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About Abingdon

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Abingdon-on-Thames has a strong claim to be England’s oldest town. Archaeological digs have shown that this was one of the earliest areas in which our hunter-gatherer ancestors first began to lead more settled lifestyles, attracted by the food and trading opportunities that the confluence of the River Stert, River Ock with the River Thames provided. Object evidence on display in town includes tools such as hand axes from almost 400,000 years ago found here. Abingdon was set to prosper and in the ensuing centuries the town grew steadily with a thriving mixed economy that included the river barge trade, bookmaking and printing, markets, leather manufacture, malting, brewing and, it would seem from the records, a vast number of pubs! The growing importance of the town was reflected in the design of the County Hall which dominates the Market Place. Erected between 1678 and 1684, it was first known as the Sessions Hall as it was built as an assize court above with a market hall below.

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Abingdon Travel Links

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Road -
Abingdon is 6 miles (10 km) south of Oxford, 15 miles (24 km) south-east of Witney and 19 miles (31 km) north of Newbury in the flat valley of the Thames on its west (right) bank, where the small river Ock flows in from the Vale of White Horse. It is on the A415 between Witney and Dorchester, adjacent to the A34 trunk road, linking it with the M4 and M40 motorways. The B4017 and A4183 also link the town, both being part of the old A34 and often heavily congested.

Bus -
Local bus services to Oxford and the surrounding areas are run by Stagecoach Oxfordshire, Thames Travel, the Oxford Bus Company and smaller independent companies.

Rail -
Abingdon has no rail service. However, in recent years, urban expansion has brought Radley railway station close to town's north-eastern limits. The small, primarily stopping-service, railway stations at Culham and Radley are both just over two miles (3.2 km) from the town centre. Abingdon's eastern ring-road and newest suburbs are connected by footpath and cycleway from Radley railway station. The Radley to Abingdon railway station branch line closed to passengers in 1963. The nearest major stations with taxi ranks are Oxford (6 miles/9.7 km) and Didcot Parkway (8 miles/13 km). All are managed by Great Western Railway. Frequent express buses operate between the local railway stations and Abingdon, run by Oxford Bus Company and its sister company Thames Travel.

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Taxi Firms in Abingdon

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With so much to do within Abingdon and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Abingdon is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Su’s Taxis, Henry Taxis and Thames Valley Taxis.

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Hotels and Guest Houses in Abingdon

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Hilton Garden Hotel Abingdon -
Experience a friendly welcome when you arrive at Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford. Located just 6 miles south of historic Oxford, this modern hotel is nestled in historic Abingdon Town. Visit Abingdon Abbey and Abingdon Bridge, or utilize the excellent local transport links to discover charming Oxford. See the real-life Hogwarts when you visit the iconic Oxford University, or explore Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, featuring stunning Capability Brown gardens. After a busy day, relax in your contemporary guest room or suite, featuring an HDTV, mini-fridge and coffee and tea making facilities. Use the complimentary Wi-Fi to stay connected, then get work done at the desk or enjoy 24-hour room service. When you’re ready to rest, drift off to sleep on the comfortable bed. Enjoy delicious all-day dining in the Garden Grille restaurant, including a buffet breakfast every morning of your stay. Work out in the fitness centre or host a conference or event in one of three meeting rooms.

The Crown & Thistle Abingdon -
With a history dating back to 1605, The Crown & Thistle on Bridge Street re-opened its doors in 2013, following a £1.8m restoration. This Grade II listed coaching inn comprises three individual buildings clustered around a cobbled courtyard, framed by 200-year-old wisteria. Having been sympathetically designed, many of the buildings’ original features, such as timber beams, open brickwork, and window frames that aren’t square, remain throughout the restaurant, extensive bar area, elegant function rooms and 18 boutique-style bedrooms. With flashes of exposed brickwork, original beams and rich wallpapers created by British designers, no two bedrooms are alike at The Crown & Thistle. Sympathetically decorated and comfortably furnished, each of the 18 air-conditioned guest rooms offers the usual amenities as well as some exceptional extras. Finished to a superb standard, every bathroom contains a range of luxury toiletries and a power shower, with many rooms also featuring a free-standing roll-top bath. In addition to a kettle and selection of speciality teas, you’ll find a smart HD TV, iPod docking station, hairdryer, and a well-stocked minibar. The convenience of an iron and ironing board is provided, while free superfast WiFi and a tempting room service menu complete the package.

