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Dorchester On Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7JP
Dorchester on Thames


A charming, riverside, Oxfordshire village five miles from Wallingford, and nine miles from Oxford, Dorchester-on-Thames is steeped in history. Close to an Iron age hillfort, it was formerly a Celtic market centre and a Roman town, but it was the advent of Christianity that truly put Dorchester-on-Thames on the map.  St Birinus baptised the Saxon King Cynegils in 635 and established an Episcopal see that covered most of England.

Building commenced in 1140 on an Augustinian monastery of which the magnificent medieval abbey church remains, still in use today for worship, music and events. Dorchester, today is a village of interesting and charming buildings, reflecting many architectural styles, and recently been a location for the Television series “Midsommer Murders”.

The surrounding landscape promises a beautiful and seductive escape with much for the outdoor enthusiast. The nature reserve of the imposing Sinodun Hills (known as Wittenham clumps) overlooks the village, and there are marvellous local walks and cycle rides that include the Clumps, nearby Clifton Hampden and the local Hurst Meadow.

So whether you come for a day visit, or spend longer for the local food and warm welcome of the hotels and B+B’s, Dorchester-on-Thames  is truly a worthwhile destination.

For more information, visit the official tourism website for Dorchester-on-Thames.



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