Are you looking for something to do with family and friends or seeking a fun day out with the kids in Wallingford?
Castle Gardens – once part of the site of one of England's most extensive and strongest castles, Castle Gardens are now a relaxing and peaceful spot in which to enjoy the well-kept lawns and flower beds and explore some of the earthworks remaining from the castle.
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Agatha Christie lived on the outskirts of the town and is now laid to rest at Cholsey. Dick Turpin is said to have holed up in one of the oldest buildings along the High Street, the George Hotel. During the civil war, under the charge of Colonel Blagge, Wallingford remained faithful to the King until he and his battalion, besieged by Sir Thomas Fairfax, were eventually forced out.
Choose a Cycle Ride into the Chiltern Hills. Download details of three cycle rides, ranging from 11–25 miles. All rides start at the Town Hall in Wallingford. Each route has been developed and tested by families with novice and more experienced cyclists.
Photo of The Beetle & Wedge by Herry Lawford
Wittenham Clumps, near Dorchester, are named after the two clumps of 300-year old beech trees which crown Castle Hill and Round Hill - formerly known as 'Mother Dunch's Buttocks'. The hills and their panoramic views of South Oxfordshire inspired such artists as the Chilterns' own Paul Nash (1889-1946) who loved to paint these views.
The centre of this Oxfordshire market town is an eclectic mix of old and new with traditional and charming shops mingling with the ultra modern. If the visitor is in pursuit of antiques then Wallingford is the place to come. The impressive Lamb Arcade, once a coaching inn, is packed full of curios and also has a lovely tea room.
Wallingford's steam railway heritage is preserved at the nearby Cholsey and Wallingford Steam railway for those with a passion for old steam trains.
Nuffield Place – 5.4 miles from Wallingford. Recently acquired by the National Trust, this is the home of Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motor Cars and one of the most remarkable men of the 20th century.
The Wallingford Murder Mystery Treasure Trail should be purchased prior to leaving home. Once you have your Trail booklet in your hand you're good to go!
The Trail starts at the Methodist Church in St Leonard's Square and guides you around the town centre and out along the towpath. You will then head across Castle Meadows and back into the centre of town, finishing in Wallingford Market Place.
Brightwell Vineyard – 1 mile from Wallingford. Oxfordshire's largest vineyard produces award-winning, quality English wines which frequently win medals at National and International competitions.
The easiest and quickest way to get the most up to date version of the Wallingford Treasure Trail is to order a download version off the website. You will instantly get a link to download a PDF file of the Trail for you to print at home. This can be done at any time of day or night for instant access.
To choose a place to stay, use our interactive map of accommodation in the Chilterns and visit the Southern Oxfordshire website. Choices range from the The town's own Springs Hotel and Golf Club to The Beetle & Wedge at Moulsford right on the banks of the Thames.
The narrow lanes of the older part of Wallingford follow the outline of the original Saxon roads which once echoed to the tread of other famous feet now consigned to history including writers, brigands and military leaders.
Then why not explore Wallingford on this self-guided Murder Mystery themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to eliminate the suspects to discover whodunit?
If you are looking to do the Trail today and don't have a printer, we do have a couple of local retailers (use the search below) or why not purchase a download and go to a local library where you can print it off. If there are no other options though, with a little patience (due to scale and format) the Trail can be used on a tablet and at a push a phone.
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Wallingford certainly has a great deal of history and is a gem for the local history buff. A trip to the museum, housed in the medieval oak beamed Flint House is a delight. It narrates the story of Wallingford, including details of being the Saxon King of Wessex Alfred's largest fortified town. He ordered the building of the Saxon banks that would have enclosed and protected the whole town and the remains can be seen around the Kinecroft.
Enjoy the view from the river: Salter's Steamers operate passenger trips from Wallingford to Reading, calling at Goring, Beale Park and Mapledurham.
Wallingford Town Information Centre, Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 0EG. Telephone: 01491 826972.
Wallingford Museum explains the history of the town. It includes The Wallingford Story, a SIGHT & SOUND experience which takes a walk through time from the Romans and Saxons to the Civil War, including a miniature re-creation of Wallingford's huge royal Castle.
Being so close to the Thames there are a lot of water activities. A visitor in July may witness the Royal Swan Upping when the Queen's Swan Marker makes the annual census of the Queen's swans who live on the Thames. The Swans are counted, measure and ringed after the new cygnets have fledged.
Near to the Town Hall is the old Corn Exchange built in 1856. This Grade II listed building had been abandoned and deteriorated badly until it was rescued by the Sinodun Players in the 70's. They have done a fantastic job of transforming it into a distinctive venue providing a unique atmosphere for a visit to the theatre or cinema.
By train: the nearest station is Cholsey, 2 miles from Wallingford. The Train Line has all the rail options.By road: Wallingford is 48 miles from London. The AA Classic Route Planner will provide a tailor-made route.
In 1066 William the Conqueror came to Wallingford and ordered the building of the castle which must have been impressive; it was to dominate the town for the next 600 years.
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The market centre is dominated by the Town Hall, built in 1670, where Judge Sir William Blackstone presided as Recorder of Wallingford and wrote ‘Commentaries on the Laws of England'. Sir William Blackstone is buried in Saint Peter's Church with its dominant spire. Unfortunately, this interesting looking church is now closed and a plaque outside confirms that it is "no longer used for worship but it remains a consecrated building and part of England's history".
Take a 3-mile circular walk following the Thames, from Wallingford to Benson Lock. Allow approximately 1½ hours. You'll find details of this and two more walks are in the Wallingford Scenic Walks leaflet.
The Cholsey & Wallingford Railway – this preserved former Great Western Railway branchline is known affectionately as The Bunk Line, although no one can quite recall why. Trains run on selected operating days – steam-hauled, whenever possible. Enjoy Driver Experience Days and see wagons undergoing restoration. Check the website for new acquisitions and progress on the Museum of artifacts and archives, currently being relocated in a Cambrian coach.