Kingfisher Barn Abingdon -
The site at Kingfisher Barn was created by converting old farm buildings. Made of red brick and tile for the smaller cottages and stone and handmade tiles for the large lodges, these barns ooze charm and history. The Oxfordshire buildings dating back as far as the 17th century became redundant for farming practices in the 1970's. When machinery grew larger, they were unable to enter the buildings, so the farmer built new, much more significant modern buildings over the hill. In 2000 it was agreed that the main barn would be changed into new self-catering holiday accommodation, the best that Abingdon offers! Two large lodges, Kyte and Kestrel, were built, as well as the Nest and Studio loft apartments. The barn lodges are very spacious, great for family reunions/group get-togethers and also the perfect location for a wedding gathering or just to enjoy a relaxing self-catering holiday. The accommodation in this delightful part of Oxfordshire has catered to folk with special needs for many years. In fact, some of the accommodation has tracking for hoists and wet room bathrooms. Also, a mobile electric hoist/ cot sides/shower chairs plus universal slings can be provided. All of the equipment can be hired with prior agreement on booking.

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Places to Get Married in Abingdon

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Milton Hill House, Steventon near Abingdon -
A stylish conference, wedding and event venue in Oxfordshire. Surrounded by 22 acres of tranquil parkland just 13 miles from Oxford, Milton Hill House effortlessly blends a graceful Georgian manor house with modern facilities. You’ll feel the history the moment you arrive at the house – previous residents include King William III, Peter the Great, and Sir Mortimer Singer of the Singer sewing machine family. This conference venue offers 20 flexible and contemporary event spaces and an experienced and professional events team. The venue is ideal for meetings, training and conferences for up to 170 guests, whilst the sweeping drive, landscaped Italian gardens and beautiful vistas make a beautiful setting for weddings and special occasions. The restaurant and bar serves seasonal food in relaxed surroundings and offers a range of leisure facilities indoor and out, along with comfortable guest bedrooms upstairs. The team of wedding co-ordinators has many successful weddings under their belts and know the venue so well that they will be able to advise you on how to get the most out of your day, while still being true to your vision. To aid you through your day, your wedding co-ordinator will be on-hand to make sure that everyone is where they need to be. They will also meet with you and discuss your requirements in the lead up to the wedding to make sure that everything will be in place.

The Cosener’s House Abingdon -
The Cosener’s House occupies a picturesque Thames-side position in the grounds of the medieval Abbey of Abingdon, just 8 miles from Oxford. It takes its name from the Cuisinier or Kitchener (the official responsible for providing food for the Abbey). The oldest part of the present building is the central portion which dates from the mid-eighteenth century. It is one of the hidden gems of Abingdon. There are 50 on-site bedrooms as well as 5 meeting rooms along with private bar and dining facilities - perfect for Weddings and Events. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi and modest facilities to make your stay just so. his beautiful 19th century house occupies a picturesque Thames-side position with private gardens; it truly is the hidden gem of Abingdon.  When choosing Cosener’s House, you will be working with an experienced wedding planner, who will guide and advise you along your wedding planning journey from the moment you walk through the door as newly engaged to the moment you leave as a married couple! On the day itself, the friendly team will be there to look after you and your guests. Cosener’s House offers flexibility and exclusivity along with an impeccable service when it comes to hosting your celebration at this beautiful Oxfordshire wedding venue. ​The Cosener's House is licensed for indoor civil ceremonies

Kingston Bagpuize House, near Abingdon -
Kingston Bagpuize House is a very special venue that will create a magical day for you and your guests. Located in the heart of Oxfordshire, it boasts a privately-owned stately home that you and your guests can enjoy the whole venue for the day, a stunning marquee, lush gardens, a lake and 10 acres of woodland to have endless fun experimenting with different photographic locations on your day. This wedding venue offers couples the best of both worlds, it has the most spectacular venue which looks sensational inside and out that also benefits from a marquee for dinner and evening entertaining. The marquee is set on the grounds close to the house and in close proximity to fully integrated bathrooms, accessible to wheelchairs and is licensed with a bar and dance floor. The venue is privately-owned and all weddings there are managed by in-house planners,BE Eventful who offer an exceptional wedding planning and styling service to create spectacular events. Combining design, development and management to fashion individual celebrations to wow every guest.  

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Event Planning in Abingdon

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Complete your event in Abingdon with DarkStar Discos, the Abingdon marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Abingdon marquee hire experts.

Top Restaurants in Abingdon

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Limoncello, Abingdon -
Limoncello's proprietor, Salvatore Cacace, was trained in Capri before embarking on a career that has spanned both Bermuda and the UK. Salvatore's wealth of experience is evident in both the warm atmosphere and the fantastic menu, which showcases the very best Italian cooking. The menu reflects the tastes and traditions of the cuisine of Salvatore's childhood. Dishes are fresh and simple, representative of southern Italy's cooking style. From linguine to rigatoni, lasagne to cannelloni, there is a range of mouth-watering pasta to start your meal, or why not try a delicious salad. There are of course classic dishes such as Parmigiana di melanzane and, of course, insalata di Caprese. Fish and seafood, the staple ingredients of southern Italian cuisine, are well represented. Aromatic mussels, hearty swordfish and delicate prawns are particular favourites with regulars. All meat is selected personally by Salvatore from London's Smithfield Market to guarantee its freshness and quality. With its wonderful food and charming surroundings, Limoncello is always welcoming, whether for that special event or when treating that special someone.

