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About Didcot

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Didcot is a railway town and civil parish in the ceremonial county of Oxfordshire and the historic county of Berkshire. Didcot is 15 miles (24 km) south of Oxford, 10 miles (16 km) east of Wantage and 15 miles (24 km) north west of Reading. The town is noted for its railway heritage and having been a station on Brunel's Great Western Main Line from London Paddington, opening in 1844. The Great Western Railway, engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, reached Didcot in 1839. In 1844 the Brunel-designed Didcot station was opened. The original station burnt down in the late 19th century. Although longer, a cheaper-to-build line to Bristol would have been through Abingdon farther north, but the landowner the first Lord Wantage is reputed to have prevented that alignment. The railway and its junction to Oxford assisted the growth of Didcot. The station's name helped to standardise the spelling "Didcot".

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Didcot Travel Links

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Rail -
The station was originally called Didcot but then renamed Didcot Parkway in 1985 by British Rail; the site of the old GWR provender stores, which had been demolished in 1976 (the provender pond was kept to maintain the water table) was made into a large car park to attract passengers from the surrounding area. An improvement programme for the forecourt of the station began in September 2012 and was expected to take around fifteen months. This was viewed as being the first phase of better connecting the station to Didcot town centre.

Road –
Didcot lies alongside the A34 which connects Salford to Winchester and is connected to it by the A3140. Future road plans include the Didcot Northern Perimeter Road. This scheme forms part of the strategic transport infrastructure in Didcot. This scheme forms part of the strategic transport infrastructure in Didcot and will extend the existing A4130 Didcot Northern Perimeter Road (NPR), linking the A4130, Abingdon Road and B4016 junction to the A4130 and Hadden Hill junction.

Bus –
Thames Travel, Oxford Bus and Whites Coaches all provide services for Didcot and the surrounding area.



Taxi Firms in Didcot

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With so much to do within Didcot 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.

Didcot is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Pryors Taxis, Parkway Taxis and Go Green Taxis.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Didcot

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The Kingswell Hotel Didcot -
The Kingswell is a destination country hotel & restaurant full of charm and hospitality. With a diverse menu that changes on a regular basis and a good selection of wines and beers, The Kingswell is a thriving new development and one of the new “must go” dining experiences in Oxfordshire. The Kingswell Hotel & Kings Kitchen is nestled in the heart of historic Oxfordshire, just a stone’s throw away from the famous ancient Ridgeway. Starting life as a 16th century farmhouse, our Grade II listed building has bags of character & a plethora of little touches designed to make your stay or visit here feel like a home from home. The 21 spacious & richly appointed guestrooms offer a perfect beginning for journeys & adventure in & around Oxfordshire.


The hotel is close to the A34 & M4, with excellent transport links into London, Oxford & Wales. A fast train to London typically takes around 45 minutes from the local station, Didcot Parkway. The University Town of Oxford with its rich architecture & museums is a short 14 miles away; with boat trips & punts for hire in the summer & cosy winter markets there is something for everyone. Blenheim Palace is miles away, the birthplace of Winston Churchill & home to stunning grounds & rich history. Harwell Science & Innovation Centre is less than 2 miles away, the hotel is uniquely situated to offer a comfortable home from home for those visiting & working at the campus. Bicester Village designer outlet is a 30-minute drive away for those who fancy a spot of retail therapy. Scenic walks or cycle rides are always available to those who want to explore the ancient Ridgeway; The 87 miles of path used by our ancestors for centuries.   The Ridgeway passes through North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, White Horse Hill as well as the World heritage site of Avebury.

Milton Hill House, near Didcot - A stylish conference 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 they offer a range of leisure facilities indoor and out, along with comfortable guest bedrooms upstairs. In addition to distinctive character features and contemporary styling, the superior bedrooms are located in the Manor House and offer a range of modern amenities, en-suite bathroom with signature toiletries, free Internet access and more. Milton Hill House Restaurant serves a delicious great British breakfast with both a hot and cold buffet on offer, whilst delicious seasonally inspired dishes can be found on the lunch and dinner menus. The Manor Bar is the perfect place to relax and unwind at the end of the day and offers a selection of wines, beers and cocktails, alongside a menu of comforting pub classics.

The Courtyard Marriott Abingdon, near Didcot - Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South, is a short distance to iconic Oxford, a warm welcome awaits to explore this historic region. Enjoy the proximity to Abingdon, Didcot Garden Town, Milton Park, Harwell and Bicester Village. Relax in the fresh spacious guest rooms, with quality amenities, free Wi-Fi, 55” HDTV with Chromecast, plush bedding and work space. The hotel offers superior and connecting rooms, great for families. The Oxen Bar & Grill is their signature restaurant with open kitchen, fired pizza ovens, alfresco dining, and urban lounge bar. The hotel offers 2000 sq. ft of meeting and event space with natural daylight, and technologies. The vibrant lobby features booth meeting space, an interactive Go Board and a 24hr fitness suite. the hotel's outstanding location offers easy access to explore the UK, Central London is accessible with regular trains to London, in just 42 minutes.



