Our favourite cultural things to do in the Abingdon area
Top cultural venues and events in the area
Wallingford Castle was an impressive stone motte and bailey fortress, founded by Robert D'Oyley. Built in the Norman layout of two baileys, with the motte between them, it was demolished in the 17th Century, leaving the 16th-century Collegiate Church of St Nicholas. The castle grounds (including the remains of St Nicholas College, two sections of castle wall and the motte hill) are now open to the public.
The Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul is the parish church of Dorchester-on-Thames. It is open 365 days a year, 8am to 6pm and entry is free. There is a museum, shop and tea-room. The award-winning Cloister Gallery display, described as the best of its kind in the country, tells the story of the Abbey building through a collection of carved and moulded medieval stonework supported by a vivid, written commentary.
|Abingdon County Hall Museum
Based in England's grandest free-standing town hall with an open ground floor, Abingdon Museum houses a permanent collection of zoological exhibits, rocks and minerals, as well as temporary exhibitions. The roof gives a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, and is also the venue for Abingdon's traditional 'Bun Throwing' ceremonies to mark Royal occasions.
|Cornerstone Arts Centre
Located in Didcot, the Cornerstone Arts Centre features an auditorium for theatre, shows, gigs and performances, a visual art gallery, a welcoming cafe, bar and restaurant, a dance studio, a visual arts studio, and various multi-purpose spaces for meetings and workshops.