Type:Towns & Villages

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.

Informaiton is available locally in the village at the interactive touch screen points in the Abbey Museum and in Dorchester Abbey itself.

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

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car:
Dorchester is located 9 miles SE of Oxford just off the A4074 between Berinsfield and Benson. Parking is available at the southern end of the highstreet before the bridge at Bridge End car park. Parking is Free.
By Walking or Cycling:
Both the Thames Path and the Oxfordshire Cycleway pass close to Dorchester-on-Thames. The Ridgeway is also close by.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus:
Regular bus services to Oxford, Wallingford and Henley. Oxford Tube buses provide connections to London.
By Train:
Nearest Station is Cholsey on the Reading line. Nearest mainline station is Didcot Parkway.
By Boat:
Dorchester is on the river Thames, and mooring is available for boats at Days Lock.

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