The Spread Eagle, Abingdon -
Traditional pub values combined with excellent, good value food all day (last orders 8pm) make "The Spread" a must for locals and visitors alike. The extensive menu offers exceptional value and includes "Steak on a stone" cook at table dishes, exotic meats and daily specials.  What is steak on a stone? It is a unique, delicious, healthy interactive dining experience that allows your meal to be presented cooking on our volcanic rocks at your table.  You can enjoy a meal freshly prepared and cook it to your personal taste whether it’s rare, medium, or well done. These dishes are brought to the table with a hot volcanic rock slab for you to cook your meats to your own taste at the table. Bags of atmosphere, a friendly welcome, a range of pub clubs and teams and easy to get to - what more could you ask for?

The Nag’s Head, Abingdon -
Step over Abingdon Bridge and join a little piece of paradise on its very own island in the middle of the River Thames. Surrounded by rushes and willows, this peaceful haven offers the perfect setting to relax with family and friends while watching the world drift by. Enjoy the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients in the restaurant, riverside gardens or comfy pub. Perfectly placed for travellers, locals and tourists alike the beautiful riverside gardens offer a breath of fresh air. It’s the ultimate spot to spend a summer’s afternoon sipping and soaking up the sun, with the welcoming garden bar staff on hand to take your order or top up your favourite tipple. They offer a wonderfully warm welcome over the winter months too, cosy up inside the comfortable restaurant and bar with a host of hearty seasonal dishes to enjoy. Whatever the weather, the superb food and friendly service make this island THE destination to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends.

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Top Things to do in Abingdon

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Abbey Gardens & Abbey Meadow, Abingdon -
The Abbey Gardens are a charming stroll with flat, easy paths and wide gates. Amongst the planted flower displays can be found Victoria's statue and the ruins which have fooled many a visitor into thinking they have seen the remains of Abingdon Abbey. In fact, it is Trendell’s Folly created in the 19th century when this was a private garden. None the less the stones are probably ancient in their own right as they are thought to have come from St Helen’s church whose spire looks over the river. To understand how spectacular the medieval abbey really was trace out the stones in the grass which mark the lines of the foundations uncovered when the archaeologists investigated this site. Continue your stroll through Abbey Meadow, feeding the ducks on the Millstream as you go, all the way to the rushing waters of the Abingdon Lock and Weir.

The Abingdon Treasure Trail, Abingdon -
You'll be amazed at what you and the kids will discover on the Abingdon self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. A fascinating and fun way to explore the town, this Trail will lead you on a merry walk around this riverside town. Clear directions describe the route and take you from clue to clue. The answer to each clue will match a place on your fictional treasure map - when you get to the end, the location of the ‘fictional' treasure will be revealed! The Trail can be done at any time - clues can be found on existing permanent features such as plaques, signs and monuments which you'll be spotting along the way. This 2-mile route is suitable for all ages from 6 upwards - but don't think the grown-ups will be just following along. Solving this mystery will be a real team effort!

FootGolf, Hinksey Heights, near Abingdon -
You love golf but your kids love football? Why not play both! Take the family to FootGolf  Hinksey Heights for a hybrid game between football and golf. Anyone who can kick a ball can play, so your tots can also get involved too - that’s the beauty of footgolf! Footgolf is far easier to play than real golf. You don’t need a club, just a regular football. Otherwise, it’s a normal golf course with much bigger holes. The only equipment you need are your trainers. It doesn’t get any easier than this! Before you know it, the whole family will be kicking the ball around, comparing scores and having fun. More of a rugby family? Guess what - FootGolf Hinksey Heights has a RugbyGolf course too! The rules are pretty much the same, just that you play with a rugby ball instead. You’ll get the chance to show off your place kick, drop kick and passing skills as you progress through the course. Who knew any type of golf would require this much physical activity?

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Abingdon Today

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Since the 1980s, Abingdon has played host to a number of information communication companies, with many based in the town's respective business and science parks. With this, and the result of Abingdon's proximity to academic and scientific institutions in Oxford, the town has seen an influx of young professionals taking residence in the town's many residential areas such as Peachcroft. Local councillors voted in November 2011 to rename the town back to its former name of "Abingdon-on-Thames", though this would need approval from the Vale of White Horse council. This approval was granted on 23 February 2012. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 33,130. This is 2,504 more than in the 2001 Census total of 30,626 and represents just over 8% growth in the population.

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