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Abingdon [2] is in Oxfordshire on the River Thames about 7 miles south of Oxford.


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'.

Get in[edit]

  • By rail to Oxford, then by bus.
  • By Salter's Steamers [3] which sail daily from Folly Bridge in Oxford from May to September.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

The County Hall houses Abingdon Museum [4] and has a wealth of local history.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, 01235525880, [1]. 9-5, Mon-Sat. Small, friendly, independent bookshop which won Bookshop of the Year award in 2008.  edit

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There are a wide range of Abingdon Restaurants [5] and pubs, including the Ock Mill Beefeater, Spice Valley Indian and the Boundary House.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Crown & Thistle Hotel, Bridge Street, Tel: 01235 522556
  • Remont Oxford Hotel | A Boutique Hotel style Bed and Breakfast 10 mins from Abingdon | 367 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7PL, | +44 1865 311020 | | £87 - £140 |
  • Abodes of Oxford B&B in Oxford, 6 Blackman Close Kennington Oxford, +44 1865 435229, [7] [8]

Get out[edit]

  • Sutton Courteney, about 5 miles south of Abingdon, where the author George Orwell (Eric Blair) is buried.

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