Wantage

The town of Wantage is an attractive market town with a good selection of independent shops – in 2014 Wantage won the Great British High Street Award.

A series of walking routes are available – call into the Vale and Downland Museum in Church Street to pick up the maps or download at www.wantage.uk.

 

Local walks

Route 1 – The Dudley Iles Nature Trail Part 1

Route 2 – The Dudley Iles Nature Trail Part 2

Route 3 – Victorian Wantage part 1

Route 4 – Victorian Wantage part 2

Route 5 – Old Grove Walk

Route 6 – White Horse Hill Walk

Route 7 – Stockham Walk

Route 8 – Aeroplane Walk

Route 9 – Springfield Walk

Route 10 – Harcourt Walk

 

Wantage is most famous as the birthplace of Alfred the Great. A statue of King Alfred sculpted in 1877 by Count Gleichen, a relative of Queen Victoria, stands in the busy market place. Alfred was born here in AD 849, when Wantage was an important Saxon town. The history of Wantage goes back long before the Saxon period.

The chalk hills of the Vale are dotted with prehistoric remains and the Romans established a settlement here and built a road linking Wantage and Oxford.

 

The Betjaman Bust

A sculpture commemorating well-known former Wantage resident Sir John Betjamen stands proudly outside the Vale and Downland Museum. Sir John Betjamen lived in Wantage between 1951 and 1972.

 

Vale and Downland Museum

Visit the  galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse, an artist/craft exhibition space, a visitor Information hub, gift shop, garden space, and cafe.

For more information visit www.wantage-museum.com.

 

The Sack House

Purchased by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust in 2012 this small building stands at what was the entrance way to the Wantage canal wharf. It is now open as a museum and canal information centre. It contains displays on the history of the canal, wharf and the building itself and other associated industrial archaeology.

The building was originally used as a weighbridge, coal merchants and a place where traders could hire sacks to send their produce around the south west of England. The enamel sign on the front is from the sack hiring company.

Open from 10am to 2pm on the first and third Wednesdays and Saturdays of each month and occasional special occasions. Entrance is free but donations are welcomed.

 

Grove

Grove is a village and civil parish on Letcombe Brook, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Wantage in the Vale of White Horse. Historically, a part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.

 

Where is Wantage?

How to get to Wantage

  • S8: Wantage to Oxford via Grove and Abingdon

    S8: Wantage to Oxford via Grove and Abingdon

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  • S9: Wantage to Oxford via Grove and Cumnor

    S9: Wantage to Oxford via Grove and Cumnor

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November 1, 2021 - July 4, 2022

Gruffalo Spotters trail at Westonbirt Arboretum

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The Stables Exhibition

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom

We have created an immersive and interactive experience in the Palace’s historic stable block showcasing the importance of horses at Blenheim through the centuries. We have restored the original tack…

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Anish Kapoor: Painting

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BP United Kingdom

A unique exhibition of paintings by Anish Kapoor (b. 1954, Mumbai, India – lives and works in London, UK). Curated with the internationally celebrated artist, this show explores the paintings…

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