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About Wallingford

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Wallingford is a historic market town and civil parish located to the south of Oxford on the River Thames in England. Historically located in the county of Berkshire, it was transferred to Oxfordshire for the purposes of administration in 1974. It is also lucky enough to be in the area covered by DarkStar Discos, the Wallingford marquee hire experts.Wallingford is situated 12 miles (19 km) north of Reading, 13 miles (21 km) south of Oxford and 11 miles (18 km) north west of Henley-on-Thames. The town's population was 11,600 in the 2011 census. The town has played an important role in English history starting with the surrender of Stigand to William the Conqueror in 1066, which led to his taking the throne and the creation of Wallingford Castle. The castle and the town enjoyed royal status and flourished for much of the Middle Ages. The Treaty of Wallingford, which ended a civil war known as The Anarchy between King Stephen and Empress Matilda, was signed there. Wallingford is run by a town council consisting of 16 members. It is part of the South Oxfordshire district and the county of Oxfordshire, having formerly been represented by the Municipal Borough of Wallingford.

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Wallingford Travel Links

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Road -
Wallingford is easily accessible from the M4, M40 and A34. There are a number of car parks within the town.

Bus -
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.

Rail -
Train services are available to and from the village of Cholsey (just over 2 miles away) and Didcot Parkway (6 miles). 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.

Other -
There is a convenient coach passenger pick-up and drop-off point on the High Street, across the road from the Wallingford Museum. Coaches can park at Hithercroft Sports Park, except weekends and the Queens Head pub in Crowmarsh by appointment.

Wallingford lies on Sustran’s popular Thames Valley cycle route, which starts at Putney Bridge in London and goes on to Oxford, taking in Maidenhead, Reading, Abingdon and Wallingford. 40 of the route’s 99 miles are traffic-free.

Moorings can be found adjacent to Wallingford Bridge and are available for short term stops.

Wallingford is located under an hour by car from Heathrow and around 40 minutes from London Oxford Airport.



Taxi Firms in Wallingford

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With so much to do within Wallingford 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.

Wallingford is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Wally Cabs,  Apple Cabs and Britain Taxis.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Wallingford

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The George Hotel Wallingford -
Sited in the centre of Wallingford town, The George Hotel offers convenient access to shops, banks and other amenities. Regular buses run to Oxford, Reading, and other local towns from the Market Square, just a short walk from the hotel and a taxi rank is located there beside the Town Hall. The hotel is believed to have been the Dower House to the castle, the remains of which can still be seen to the rear of the hotel. All 39 attractive and comfortable bedrooms have en-suite facilities and offer: complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, remote control colour television with Sky and radio channels, free broadband internet and wireless connectivity, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, trouser press, laundry and dry cleaning services, room service and wake-up call service.

The Shillingford Bridge Hotel, near Wallingford -
Shillingford Bridge Hotel is located between Oxford and Henley, with beautiful views over a quiet part of the River Thames. The hotel boasts 40 comfortable bedrooms, ranging from Four Poster Rooms or Suites for those special nights away, to well-equipped single rooms, which are ideal for the business traveller. A perfect retreat; guests can enjoy delicious home-made food all year round. The River View Restaurant serves freshly prepared food and has panoramic views over the hotel's grounds as well as the banks of the Thames.  The River Bar serves light meals and snacks, and even has an outdoor terrace with river views. The hotel has plenty of free parking, and Wallingford’s town centre is just a 5-minute drive away, while Oxford can be reached in 20 minutes by car. Windsor Castle is 50 minutes' drive, and Dorchester is less than 10 minutes away from the hotel by car. The hotel is a stunning wedding venue for up to 180 guests, and also an enviable setting for any celebration, meeting or event. Shillingford Bridge offers two function rooms to choose between:  The Thames Suite is the largest room and boasts its own bar, whilst the River Suite has views over the grounds and river.

The Coachmakers Arms Wallingford -
This unique building, one of the oldest in town, has been a pub for nearly two centuries. But today, it's much more than a popular, local hostelry. With a small dining room serving excellent food and three en-suite letting rooms, the Coachmakers is popular with both locals and visitors alike. It is located close to the centre of town, just 300 metres from the River Thames Pathway. Rates start at just £80 (including VAT) on a room-only basis. They do not provide breakfast but there are a number of options locally, all within walking distance. Room 1 is an executive sized double with a large bathroom. Please note that it is located on the top floor, away from the hustle and bustle of the pub below, but it does have two flights of stairs so may be unsuitable for small children and the elderly. Room 2 can be arranged as a double, twin or a triple, and is perfect for families or groups. Please specify at time of booking your preferred configuration. Room 3 can be arranged as a double or a twin. Again, please specify any preference at time of booking.



