Abingdon was the county town of Berkshire until 1870, and became part of Oxfordshire when local government was re-organised in 1974. It is a busy market town with a good choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. It was the home of MG motor cars which used to be built at the MG Works, which is now a business center. It benefits from being aside the River Thames and having an attractive County Hall. However, Jerome K Jerome in his book "Three Men in a Boat" described Abingdon as a 'dull market town'.
The County Hall houses Abingdon Museum  and has a wealth of local history.
There are a wide range of Abingdon Restaurants  and pubs, including the Ock Mill Beefeater, Spice Valley Indian and the Boundary House.