Abingdon was the county town of Berkshire until 1870, and became part of Oxfordshire when local government was re-organised in 1974. It is a busy market town with a good choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. It was the home of MG motor cars which used to be built at the MG Works, which is now a business centre. It benefits from being aside the River Thames and having an attractive County Hall. However, Jerome K Jerome in his book Three Men in a Boat described Abingdon as a 'dull market town'.
- By rail to Oxford, then by bus.
- Abingdon County Hall Museum, Market Place, OX14 3HG, ☎ +44 1235 523703. 10AM-4PM. Free entry to museum, prices for access to the roof are: adults £2.00, children £0.50, concessions £1.00.
- Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, ☎ +44 1235 525880. 9-5, Mon-Sat. Small, friendly, independent bookshop which won Bookshop of the Year award in 2008.
- Ock Mill Beefeater, Marcham Road, OX14 1AD.
- Spice Valley, 21-27 Ock Street, OX14 5AJ. Indian restaurant
- The Boundary House, 69 Oxford Road, OX14 2AA.
- Crown & Thistle Hotel, Bridge Street, ☎ +44 1235 522556.
- Oxford Abingdon Hotel, Marcham Road, ☎ +44 1235 553456, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 3pm, check-out: 11am. £38-110.
- Abodes of Oxford B&B in Oxford, 6 Blackman Close Kennington Oxford, ☎ +44 1865 435229, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Sutton Courtenay, about 2 miles south of Abingdon, where the author George Orwell (Eric Blair) is buried.