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Discover more about Abingdon-on-Thames, the historic, modern market town set in rural Oxfordshire. Browse our pages to find out more about the ancient streets, the riverside walks, the gourmet delights and the annual festivals of the town famous for its Bun-Throwing, the 400 year-old moment of market place mayhem which is our way of celebrating royal occasions.

Come and witness one of our living traditions, taste something new at one of our markets, dance with our Morris dancers or simply sit by the river with a picnic. Abingdon-on-Thames proudly claims to be the oldest town in the country, but with a genuine community spirit and lively events driven by local people, it feels energising, alive and kicking!

This website contains all the information you need to discover this beautiful, lively market town for yourself. It’s also your one-stop resource to find out all you need to enjoy community life to the full if you are already lucky enough to live here, or work here.

View of one of the historic buildings of Abingdon
Abingdon-on-Thames has accommodation of all kinds from traditional hotels in the town centre, B&Bs in simple but elegant townhouses, efficient modern hotels near the major routes and charming rural B&Bs in the surrounding countryside. Holiday accommodation in or close to the town centre includes the Crown and Thistle Hotel, Cosener's House Hotel, B&Bs on East St Helen Street, Abbey...
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Abingdon-on-Thames has just released a new Town Guide with information about the services, shops and major activities going on in the town. A copy has been delivered to every household but there are also copies available at the Town Council Information Centre. Or click on the link below to view a pdf right now. Click here to download a PDF of the Town Guide.
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Large crowd of people in the Market Place at an event
Abingdon-on-Thames is located in the centre of England, on the River Thames and makes a great base for a holiday in the UK. London is about an hour away and many famous attractions can be visited as an easy day trip, such as Royal Windsor, Shakespeare's Stratford and the mysterious Stonehenge. Traveline offers travel advice and guidance to help with planning a journey to get here and to travel...
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St Helens Wharf and Church
Abingdon-on-Thames has a strong claim to be England’s oldest town. Archaeological digs have shown that this was one of the earliest areas in which our hunter-gatherer ancestors first began to lead more settled lifestyles, attracted by the food and trading opportunities that the confluence of the River Ock with the River Thames provided. Medieval Abingdon was a highly significant place. From the...
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Morris dancers chatting in a group in between dances
With more living traditions than you can shake a handkerchief at, Abingdon-on-Thames is the stage for a number of events that no-one fully understands, but everyone loves. From the community craziness of our unique Bun-Throwing tradition to the day-long Morris marathon of the Election of the Mayor Ock Street, there are hidden meanings from the past in so many of the events that form part of our...
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Relax by the River Thames in one of our town parks
Abingdon-on-Thames has wonderful outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed by the brave and sporty visitor, but it also has plenty of places that are great to just relax, stroll in, or watch the river go by from a comfortable bench! Take your pick and have the kind of day that suits you, in our parks, riverside areas, Market Place cafes or at our swimming pools and sports centres. From Tuesday to...
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Abingdon-on-Thames has a lively community life. Day, weekend and week long festivals are held throughout the year. Individuals and town societies contribute to the calendar with support from the town administration.   January New Years Day walks, March Abingdon Model Railway Show, Fairtrade Fortnight, Head of the River Race, April Cycling Festival, May Day of Dance, June Historic Mock Mayor Day,...
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Abingdon has close links, built up over many years, with its four twin towns: Argentan, France; Lucca, Italy; Schongau, Germany and Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. There are also close connections with Colmar in France which is twinned with the Vale of White Horse District Council. Argentan was Abingdon's first twin town with whom it twinned in 1956.   Argentan is a town in Southern Normandy, comparative...
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There are some memorable pieces of public art in the town. There are notable modern scuptures such as those in Bury Street, near one entrance to the Abbey grounds, in Thames View. Also, find pieces on buildings and at ground level such as at Ock Bridge Place and at the MG garden. District Council has taken the initiative to place items and a map and cycle tour of these covers a large part of the...
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