Abingdon-on-Thames is a historic market town set in rural Oxfordshire, just six miles south of Oxford City Centre. It is a scenic town steeped in history and is the perfect place for a relaxing family day out. Abingdon is only a short 25 minute drive from Hardwick Parks and is well worth a visit on a nice summer’s day.
Hardwick Parks have put together a list of some of our favourite things to do in Abingdon with all the family.
The Thames Path is a National Trail which follows along the River Thames. It is 184 miles long and the entire length can be walked along. The path passes within a 2 minute walk of the town centre and many visitors choose to explore the path for a while, taking in the beautiful scenery, passing boats, and various bridges. The towering spire of St Helen’s Wharf can be seen above the river, creating a postcard-perfect view.
Abingdon Abbey Buildings, Gardens and Meadow
For a taste of history, it is well worth a visit to the remaining Abbey buildings as well as the gardens and meadow. The Benedictine Abbey was around the same size as Westminster Abbey and was the predominant feature of the town. Unfortunately, the abbey was dismantled during the reign of Henry VIII and only a few scattered medieval buildings remain. These are the Unicorn Theatre, Guildhall and Long Gallery and for those interested in history, they are well worth a visit! Nothing of the actual Abbey remains, however, the outline of the building can still be viewed at Abbey Gardens. Continue exploring by taking a stroll through the Abbey Meadows where you can enjoy the scenery and views.
Abingdon County Hall Museum
The museum itself is a stunning piece of architecture designed by a protégé of Sir Christopher Wren and was thought to be built between 1678 and 1682. Originally a courtroom, the building now houses the County Hall Museum with three floors of exhibit to visit as well as a rooftop offering stunning views over the Thames and beyond. The exhibitions centre on local history, culture and events and often houses many visitor activities.
A scale model museum for train and travel enthusiasts alike, the Pendon Museum preserves the rural scenes of the 1920s and 30s in miniature form. Some of the models on display took hundreds of hours to complete which is a testament to the amazing detail and accuracy of the miniatures. Families will love this attraction and they also host regular junior modelling workshops and family trails.
Hardwick Parks is a holiday and touring park located in the heart of Oxfordshire which makes it the perfect base for a day visit to Abingdon-on-Thames. Hardwick Parks itself offers 180 acres of stunning parkland with two lakes and gorgeous scenery. On-site fishing is a popular attraction as well as a variety of other watersports including waterskiing and kayaking.
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