The Oxfordshire market town of Abingdon is just 13 miles from the historic university town of Oxford. Close to the A34 trunk road, the town is easily accessible by road and has good rail links. The town is well known for a 15th century bridge – Abingdon Bridge – that spans the River Thames, and is also home to the remains of an ancient Benedictine Abbey.
Further interest is to be found in the County Hall Museum which occupies a grand building once used as the County Hall of the county of Berkshire – in which it once resided – and is also home to one of the earliest recorded schools in the country – Abingdon School. The town is also famed for being a traditional home of Morris Dancing, the ancient form of dance that is very English in its origins, and troupes still perform to this day, and there are many architecturally attractive buildings in the town itself.
Abingdon County Hall
This wonderful building is the centrepiece of the town and has been lovingly restored by the townsfolk. (01235 523 703)
Only opened every second Sunday of the month is this 200 year old working watermill. You can also catch glimpses of the local wildlife here. Located at Garford. (01367 718 888)
This miniature township and landscape displays a 1920’s village, with the great Western Railway travelling thought the middle.
(01865 407 365)
Abingdon County Hall Museum
The collections of the town’s ancestry here date back centuries, and they are housed in a grade 1 listed building. Located in the Market Place. (01235 523 703)
Didcot Railway Centre
Located 6 miles from Abingdon are some wonderfully restored steam engines. On some days you can even go back in history and ride on them. (01235 817 200)