Abingdon-on-Thames

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

Steeped 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 river.

Abingdon-On-Thames has an intriguing museum housed in an elegant building with stunning rooftop 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 farmers 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 ceremonial 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 10th November 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

 

Abingdon Abbey Buildings

The remains of the great Abbey of Abingdon, constisting of atmospheric medieval buildings, are the oldest buildings in the town. The Abbey was the 6th richest in England and one of the first to be demolished in the Reformation in 1538. The remaining range was saved in 1944 by the Friends of Abingdon who maintain them; they are now a Scheduled Monument and architecturally Grade 1 Listed.

At the core of the town’s history they make a fascinating visit which includes the 13 century Exchequer, the Long Gallery and the converted Elizabethan style Unicorn Theatre. They are open from May to September or by arrangement. Opening times can be found at www.friendsofabingdon.org.uk.

 

How to Get Here

Bus from Oxford:

X3 – Oxford to Abingdon

X2 – Oxford to Didcot via Abingdon

City13/X13 – John Radcliffe Hospital to Abingdon via Oxford

City35 – Oxford to Abingdon

City4 – Oxford to Abingdon

31 – Oxford to Wantage via Abingdon

 

Boat:

Salters Steamers transport from Oxford to Abingdon

 

Cycle:

Abingdon is on the Sustrans national cycle route, with both Radley and Culham railway stations within easy reach.

 

Where is Abingdon-on-Thames?

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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SCENE THROUGH WOOD: A CENTURY OF WOOD ENGRAVING

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
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Free Exhibition open from 28 Mar 2020 Gallery 8 Free Admission Celebrating the art of wood engraving over the last 100 years, this exhibition curated by Anne Desmet RA, will display the most outstanding wood engravings in the Ashmolean, complemented by loans from private collections. Marking the centenary of the Society of Wood Engravers, the exhibition charts the history and global spread of this widely loved art form. Image: Edwina Ellis, 1996. Detail of Waterloo  

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Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP United Kingdom

Some birds will swoop low over your heads and some will soar high in the sky over the Park’s beautiful grounds. See a variety of different birds from eagles to owls in these exciting demonstrations by Cotswold Falconry, which take place at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on the lawns in front of the Manor house on specific days.

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Wantage Country Market

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Wantage Country Market is held in the Museum Cafe every Friday morning. The best place to buy fresh homemade goodies such as jams, chutneys and cakes as well as home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers. They also have some crafts, including cards, aprons & knitted baby wear. *Please note this market is not organised by the Museum, the Wantage Country Market is a separate organisation.

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