what to SEE AND do in wallingford

whether you're planning a day trip or a longer stay there is plenty to see and do 

Castle Gardens and Meadows

Explore the site of one of England’s strongest and most important castles. Crumbling castle ruins, earthworks and ramparts set in beautifully managed gardens.

Gardens Open
8.30am - 3pm from 1st October to 31st March

8.30am - 6pm from 1st April to 31st May

8.30am - 7pm from 1st June - 30th September

The Castle Meadows has been awarded the coveted Green Flag Award for nine consecutive years, and Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the last three years.

River Thames

Wallingford was important historically because of its excellent ford and today the same crossing place has one of the finest bridges over the River Thames. 

Wander along the Thames Path from Wallingford to Benson Lock or take a boat trip with Salter’s Steamers to Abingdon or Reading. A great way to take in the beautiful countryside. 

For an interactive map of the Thames click here.

Agatha Christie Trail

Learn more about Wallingford’s former resident Dame Agatha Christie an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. 

This five mile circular walk takes in places linked to the writer including her former house in Winterbrook and her grave in nearby Cholsey.

Click here to find out more.

Midsomer Murders Trails

Fans of popular TV series Midsomer Murders will recognise Wallingford as Causton, home to main character Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. 

You can explore the filming locations around Wallingford on foot and the surrounding area by car. To find out more about how to discover the filmed locations of Midsomer Murders click here

Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

The centre runs heritage diesel or steam train rides on most weekends from Easter to September, and special Santa trains in December. Various themed weekends are organised including Teddy Bear’s Picnics, children who bring their Teddy Bear travel free, Vintage Travel Weekend with various added exhibits including traction engines etc, and a 1940’s Weekend with the Home Guard in attendance. There are also special Fish & Chip trains on selected evenings.  

Through ticketing to Wallingford is available from GWR stations, just ask for a ‘Wally Rover’ ticket.

Full details are available at Cholsey & Wallingford Railway website

Wallingford Museum

Find out more about Wallingford’s rich history, from Romans and Saxons and its important role in the Civil War to a Victorian street scene. Includes an audio tour and plenty of interactive things to keep the family entertained. There is also the ever-expanding exhibition 'At home with the Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie' with information and artefacts curated from sources in the town who came into contact with the famous crime writer. 

You can also see the 'Midsomer Murders' display, with props and memorabilia, highlighting Wallingford's connections with this popular TV series.

Visit the Wallingford Museum website for details of current exhibitions.

Peruse the shops 

Wallingford is well-renowned for its collection of independent shops and boutiques, selling everything from gifts and jewellery to household goods. The town also hosts an interesting collection of antiques shops where you can pick up all sorts of unique trinkets and furniture. Read more.

Riverside Splashpark and swimming pool

Take a dip in the outdoor heated pool and Splashpark located alongside the River, adjacent to the magnificent Wallingford Bridge. Also a perfect spot for a picnic.

Find out more at the Better website.

Wallingford Historical walk

Discover Wallingford’s history on foot, from its Saxon heritage and historic churches, to important streets and industries. Click here to download a trail leaflet.

There are guided historic town walks every Saturday morning between June and September. These are general walks covering the rich history of the town, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders. They appeal to residents and visitors alike. There is no need to book, simply meet at 11am at the Town Hall. Walks last 1 - 2 hours and cost £5.  

Wittenham Clumps

Enjoy stunning panoramic views of south Oxfordshire. The iconic landscape of the Wittenham Clumps is made up of Castle Hill and Round Hill with a newly created wildflower meadow, local wildlife and ancient archaeological features.

Visit the Earth Trust website to find out more.