connects Oxford with Wantage, with stops in New Hinksey, Bagley Wood, Abingdon, Marcham, East Hanney and Grove. Buses depart hourly.

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  • City4: Oxford to Abingdon

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

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  • City35: Oxford to Abingdon

    Service 35 connects Oxford to Abingdon, via Kennington and Radley,

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  • City13 & X13: John Radcliffe Hospital to Abingdon via Oxford

    The City13 and the X13 services links the JR Hospital with Abingdon via Oxford and Redbridge Park&Ride.

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Hospital Faringdon’s Pump House in World War I

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August 18, 2018 - January 18, 2019

A new exhibition ‘Hospital: Faringdon’s Pump House in WWI’ will be opening in the Pump House in Faringdon, from Saturday August 18th 2018, and will run for six months. The exhibition will feature original items from the Red Cross’s historical collections and items from Oxfordshire Museums’ Service collections as well as previously unseen items from Lord Faringdon’s personal collection at Buscot Park. Lord Faringdon’s grandmother, Lady Violet Henderson, became a registered Red Cross member in 1907 while nursing her husband,…

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Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft

Ashmolean Museum
August 31, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

This is the Ashmolean's first exhibition to examine how magical thinking has been practised over the centuries. With exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails, mummified cats concealed in walls and many other intriguing objects, this exhibition shows that our use of magic is driven by our strongest emotions: the need to be loved, our fear of evil and the desire to protect our homes. While belief in magic and rituals can be comforting,…

A Medieval Mosaic – Guinness World Record Winning Bayeux Tapestry Re-creation

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
September 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - February 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Exhibition available throughout regular museum opening times. Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, Sundays 2pm - 5pm.

The Medieval Mosaic is a re-recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry handcrafted from 3 million pieces of spring steel. The mosaic, created by Michael A. Linton, is 64 metres long, weighs 350kg and took 33 years to complete. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest steel mosaic. In 2005 Michael added an 8 metre 'Finale Section' which depicts events leading up to the crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day 1066. In 2012,…

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