The Thames Valley is home to magnificent landscapes, fascinating towns and villages and a host of museums, manor houses, historic sites and tranquil parks. Our base is the pretty market town of Wallingford; founded in the 10th century by Alfred the Great, Wallingford is the fictional ‘Causton’ in TV’s ‘Midsomer Murders‘ and its location, nestling beside the River Thames, provides easy access to many places of interest, such as Highclere Castle which has been home to the Carnarvon family since the 17th century but has recently become famous as the location for TV’s popular costume drama ‘Downton Abbey‘.
Oxford, the ‘city of Spires’, is just 30 minutes away by bus and a little further north lies the picturesque village of Woodstock, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill in 1874.
Just a couple of miles from Wallingford is the ancient Wessex capital Cholsey, where crime-writer Agatha Christie had a home, Winterbrook House, where she died in 1976. She is buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s parish church. To the south-west lies the Royal Borough of Windsor, the site of Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Windsor is also home to Ascot Racecourse and the prestigious Eton College, regarded as one of the finest private schools in the world.
We are based at the Shillingford Bridge Hotel, beautifully situated overlooking the River Thames.
Wallingford boasts an appealing town centre with a great selection of independent shops and a superb collection of restaurants, cafés and pubs. With its Royal Charter, Wallingford hosts plenty of markets and the bustling Market Square is just a five minute stroll from the river.