Places to Get Married in Wallingford

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Pear Tree Meadow Wallingford -
Pear Tree Meadow is a secluded location in Wallingford providing an ideal marquee wedding & party venue. Only 2.5 miles from the centre of Wallingford, 13 miles from Oxford, 15 miles from Reading, 23 miles from Newbury and only 50 miles from London. The marquee and grounds are available to hire for your exclusive use and can accommodate up to 150 guests for a sit-down dinner, with area for a dance floor and evening entertainment. Further space can be provided if required via additional marquees. There are numerous fruit trees in the meadow, a wild flower area and small character outbuildings which can be used for a bar area and a baby changing room, all surrounded by tall hedges making for a very family friendly venue.  The meadow is idea for garden games, bouncy castle or corporate fun days. Pear Tree Meadow easily lends itself to the most formal wedding or black-tie event but is also suited to the more informal wedding or party as they have a relaxed attitude. Crucially they allow access to the marquee at least one full day before the event date, allowing plenty of time to set up your own decorations/equipment if needed. They encourage our clients to ‘tailor make’ the event of their choosing and do not charge corkage.

Fison Barn, near Wallingford -
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. Sustainability is at the heart of everything they do so there is an eco-friendly biomass boiler which provides under floor heating during winter for all the buildings. They harvest rain water for the toilets and the solar panels generate greenhouse-free electricity to meet a substantial portion of their electricity requirements. 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).

Notley Abbey Thame, near Wallingford -
Notley Abbey is one of six romantic and exclusive use venues owned by Bijou Weddings. Built in the 12th century, it was once the home of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh and is steeped in history, romance and glamour. It was fully restored in the early 2000s and is available for exclusive wedding hire throughout the year. Located near Thame on the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire border, Notley is licensed for civil ceremonies both inside and out and the in-house team of chefs can cater for up to 172 guests in the remarkable Monks’ Refectory, parts of which date back to 1192 and which, historically, hosted the daily meals of the Augustine Monks who lived on site. Various entertaining spaces are licensed for civil ceremonies - the house boasts the Abbott’s Hall, oak-beamed reception rooms featuring open fire places and nine luxury bedrooms including a delightful bridal suite. Bijou Wedding Venues operate only on an exclusive use basis so couples choosing to host their wedding at Notley Abbey are able to treat it as their own home for the duration of their celebration - inviting the wedding party to prepare for the big day in a calm, relaxed environment, hosting family and friends overnight, and enjoying a hearty breakfast the following morning.



Event Planning in Wallingford

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Complete your event in Wallingford with DarkStar Discos, the Wallingford marquee hire experts who offer you the following services 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. For first-class event planning, contact by DarkStar Discos, the Wallingford marquee hire experts

Top Restaurants in Wallingford

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The Old Post Office Wallingford -
Overlooking Wallingford’s market square, the Grade II listed building in St Martin's Street that was once home to the town’s prominent post office, first re-opened its doors as an Oakman Inn in 2009. In addition to bearing the same name, The Old Post Office features many of the original elements, including the Victorian counter, and the traditional red post box situated in the front courtyard. Open daily from 8am, the restaurant serves locally and regionally sourced food with a Mediterranean influence in the large, elegant open plan dining room. Guests can watch as the chefs prepare the extensive and varied menu in the open kitchen, which at its heart features a charcoal-fuelled Josper grill and wood-fired pizza oven. Whether you’re tempted by traditional home comforts of slow roasted duck leg, and fish pie, or prefer to indulge in freshly made Calzone, and king prawn and arrabbiata tagliatelle, you’ll find everything cooked to perfection. Most dietary requirements are met with ease, and families can choose from dishes that go beyond the standard fare for children. Throughout The Old Post Office, the interior is welcoming and spacious, with snug bar areas and a comfortable lounge. Its central location makes the restaurant a hive of local activity that’s as suited to couples as it is to colleagues enjoying a drink after work. In addition to donating 25p to the Woodland Trust for every 12-hour roasted pork belly they sell, they are also proud sponsors of Wallingford Rugby Club.

Avanti Restaurant Wallingford -
A warm welcome awaits you at Avanti, Wallingford’s authentic Italian Restaurant. Brothers-in-law Luca and Giuseppe, with the help of Marianna (Luca's wife and Giuseppe's sister) and Walter (Luca's nephew) and the rest of the great team are moving forward in developing and expanding the varied menu including daily seasonal specials and delicious desserts which can be found on the desserts and specials board in the restaurant. Their ethos is to provide quality freshly cooked food in a convivial atmosphere to suit every occasion. The menu comprises a dish to suit every palate, many of which are derived from Ischia in the Bay of Naples where both Luca and Giuseppe were born. Whether you are having a family gathering or an intimate dinner for two, the inviting atmosphere and friendly staff will put you immediately at ease.

