Wallingford Museum



High Street, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 0DB

Tel: 01491 835065

Wallingford Museum


Attractions include:-

Our special exhibition for 2022 , devised well before the current crisis, traces the fascinating history of Wallingford’s hospitals, caring for the sick in the town from medieval times to the present day. Its portrayal of the challenges of dealing with plague, leprosy, smallpox, scarlet fever and other such outbreaks, as well as more common illness and disabilities, brings the past vividly to light. Ironically, it puts our present troubles in their historic context. 

A Victorian Street Scene with walk-in Shop, Pub, Workshop & Workhouse peepshow.

Special features on the River Thames, models of Wallingford Bridge and Thames weirs, Roman burials from Crowmarsh and a detailed scale model of Wallingford Station.

Special exhibitions always changing, including Agatha Christie -  for information on what's new and events visit website.

Fun things for children - including  much loved 'smelly, feely' drawers and archaeology sandpits.

We suggest you allow at least an hour and a half for your visit.

The museum will open from Tuesday March 1st this year,  please check our website for details of opening dates/times.

New Model of Wallingford’s Royal Castle.

Wallingford Museum’s dedicated team of researchers have worked with architectural model maker, Ben Taggart, to create a 1:300 scale model (1.5m x1.6m) of Wallingford’s royal castle as it may have been in the mid-14th century. 

This amazing collaboration has drawn on15 years of research, unravelling the castle’s history, using archaeology, geophysical surveys, LiDAR, maps, and the transcription, translation and analysis of many documentary records. The culmination of all this research is this magnificent model of the castle at the height of its power, in the 1330s, set in the context of the north-east quarter of the town.
Accompanying displays will present the story of the research documentary and archaeological – that informed the layout of the model and how it was beautifully created for the museum.

Ben Taggart of Model Houses creates house portraits and scale models of homes and historical buildings.

Please visit website for daily opening times 

Book Tickets



  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Wallingford is situated on the River Thames on the A329 Shillingford - Reading road and the A4130 Didcot - Henley. It is easily reached via the A34 from the M4 (junction 13) or from the M40 (junction 9) or via the A329 from the M40 junction 7. It is about 20 minutes from Oxford, 15 minutes from Henley and 30 minutes from Reading. The Museum is near the centre of the town, opposite the open space called The Kinecroft. There is parking for up to 2 hours at the nearby Waitrose car-park - alternatively the town's long-stay car-park is just a few metres further away in Goldsmith's Lane, well worth it if you want to make a day of your visit to this historic and fascinating town.  

Public Transport Directions

Find Wallingford Museum by Train There is a half-hourly train service (hourly on Sundays) to Cholsey Station from Oxford, Didcot, Reading and London Paddington. Cholsey is two miles from Wallingford. On certain weekends, the heritage Cholsey & Wallingford Railway operates trains (often steam-hauled) to Wallingford. See their website, www.cholsey-wallingford-railway.comfor details. Thames Travel operates an hourly Monday-Saturday service from Cholsey to Wallingford Market Place (136) - see details at Thames Travel - Oxfordshire and Berkshire Bus service. Alternatively, you can buy an integrated ticket for rail travel to Reading Station and then by X39 or X40 bus to Wallingford. This service operates seven days a week (including evenings and all day Sunday). Train times are available at www.nationalrail.co.uk

Find Wallingford Museum by Bus Thames Travel operates a comprehensive range of regular bus services to Wallingford from Abingdon, Benson, Berinsfield, Brightwell, Cholsey, Dorchester-on-Thames, Goring, Henley, Nettlebed, Oxford, Reading, Watlington and Witney. See latest timetables at Thames Travel - Oxfordshire and Berkshire Bus service. 

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