Nestled in Oxfordshire, ten miles south of Oxford, Didcot is a quaint town which exudes charm through its blend of historic architecture and modern amenities. Situated along the Great Western Main Line railway, Didcot has long been a vital hub of transportation and industry. Its name derives from “dede”, an old English word meaning “pit” or “quarry”, reflecting its industrial heritage.


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Didcot boasts a rich tapestry of cultural attractions and recreational opportunities. The Cornerstone Arts Centre, housed in a modern, purpose-built facility, offers a diverse array of performances, exhibitions, and workshops, enriching the cultural fabric of the community.

Meanwhile, the Didcot Railway Centre preserves the town’s railway heritage, featuring a collection of historic locomotives and offering steam train rides for enthusiasts of all ages. This 21-acre living museum with a unique collection of Great Western Railway locomotives, carriages, wagons, buildingd and small artefacts set around the original 1932 Engine Shed. The Railway Centre was also repeatedly showcased in Hollywood movies such as Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Anne Karenina with Kira Knightly or Beyond Narnia.

The area around Didcot is also known for one of the largest scientific clusters around the UK, with many well-known science and technology campuses, such as the Culham Science Centre, the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and the Orchard Centre.

Other attractions in town are the Orchard Shopping Centre and the outdoor recreation areas Edmonds Park, Ladygrove Park, Millennium Wood and Hagbourne Triangle.

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in Didcot’s picturesque surroundings, with ample green spaces and nature reserves to explore. The nearby Wittenham Clumps, a pair of wooded hills overlooking the Thames Valley, provide stunning panoramic views and opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and wildlife spotting.

Didcot’s thriving town centre buzzes with activity, boasting a vibrant mix of shops, cafes, and restaurants. From quaint independent boutiques to well-known retail chains, there’s something to cater to every taste and preference.

Despite its modest size, Didcot offers residents and visitors alike a unique blend of heritage, culture, and natural beauty. Whether wandering through its historic streets, immersing oneself in its cultural offerings, or simply enjoying the tranquility of its surroundings, Didcot invites exploration and discovery at every turn.


Getting There

By Bus

Thames Travel offers the X2 Bus Route from Oxford to Didcot.

By Train

Great Western Railway runs a frequent train service from Oxford Railway Station to Didcot Parkway Station.

If you’re looking for accessible transport, Driving Miss Daisy Didcot provides a door-to-door transport service for individuals with physical or mental disabilities, developmental issues and other social needs. They aim to help give people the freedom and confidence to get out and do the things they love, whilst providing a safe, caring and reliable service tailored to individual needs.

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