Wallingford - FURTHER INFORMATION
Wallingford - Wallingford visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Wallingford' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Oxfordshire.
Wallingford is an old market town on an important crossing point of the in Oxfordshire. The town has had strategic importance since Saxon times, as indicated by the ruins of an old Saxon castle which now stand in Wallingford Castle Gardens and form one of the local tourist attractions. During the 9th century it formed one of the fortified burgh towns created by King Alfred the Great to protect locals against the Vikings.
Wallingford was badly hit by the Black Death in 1349. After this much of the stone from the castle was used to renovate , leaving the ruins we see today. The town also suffered economically from the opening of Abingdon Bridge in 1416 providing a more convenient river crossing further downstream.
Wallingford - Tourist AttractionsWallingford still has notable historic sites worthy of visiting, and is surrounded by small villages. Among the local tourist attractions in and around Wallingford are:
- Wallingford Castle Garden - with the remains of Wallingford Castle, the ruins of the Queen's Tower and picturesque Queen's Arbour.
- Wallingford Market Place - with the stucco covered Town Hall (in which is the Wallingford Tourist Information office), built in 1670 and 19th century drinking fountain.
- St Mary-le-More Church - mostly Victorian church building with a 17th century tower built with stone from Wallingford Castle.
- Kinecroft and Saxon Ramparts - some of the best examples of 9th century Saxon defences in the UK, with a Saxon burial ground.
- Wallingford Museum - Housed within a 15th century, oak framed flint house with displays about the history of the town and region.
- St Peter's Church - medieval church destroyed during the Civil War and rebuilt in 1769.
- Crowmarsh Gifford Riverside Meadow - public meadow and wildlife reserve managed by the Northmoor Trust.
- River Thames Walks - there are various walks around Wallingford along the Thames footpaths.
- Moulsford Railway Bridge - red brick bridge built by Brunel across the Thames at Little Stoke, just south of Wallingford, between 1838 and 1839.
- Agatha Christie and Midsummer Murders - Agatha Christie lived in Wallingford and much of the filming for the TV series, Midsummer Murders, was filmed in the surrounding countryside.
Wallingford Tourist Information Centre
Town Hall, Market Place,
Oxfordshire OX10 0EG
Phone: +44 (0)1491 826972
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Wallingford is at the meeting of the A4130, A4074 and A329 roads about 6 miles east of Didcot and 7 miles north of Goring. It is 13 miles south of Oxford and 14 miles north of Reading.
Train: Cholsey Station (3.2 miles) is the closest , with Didcot Station (6 miles) and Goring Station (6.6 miles) also nearby.