The George Hotel Wallingford -
The ancient beams, log fire and friendly banter lend a warm and welcoming air to the Tavern Bar, our ever popular “local” where real ales and good beers accompany a range of traditional hot and cold Pub Meals. You can also enjoy dining alfresco in The Courtyard which dominates the centre of the building and provides a perfect sun trap for outdoor socialising, eating and drinking. The Courtyard has many tales to tell - Dick Turpin, the infamous highwayman is believed to have escaped the law on many occasions, from his room above the courtyard, jumping onto his ever-faithful steed Black Bess. It is a lot more peaceful now! The hotel also offers private dining should this be your preference. The Private Dining Room is for smaller groups of family and friends, this room will accommodate up to 30 guests. For the larger and more formal gatherings, the Wealh’s or Sir John Hedges Suite are suitable for parties of 50 up to 100. 



Top Things to do in Wallingford

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Cholsey and Wallingford Railway -
Enjoy a Heritage train ride on a rural branch-line that was first opened in 1866. The line runs through the beautiful countryside of South Oxfordshire and links the historic riverside town of Wallingford with GWR trains at Cholsey. Travel on the 1950s coaches, hauled by one of the Heritage diesels locomotives or by a visiting steam engine. Trains run on selected weekends and bank holidays throughout the year and, where available, are steam hauled. Known locally as "The Bunk", passenger services ceased in 1959. Having secured the line in 1981, the CWR Preservation Society now aims to enhance the facilities that the railway offers and to improve the Wallingford site. On your journey, look out for Cholsey Church, where Agatha Christie is buried, and perhaps spot the magnificent red kites, that are often seen flying across the line. The line links the national railway network at Cholsey, with the historic market town of Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Wallingford and the River Thames are 10-minute walk away where you will find Castle ruins, a Museum and a selection of shops, restaurants and pubs.

Brightwell Vineyard, near Wallingford -
Brightwell Vineyard adjoins the south side of the River Thames and is situated 1 mile north of the historic town of Wallingford and 8 miles south of the city of Oxford. The flinty chalk greensand and gravel of the Thames Valley provides ideal grapevine soil, while also being sheltered by the surrounding hills of the Chilterns, North Downs and Cotswolds makes the region one of the warmest and driest areas of the UK. The vineyard produces white, rosé, red and sparkling wines which frequently win medals in Regional, National and International competitions. Brightwell Vineyard and Winery is open for wine sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 6pm. Sales all other times are by appointment. The vineyard was first planted in the late 1980's and acquired by its present owners in 2000. It covers 16 acres and grows 8 varieties of grape including Bacchus, Chardonnay, Huxelrebe, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir. The wines produced - white, rosé, red and sparkling - are made in the on-site winery in a natural style, with minimum intervention. This allows the subtle, distinctive flavours of the different grape varieties to shine through, with the winemaker keeping close control of every process. Brightwell is continuing to develop the possibilities of English wine, and thus produces a wide range of styles; being particularly noted for the quality of its red wines, and its outstanding English Brandy. The wines are sold in many independent wine shops, delicatessens, farm shops and local Waitrose stores, also local restaurants and pubs, and it is exported to Switzerland, Singapore and Japan.

Day’s Lock Dorchester-on-Thames, near Wallingford -
The area around Day's Lock is said to be the most historic place in Oxfordshire. There are many reasons for this: a hilltop fort was built by iron-age man on Castle Hill and when the Romans invaded they built a camp where the nearest town would be founded - Dorchester. For centuries this has been a religious area. Neolithic man built ritual henges a mile upstream. During the sixth century, St Birinus established the first cathedral in Wessex. From the lock you can see two hills topped by trees. These are the Sinodun Hills - known usually as the Wittenham Clumps and less respectfully as Mother Dunch's Buttocks. The unfortunate Mother Dunch was the wife of a less-than-popular local medieval squire. Day's Lock is the main gauging station for measuring the flow of water in the river. It has another claim to fame too - in 1605 King James I instigated the Oxford-Burcot Commission which built the first locks on the Thames in the 1620s. Burcot is a small village near Days Lock. Just downstream is Little Wittenham Bridge which spans the river in two sections. The island in the middle in known as Lock House Island as the lock house was built here in 1928.



Wallingford Today

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he 1972 the Local Government Act declared that in 1974 the Borough of Wallingford would be disbanded and the town would be transferred into a new local government district called South Oxfordshire district council (SODC). This also meant that Wallingford would be removed from the county of Berkshire and would join Oxfordshire. A town council was also formed with some of the old borough's responsibilities for town affairs allocated to it. The council comprises 16 elected councillors and maintains the office of town mayor. The mayor is elected yearly by the councillors. Paul's Malt on Hithercroft Road, built in 1958, was demolished in 2001; thus the malting industry ended, which had been key to Wallingford for hundreds of years. At one time there were at least 17 maltings in the town. Wallingford also has a strong presence in murder mystery fiction. Agatha Christie (whose remains are buried at nearby Cholsey) lived and worked in Wallingford, taking influence from local landmarks and residents in Winterbrook for stories such as Miss Marple. More recently, Wallingford is the location of Causton in the TV series Midsomer Murders. Many of the series' extras herald from Wallingford and much of the filming is completed in this beautiful part of the country.


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