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Wallingford

Oxfordshire

Type:Historic Site

Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Tel: 01491 826972

Wallingford

About

Wallingford is a quintessential English market town with plenty of things to see and do, whether a destination for a day trip or the base for a longer visit. 

The Town Hall, which was built in 1670 to replace the medieval Guild Hall, sits at the heart of the town in the market place. Surrounding this grade 1 listed building are the independent shops that Wallingford is celebrated for. The town is host to four regular markets on a Friday, Saturday and every third Tuesday in the month.

If you wander from the cobbled streets you can explore more of the history and heritage of this Saxon fortified town – the best surviving example in England. As you walk around you can admire 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. The Corn Exchange Theatre provides a varied programme of theatre, cinema and live screening experiences. 

Away from the market place you can visit the site of one of England’s most important castles and enjoy a walk-through crumbling castle ruins, earthworks and ramparts in beautiful gardens, and take a walk to Wallingford Bridge, a road bridge over the River Thames with 14th Century origins.

From Wallingford you can enjoy the River Thames by boat, on foot or bicycle via the Thames Path. During the summer months the riverside open-air swimming pool and splash park is open for all the family. 

The charm of the town was recognised by Dame Agatha Christie, the English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright who lived in a Georgian property on the edge of Wallingford, until she died in 1976. 

More recently the town has been a well-used filming location for Midsomer Murders. Wallingford has seen visitors gathering to walk in the footsteps of DCI Tom Barnaby and discover the original Causton, the capital of fictitous Midsomer County.   
You can find out more about Wallingford’s remarkable history and see Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders photographs and paraphernalia by visiting Wallingford Museum, a delightfully intimate local history museum.  

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. 
 

Facilities

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

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Wallingford is easily accessible from the M4, M40 and A34.  Also well connected by road to Reading and Oxford on the A4074. There are a number of car parks within the town.

Public Transport Directions

Main line train stations can be found and nearby Cholsey and Didcot. There are frequent services from both stations to London Paddington, Reading and Oxford. Services to the West Country and Wales also operate from Didcot Parkway.

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. You can view the Thames Travel timetables here (https://www.thames-travel.co.uk/routes/x38x39x40)

 

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2019 Tourism South East Member 2019 2019

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)