Places to Get Married in Didcot

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Fison Barn Abingdon, near Didcot -
Fison Barn is a stunning and beautifully maintained nineteenth century barn: a unique venue. The original oak beams have been lovingly restored and local Western Red Cedar has been used on the exterior cladding. Fison Barn offers a picturesque ‘blank canvas’ – you have the flexibility to organise the catering, decoration and entertainment exactly as you want it. Fison Barn and its courtyard are licensed for wedding ceremonies. The large barn doors open onto our tranquil courtyard where bats and swallows have made their homes in the barn eaves, red kites swoop overhead and there are floral displays of herbs and plants attracting butterflies and insects. The courtyard area provides an ideal extension for events in good weather or an area for a marquee (separately hired). Fison Barn is part of the Earth Trust, an environmental learning charity. It is the proud guardian of 500 hectares of farmland, woodland, and wetland on the bank of the River Thames. It champions accessible natural green spaces and its mission is to give you the opportunity to engage with your environment through the beautiful green spaces it looks after.

Ardington House, near Didcot -
Ardington House is a Georgian masterpiece in South Oxfordshire which invites you to make your own for the most special of occasions. Set in its own extensive gardens and parkland, the house is available to rent on an exclusive basis for weddings, corporate events, private parties, holiday hire and film location work. Situated in the quaint village of Ardington at the foot of the North Wessex Downs (an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the House is 75 minutes from central London, 45 minutes from London Heathrow airport and 30 minutes from Oxford & Newbury. It is also just 15 minutes from Didcot Parkway train station, which has direct routes from London and the South. Ardington House is an exclusive use venue, allowing you to take over the whole of this beautiful private setting and make it feel like home to you and your wedding guests. The House and formal gardens are an ideal setting for welcome drinks, canapés, garden games and photographs, while the riverside garden marquee, set in parkland and with uninterrupted views up to the downs, makes the perfect setting for your wedding breakfast and party.

Didcot Civic Hall -
Didcot Civic Hall is owned by Didcot Town Council and managed by Didcot Civic Hall Management Committee as a resource for the local community, it was originally built in 1979 and was opened by Sir Ashley Ponsonby – a former Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. In 2011 it was fully refurbished with an investment of £1.3M, creating a simple and contemporary design solution for this historic building in the heart of Didcot. Didcot Civic Hall can be used for a variety of community, social and commercial activities, including but not restricted to; meetings, small or big conferences, classes, clubs, arts and crafts, sports activities, dance classes, birthday parties, engagement parties, weddings, christenings and communion receptions, slimming clubs and martial arts classes. Since January 2018, Didcot Civic Hall has been improved its services and in December 2018 was nominated by Thames Valley Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award, and in March 2019 for Community Business of the Year Award by FSB Awards. The experienced staff are always on hand to assist with any special requirements.

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Event Planning in Didcot

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Complete your event in Didcot with DarkStar Discos, the Didcot marquee hire experts who offer the following service which can greatly 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. 


Top Restaurants in Didcot

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Zigana Didcot -
Turkish cuisine is largely the continuation of Ottoman cuisine, which in turn borrowed many elements from Central Asian, Caucasian, Middle Eastern Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighbouring cuisines, including those of Southeast Europe, Central Europe, and Western Europe. The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Levantine cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia (such as Yogurt and Manti), creating a vast array of specialties many with strong regional associations. The owners are passionate to bring the finest fresh flavours, succulent dishes and freshly prepared Mezzes that originate from their Anatolian homeland to the Didcot community. The name Zigana is from a mountain near their village that holds a place in all their hearts.

Wildwood Didcot –
Family-friendly restaurant chain whose well-crafted menu offers a wide grill selection and provides something for everyone including, classic pizza and pasta dishes, as well as tasty salads and comforting risottos. Little ones are always welcome in the restaurants, so they’ve created a tasty kids’ menu, just for them. The carefully chosen wine list ensures that you will find the perfect match for your food, and if you are in the party mood, you can indulge in their selection of cocktails. At Wildwood, they choose their venues carefully and have a respect for the past. The restaurants bring beautiful buildings back to life whilst respecting the history of the town and the environment. Wherever possible, they restore features back to their former glory, like the stunning tiles in the old Sainsbury’s grocery dating back to the early 20th century, which is now a central feature in their Cheam restaurant. In Taunton, they made sure that the landmark Market House (built in 1772) kept many of its original features, creating a truly unique dining environment.

