Top 10 things to do
1. Castle Gardens and Meadows
Explore the site of one of England’s strongest and most important castles. Crumbling castle ruins, earthworks and ramparts set in beautifully managed gardens.
10am - 3pm from 1st October to 31st March
10am - 7pm from 1st April to 30th September
2. River Thames
Wander along the Thames Path from Wallingford to Benson Lock or take a boat trip with Salter’s Steamers to Abingdon or Reading. A great way to take in the beautiful countryside. Click here to find out more. Also click here
to see the interactive map of the Thames.
3. Agatha Christie Trail
Learn more about Wallingford’s former resident. This five mile circular walk takes in places linked to the writer including her former house in Winterbrook and her grave in nearby Cholsey.
4. Midsomer Murders Trails
Fans of popular TV series Midsomer Murders will recognise Wallingford as Causton, home to main character Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. Explore filming locations around the town with the Midsomer Murders: The Wallingford Connections guide. There are also two Midsomer Murders driving tours taking in locations from surrounding areas and countryside. Head over to Wallingford Museum to see various paraphernalia from the series including photographs, scripts and props.
5. Cholsey & Wallingford Railway
This preserved section of railway known locally as the ‘Bunkline’ features a unique collection of steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and other rail memorabilia that will keep you entertained for hours.
6. Wallingford Museum
Find out more about Wallingford’s rich history, from Romans and Saxons and its important role in the Civil War to a Victorian street scene. Includes an audio tour and plenty of interactive things to keep the family entertained. There is also the ever-expanding exhibition 'At home with the Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie
' with information and artefacts curated from sources in the town who came into contact with the famous crime writer. You can also see the 'Midsomer Murders
' display, with props and memorabilia, highlighting Wallingford's connections with this popular TV series.
This year’s special exhibitions are '1066 - William comes to Wallingford!' and '300 years of Cartoons'. Visit the Wallingford Museum website
for more details.
7. Peruse the shops
Wallingford is well-renowned for its collection of independent shops and boutiques, selling everything from gifts and jewellery to household goods. The town also hosts an interesting collection of antiques shops where you can pick up all sorts of unique trinkets and furniture.
8. Riverside Splashpark and swimming pool
Take a dip in the outdoor heated pool and Splashpark located alongside the River, adjacent to the magnificent Wallingford Bridge. Also a perfect spot for a picnic.
Find out more at the Better website
9. Wallingford Historical walk
Discover Wallingford’s history on foot, from its Saxon heritage and historic churches, to important streets and industries. Click here to download a trail leaflet
Guided town history walks every Saturday morning between June and September. No need to book. Meet at 11am at the Town Hall.
10. Wittenham Clumps
Enjoy stunning panoramic views of south Oxfordshire. The iconic landscape of the Wittenham Clumps is made up of Castle Hill and Round Hill with a newly created wildflower meadow, local wildlife and ancient archaeological features. Visit the Earth Trust website
to find out more.