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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Abingdon Town Tours

The stories of a mid-Thames town

Let us discover Abingdon, a town with a vast past

Medieval history, an abbey, two fascinating churches, the County Hall, the market place, the River Thames. We can discover a lot in two hours.

Abingdon is a typical mid-Thames market town, but its history reveals much more.

Pevsner was very complimentary about the three sets of almshouses, “no other churchyard anywhere has anything like it”.

Customise your tour

Create your ideal day by selecting any of the options from the table below. Choose your distance, time or type of activity. At any point, feel free to get in touch and we will help you build the perfect tour for you and your group.

Type of activityApproximate lengthAbility
Abingdon highlights
75 minutes (1 mile, 1.5 kilometres)
Gentle - for all abilities and ages
The river, the town and the abbey
2 hours (2 miles, 3 kilometres)
Medium - average level of fitness
Discovering Abingdon
Half day, up to 4 hours (distance variable)
Medium - average level of fitness

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Get to know Abingdon and its residents over the centuries

We have options.  Our 75 minute tour starting at the Market Place could include the former County Hall, the remains of the abbey, and part of the River Thames.  Or we could visit the merchants’ area of the town including a significant church and its almshouses along a different section of the river.

Two hours will allow us to do both.

A half day gives us even more time, with a walk further along the River Thames or a visit to the fascinating museum in the County Hall.

Here are some of the places you can visit in Abingdon:

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Reading UK CIC
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Member of Visit Thames

Sam Evans

Humphreys of Henley

Graham is one of our clients’ favourite guides! They tell us that he is not only informative, but fun and entertaining, bringing the stunning destinations across southern England to life. We love to introduce Graham to our clients because he finds out about them and makes the whole experience truly personal.

British visitor


You cannot imagine what a wonderful time I had on Monday on the canal walk which you recommended! Thank you so much.

Michelle Patrick

Hobbs of Henley

Graham has been a Blue Badge guide on quite a few of our specialist river trips on the Thames. He is a very informative guide and professional and it is a pleasure to work with him.

HF Holidays guest

Graham is an excellent leader – knowledgeable, convivial, collaborative

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