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.

Here you can find some of the best places the Thames Valley has to offer, whether you are looking for picturesque villages in beautiful countryside or larger cities with modern shopping facilities!
 

Abingdon
This historic market town is an ideal base for exploring much of the upper Thames.
Bicester
A pleasant market town where you can enjoy discount outlet shopping.
Charlbury
Charlbury is full of welcoming pubs, and ideal for walking and cycling.
Cookham
The village lies near some of the most beautiful stretches of the river.
Cricklade
Cricklade is a small pretty town situated on the banks of the River Thames.
Dorchester
A historic village in Oxfordshire with many thatched cottages.
Faringdon
Faringdon dates back to the Domesday book and is steeped in history.
Henley-on-Thames
One of Oxfordshire’s most picturesque towns, situated on the River Thames.
Hurley
Hurley is a lovely small village near Marlow, known for its yearly canoe race.
Lechlade
A base for visiting the area and the highest navigable point of the Thames.
Maidenhead
Located on the Thames, the town has a long history and is popular with shoppers.
Marlow
Marlow is a delightful town on the River Thames dating back to the mid-11th century.
Oxford
The great old university town with a bustling centre and impressive buildings.
Pangbourne
Records of the village of Pangbourne, just outside of Reading, exist back to 844.
Princes Risborough
Situated close to the ancient Ickneild Way, Princes Risborough dates back to before 1066.
Reading
Reading, which dates back to the 8th century, is now one of the UK’s top retail destinations.
Streatley
Streatley lies right on the river and offers beautiful walks along its banks.
Wallingford
Wallingford lies at the foot of the Chilterns on the west side of the River Thames.
Windsor
Windsor is steeped in the history of the royal family of England.
Witney
A historic town known for its woolen blankets, close to Blenheim Palace and Oxford.
Woodstock
This market town lies on the Thames and is home to Blenheim Palace.
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