Prezzo Didcot -
Eye-catching blue glass panelled walls catch the light from the large windows to create a modern and elegant dining room at this Didcot restaurant. Feast with friends in one of the slick booth areas or you can take a table upstairs to watch over the dining room below. they’re on market place which is just around the corner from Didcot’s local shops and bars. Prezzo uses authentic Italian recipes to bring a touch of Italy to the UK. From bubbling pizzas and scrumptious pasta to traditional bruschetta and classic Tiramisu, you’ll be taken straight to the Amalfi coast. Make any occasion a celebration with Prezzo! Buon appetito!



Top Things to do in Didcot

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Didcot Railway Centre –
All things railway! Locomotives currently considered to be ‘in traffic’, subject to normal running maintenance are: 2999 — Lady of Legend — GWR 4-6-0 Tender Locomotive, 4144 — GWR 2-6-2 Prairie Tank, 6023 — King Edward II — GWR 4-6-0 Tender Locomotive, D9516 — Class 14 0-6-0 Ex BR(WR) Diesel Hydraulic, The Great Western Diesel Railcar, No. 22 and Steam Railmotor, No. 93 are also in traffic. The following diesels and cranes are also available for shunting and engineering purposes: 08 604 — BR Diesel shunter, DL26 — Hunslet 0-6-0 Diesel, 5t Diesel Crane. For refreshments, they have a welcoming refreshment room serving hot & cold drinks and snacks all day, and also lunches. As well as a selection of Cornish Pasties, Sausage Rolls etc. they serve home-made specials such as Cottage Pie, Lasagne, Curry, or Chilli Con Carne - all served with seasonal vegetables and potatoes, rice or chips. Special dietary requirements, such as gluten free, can be catered for if arrangements are made in advance, either by phoning the centre or by dropping into the restaurant earlier in your visit and asking for the Catering Manager. Look out for their Special Deals such as Tea or Coffee and Cake for £3.50. A limited number of high chairs is available to diners in our refreshment room. If you require baby foods or bottles warmed, they will be pleased to help.

Millets Farm Centre, near Didcot -
Bought by newlyweds John and Christine Carter in 1952, Millets Farm was originally a 300-acre dairy farm. In 1975 Nigel and Tony Carter joined the family business to explore diversification opportunities and planted 6 acres of soft fruit. The summer of 1976 saw the launch of the PYO. The development of the Farm Shop then followed in 1978. In 1986 Frosts Garden Centre opened, owned by the Frosts family they remain integral partners on site. As the site continued to get busier the current Farm Shop and restaurant building was opened in 1990. In 1997 Millets planted the 1st Maize Maze in the UK, gaining entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. Our seasonal events calendar has now become a major part of our attraction. 2008. Nigel’s children join the family business. The family business has continued to grow from strength to strength and is well known within Oxfordshire for a great family day out. As well as a large Farm Shop, Garden Centre, and Restaurants, visitors to Millets Farm can enjoy an Animal Walkway, Play Area, Woodland, Falconry Centre, Beauty Salon.



Didcot Today

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Didcot has a population of more than 25,000. The new town centre, the Orchard Centre, was opened in August 2005. As part of the Science Vale Enterprise Zone, Didcot is surrounded by one of the largest scientific clusters in the United Kingdom. There are a number of major science and technology campuses nearby, including the Culham Science Centre, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, and Milton Park. The Diamond Light Source synchrotron, based at the Harwell Campus, is the largest UK-funded scientific facility to be built for more than 30 years. Didcot has been designated as one of the three major growth areas in Oxfordshire; the Ladygrove development, to the north and east of the railway line on the former marshland, is set to double the number of homes in the town since construction began in the late 1980s. Originally, the Ladygrove development was planned to be complete by 2001, but the plans for the final section to the east of Abingdon Road were only announced in 2006. Before the Ladygrove development was completed, a prolonged and contentious planning enquiry decided that a 3,200-home development would be built to the west of the town, partly overlapping the boundary with the Vale of White Horse. This is now being built as Great Western Park. In 2008 a new £8 million arts and entertainment centre, Cornerstone, was opened in the Orchard Centre. It has exhibition and studio spaces, a café and a 236-seat auditorium. Designed by Ellis William Architects, the centre is clad with silvered aluminium panels and has a window wall, used to connect the building with passing shoppers. The UK government named Didcot a garden town in 2015, the first existing town to gain this status, providing funding to support sustainable and environmentally friendly town development over the coming 15 years.

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