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Abingdon County Hall Museum

Market place
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3HG United Kingdom
01235 523703

Abingdon is England’s oldest continually inhabited town, come and find out why at Abingdon Museum. The Museum is set in a 17th Century English Baroque County Hall built by Christopher Kempster who worked with Sir Christopher Wren on rebuilding churches in London after the Great Fire of 1666.

Originally used as a courtroom for the Berkshire Assizes, the County Hall has also been a venue for entertainment and since 1761 the venue for the traditional ‘bun throwing’ to commemorate royal events. A museum was first set up in the building in 1919. We have a programme of changing exhibitions throughout the year, exploring topics such as science, archaeology, engineering, arts and crafts. So, there is always something new to discover.

Our café is currently undergoing changes, but you can still access kid’s activities and educational sessions in the cellar, where you will also find the ‘Crossley Gas Engines’ exhibits, toilets and baby changing facilities. The cellar is wheelchair accessible with disabled WC via the external lift from street level. The Galleries are up 37 step and then 53 steps respectively and the roof terrace a further 16 steep steps. The roof open April to October in a must visit attraction with long views into the Oxfordshire countryside. MG enthusiasts will love the MGB on display, but there’s plenty more from Pre-history through Roman, Saxon and the Middle Ages to the development of local modern industry.

Opening Hours:

10 – 4pm
Tuesday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays)
Closed 24th December to 2nd January.


Free admission to Galleries.
Access to roof terrace during clement weather from April to October – Child or English Heritage Member £1.00 adult £2.00


December 2021

December 11 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Christmas at Abingdon Museum

Abingdon County Hall Museum, Market place
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3HG United Kingdom

Join our Museum Crafting Crew for some jolly good fun with their craft session and make lots of festive objects for your home, or something to give as a gift! Wander around the museum illuminated galleries, follow our Christmas Light Trail and have a go at the Lucky Dip Box in the museum shop. Drop in session - Free entry (suggested donation £1). Our volunteer-run family activities are a great way to spend a bit of time learning a new…

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