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Wallingford

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Wallingford Museum

Wallingford is a town on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England.

Understand[edit]

The Romans liked Wallingford but proved unreliable tenants. Now the Saxons, they really put the hours in, building the earliest recognizable settlements.

Agatha Christie wrote from Wallingford, led the local amateur dramatics society and is buried nearby in Cholsey. Resident somehow in both mind and body, she’d be happy with the town’s continuing notoriety as it is plagued by heinous murders... the penny drops: this is Midsomer Murders country and Wallingford is the fictional village of Causton.

Before you run for your life, remember: it’s only a television show. That said, a town so touched by history always has a grisly secret to reveal.

William the Conqueror crossed the Thames here and established the castle. After roaming lawless on the open South Oxfordshire roads the murderous Dick Turpin rested up here, the law chasing his blood-stained coat tails.

In 1646 Oliver Cromwell gave the order to sack Wallingford Castle, undoing 600 years of fortifications. Even so, with boats moored under drooping willows that arc into the Thames, Wallingford remains the best example of a Saxon town in England.

The prehistoric road, the Icknield Way, crosses the River Thames at Cholsey.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The town lies on the A4130 which runs to Didcot (6 miles) and the A34 to the W and to Henley-on-Thames (14 miles) and on to Maidenhead (23 miles) to the E. The A4074 connects the town to Reading (15 miles) to the SE and to Oxford (14 miles) to the NW.

By train[edit]

  • 1 Cholsey Railway StationRailway Approach, Cholsey OX10 9QD (3 miles SW of town). Cholsey station is a calling point for stopping services operated by First Great Western on the Great Western Main Line between Reading and Didcot. The station was also the junction for a branch line to Wallingford, which is now used on an intermittent basis by the heritage Cholsey and Wallingford Railway. Cholsey railway station on Wikipedia Q4693813 on Wikidata

By bus[edit]

The area is well served by buses from Reading and most local towns.

By boat[edit]

Visitors may arrive by riverboat in the summer, from Reading and Abingdon.

By bicycle[edit]

On foot[edit]

The Ridgeway long distance path (running 87 miles from near Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon) passes only 1 miles SE of the town.

Get around[edit]

Map of Wallingford (England)

The town is small enough to see on foot.

See[edit]

Wallingford Castle

Plenty of things to see in Wallingford - the Castle, the River Thames, the ancient market town built on Saxon foundations, the Castle Gardens and Castle meadows, quirky antique shops, coffee shops, and places for supper.

  • 1 Wallingford Castle. ruins dating from 11th century motte-and-bailey Wallingford Castle on Wikipedia Q1632423 on Wikidata
  • 2 Wallingford Bridge. 270m medieval stone road bridge Wallingford Bridge on Wikipedia Q7963099 on Wikidata
  • 3 Wallingford Museum. collections of local interest, in a Tudor house Wallingford Museum on Wikipedia Q2472400 on Wikidata
  • 4 Island Farm Donkey SanctuaryOld Didcot Rd, Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell, OX10 0SW (3 miles NW of town),  +44 1491 833938, e-mail: . Daily 11:00-16:00. Free (donations appreciated).

Do[edit]

Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

Take one of the self-guided historical walks (information from the tourist information office in the Market Place), or visit Wallingford Museum. Have a picnic on the banks of the Thames, or investigate the Saxon ramparts which surround the town. If you visit on a Sunday, why not attend the Sunday Gospel Service held by the Wallingford Christian Assembly, at the Gospel Hall, Atwell Close. (5.00 to 5.45 pm each week.)

  • 1 Cholsey & Wallingford Railway (2½ mile standard gauge heritage railway), Wallingford Station, 5 Hithercroft Rd, Wallingford, OX10 9GQ +44 1491 835067. Adult £10.00; Concession £8.00; Child (5-15 years) £5.00 (all return tickets). Cholsey and Wallingford Railway on Wikipedia Q5104397 on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

Wallingford has a large number of independent shops, antique shops and specialist shops. Where else can you buy a violin, visit numerous antique shops, purchase a stunning hat to complete a special outfit, or buy lovely clothes and shoes? Wallingford has it all - as well as many markets.

  • 1 Olde Sweet Shoppe56A St. Mary's St, Wallingford OX10 0EL.
  • 2 Waitrose (Supermarket), 1 St Martin's St, Wallingford OX10 0EF +44 1491 832030. M-F 08:00 - 21:00. Sa 08:00 - 20:00. Su 10:00-16:00.

Markets[edit]

Wallingford Market Place
  • 3 Farmers MarketMarket Place, Wallingford. Every third Tuesday and fifth Saturday 08.30-13:00.
  • 4 Country MarketThe Regal Centre, Goldsmith Lane Car Park, Wallingford. Fridays 08:30-11:30. Selling traditional fruit and veg
  • 5 Local Producers MarketThe Regal Centre, Goldsmith Lane Car Park, Wallingford. Sa 10:00-13:00.

Cyclists[edit]

  • 6 Rides on Air (Bikes, Accessories & Workshop), 11 St Martin St, Wallingford OX10 0AL +44 1491 836289, e-mail: . M-F 09:00-17:30. Sa 08:00-17:00 (09:00 opening Dec-Feb), Su 08:00-14:00 (09:00 opening Dec-Feb).

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Morning Star (Pub), 98 Papist Way, Cholsey OX10 9QL (3 miles from town),  +44 1491 659046.
  • 2 Red Lion (Pub & Restaurant), 39 Wallingford Rd, Cholsey OX10 9LG (3 miles from town),  +44 1491 651295, e-mail: . T-F 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-23:30. Sa 12:00-23:30. Su 12:00-22:00; Restaurant: T-Sa 12:00-14:30 & 18:00-20:30. Su 12:00-16:00.
The Boathouse Pub
  • 3 The Boat House (Pub& Food), 103 High St, Wallingford OX10 0BL +44 1491 834100. M-Th12:00-23:00. F Sa 12:00-00:00. Su 12:00-22:00.
The Dolphin

Sleep[edit]

The George Hotel

Connect[edit]

  • 1 Post Office18a Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0AD. M-F 09:00-17:30. Sa 09:00-12:30.

Go next[edit]

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