Wallingford is a beautiful market town located next to the River Thames within South Oxfordshire and does not run low on great things to do. At the Centre is Wallingford Town Hall, its origin dating back to 1670. To commemorate this, regular Markets are held monthly. Presenting many freshly made goods. As well as the independent shops surrounding the town centre that the local community greatly treasure. As well as the Wallingford Local Producers Market, this also includes Wallingford Tea Room, Craft Hub and more.
Being located along the River Thames means that Wallingford is a fantastic place to explore its historically iconic Ford. This offers the chance to hire a boat and venture down the river to Abingdon or Reading. As well as a stroll from Wallingford to Benson lock.
Another scenic trip would be a visit to the Castle Gardens and Meadows. Where the remains of a grand medieval castle still stands. Having been built in 1067, it was one of the most important castles in England, having been built by the infamous William the Conqueror. Later on, its purpose was transformed to a Royalist stronghold during the years of the Civil War. At present day the Castle and gardens acts as a peaceful place for the community to relax and have a stroll.
However, Wallingford is also known for its classic pub culture, capturing history in its tracks. One of the many popular pubs includes The Boat House, sat along the river. Not only does this pub offer a fantastic selection of traditional British pub food but also a lovely beer garden, along with an extensive drinks list to entice every taste bud. Another classic is the 18th century Coach and Horses. Its strong reputation consists of delicious home-cooked pub food, real ales and its cosy log fire. Yet again providing a lovely garden area.
Another great way to embrace the history of Wallingford is by visiting the Wallingford Museum based within a beautiful Tudor house on the High Street. Including incredible Medieval and Victorian artefacts. Along with archaeology from the infamous Wallingford Castle and much more.
After exploring the Wallingford Museum, a bite to eat at in the numerous cafes and restaurants along the High Street is unmissable. Particularly the quant Ribizli Plant-based Café. Providing many natural, wholesome and incredibly delicious food and drink options. The unique café’s aim is to expose customers to the fresh and tasty way of living, while saving money and reducing the impact on the environment. The café also wondrously cares for the local and global communities. However, if you are looking for a more classic route. The Pizza Café is fantastic. Known for its delicious Pizza and Baguette menus set in a modern and cosy ambience, making it a perfect stop for lunch.