South Oxfordshire

Type:Towns & Villages

Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Tel: 01491 826972



Voted one of the best countryside locations to relocate, Wallingford is well known for its location on the banks of the River Thames, taking its name from the crossing it provided to animals and people.  

The Town Hall sits at the heart of the town in the marketplace. Surrounding this grade 1 listed building are the independent shops that Wallingford is celebrated for. The town is host to regular markets on a Friday, Saturday and every third Tuesday of the month. 

Wallingford boasts surviving Saxon features at one end of the town, the Corn Exchange Theatre, a grade II listed building built in 1856 in the centre, and a 14th-century old coaching inn at the other end. 

Wallingford also has a preserved former Great Western Railway branch line ‘The Bunk Line’ which runs heritage diesel or steam train rides on most weekends from Easter to September.  

Dame Agatha Christie, the famous crime novelist, short story writer and playwright, lived in Wallingford for over 40 years and the town is the original location of Causton in Midsomer Murders. 

Top five things to do in Wallingford 

  1. Wallingford Castle Gardens and Meadows: Managed by the Earth Trust, Wallingford Castle Meadow includes the remains of one of the greatest medieval castles in England, along with floodplain meadows beside the Thames and a Victorian Grotto 
  2. Corn Exchange: Venue for film, theatre, music and screenings of theatre/ballet/opera from major national venues 
  3. Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary: A registered charity that cares for donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, geese and ducks 
  4. PureBoating: Self-drive and Skippered Day Boat Hire on the River Thames 
  5. Wallingford Museum: The museum has an extensive collection relating to the town's history. Displays include archaeology, Wallingford Castle, and the town in medieval and Victorian times 


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Establishment Features

  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies - Wallingford Town Hall is licensed for weddings and ceremonies

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)
  • Parking (free) - In South Oxfordshire District Council car parks

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre - A quintessential English market town with all attractions accessible on foot from the centre


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Wallingford is easily accessible from the M4, M40 and A34. The town is also well connected by road to Reading and Oxford on the A4074. There are a number of car parks within the town and main line train stations can be found nearby at Cholsey and Didcot. There are frequent services from both stations to London Paddington, Reading and Oxford. 

Public Transport Directions

The town is well served by local bus operator Thames Travel with regular services to Oxford, Reading, Henley and Didcot, and to many of the surrounding villages.


  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member - Bronze Tourism South East Member - Bronze 2022

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

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