"Abingdon - more people should visit here!!" Abingdon-on-Thames by aaaarrgh

Abingdon-on-Thames Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 57 photos

Famous for being the town where aaaarrgh was born, way way back in the mists of the time.

Abingdon really is a very nice historic town. Apparently it has 3000 years of history, the longest continually inhabited site in England!!

It was the site of England's first Abbey. The Market Place has had regular weekly markets since the 16th century. Overlooking the Market place is the most splendid Town Hall, which was built by a pupil of England's most famous architect, Sir Christopher Wren. Nearby St Helen's Church is famed for being the second widest church in England.

Famous more recently for being the home of the MG sports car factory.

Tourist Information Office on Bridge Street, as you enter the town over the old bridge, from the south.

County Hall Under Wraps

Abingdon's fabulous County Hall is currently being refurbished. Hopefully it will be worth the wait, because the works do not finish until Spring 2012.

In the meantime, the building looks like it has been wrapped by the French installation artist Christo - it is completely covered with plastic sheet and scaffolding. Curiously, at a special bun-throwing event to celebrate William and Catherine's wedding, buns had to be thrown through the scaffolding and plastic!

In the meantime, because the County Hall is one of THE reasons to visit Abingdon, you seriously might want to postpone your visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Not far from Oxford, on the River Thames, history, architecture...
  • Cons:Sprawling housing estates spreading ever wider
  • In a nutshell:One of England's most historic towns
  • Last visit to Abingdon-on-Thames: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 15, 2011
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    So you were born in Abingdon roughly 3,000 years ago while the market took place on a boat on top of the town hall from where but 10 people enjoyed a great view? Or did I mix something up? Anyway, now that my wife works there, I might go there.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    as an mg owner, i must take it to its spiritual home one day

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2006 at 4:01 PM

    A beautiful little page! Been so close but keep missing this area in my travels. I don't know how many times I've wanted to do an English canal cruise. Great idea to view from the museum roof & nice to see at least some remnants of the Abbey remaining!

  • Bangkokjoe's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2006 at 6:46 PM

    Abingdon. Also the home of Spuddie Watson. You may know him.. he didn't live in a boat, or sack the Abbott.

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2005 at 2:48 PM

    What a quaint and lovely place, Sean. I think what one sees in the old postcards is what us tourists always expect small places to look like.

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