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The Thames Valley: Towns and Villages
towns and villages
The Thames Valley offers a fantastically diverse range of towns and villages, with the historic and the modern often comfortably side by side.

Whether you are looking for historic, quaint villages, or larger cities with good shopping facilities, you will find it here!


Picture of Abingdon
Abingdon, just south of Oxford, is an ideal base for...


Picture of Bicester
Bicester is situated in the North East of Berkshire...


Picture of Charlbury
Charlbury is a typical quaint English Cotswold town...


Picture of Cirencester
Cirencester is a historic town in the Cotswolds,...


Picture of Cricklade
Cricklade is a small pretty town, lying just outside...


Picture of Dorchester
Said to be the most historic spot in Oxfordshire, with...


Picture of Faringdon
Faringdon dates back to the Domesday book and is...


Picture of Henley-on-Thames
Henley is one of Oxfordshire’s most picturesque towns,...


Picture of Hurley
Hurley is a lovely small village near Marlow, known...


Picture of Lechlade
Lechlade is the highest point at which the River...


Picture of Maidenhead
Maidenhead, despite its current reputation as a...


Picture of Marlow
Marlow is a delightful town on the River Thames dating...


Picture of Oxford
Oxford is perhaps best known as one the two oldest...


Picture of Pangbourne
Records of the village of Pangbourne exist back to 844...

Princes Risborough

Picture of Princes Risborough
Princes Risborough dates back to before 1066 being...


Picture of Reading
Reading, which dates back as a settlement to the 8th...


Picture of Streatley
Streatley was mentioned in the Domesday book but its...


Picture of Wallingford
Wallingford lies at the foot of the Chilterns on the...


Picture of Windsor
The historic town of Windsor, on the River Thames, is...


Picture of Witney
Witney lies west of Oxford on the River Windrush. It...


Picture of Woodstock
The historic market town of Woodstock, on the River...

Things To Do
In and On The Water Explore the some of the sheer endless possibilities around the River [...] read more
Walks From easy short buggy walks to demanding long hikes, the Thames Valley [...] read more
Cycling There are plenty of excellent cycle routes in the Thames Valley, whether you are a keen mountain biker or looking for an easy track suitable for the [...] read more
Shopping Whether you are looking to do some serious all-day shopping, or maybe browse small shops and craft stalls as part of  a day out, the Thames [...] read more
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Thames Valley Info
The Region Where does the Thames Valley start? Where does it end? Some facts and a definition of what constitutes the Thames Valley.
Interesting Facts Reaching back in history, these interesting facts allow an insight into the changes in the Thames Valley over the centuries.
Maps In order to help with your trip to the Thames Valley we have selected a number of maps, covering various areas and interests. The links take you [...] read more
Books In order to help with your trip to the Thames Valley we have selected a number of books, covering a wide range of interests from adventure walks to [...] read more
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