Nestling by the River Thames, many beautiful and historic parts of Abingdon town still remain.
The elegant spire of St Helen’s church rises from the medieval quarter, whilst further upstream the old Abbey is a treasure-trove of 10th Century buildings.
Approached from the South, immediately across the old Thames crossing point of Burford Bridge (a corruption of Borough Ford), is the Old Gaol. It still retains its imposing Victorian scale, but now with a new and stylish twist.
Beyond the Old Gaol is the ancient market square which still provides the focal point to the main retail area, with bustling cafés and independent retailers bringing a relaxed sophistication to the town. All types of restaurants can also be found in the adjacent streets, providing a real international flavour.
Exploring the old streets nearby, you can still see almshouses, grand townhouses, small mews and ancient courtyards with previous commercial landmarks such as the brewery, now sensitively converted.
All this makes Abingdon-on-Thames a real treat for the history enthusiast.
For the foodie – explore a little further and you’ll find Michelin star restaurants, idyllic gastropubs, country inns, modern eateries and lively riverside pubs all providing endless leisure opportunities.