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The Abingdon Area

The Abingdon Area

Abingdon on Thames is located in South East England in the county of Oxfordshire, about 5.5 miles (9.8km) from Oxford and approximately 60 miles west of London. Set in the beautiful Thames Valley, Abingdon has been inhabited for 6,000 years and is steeped in English heritage and beautiful architecture, and surrounded by archetypal English countryside. The Vale of the White Horse, the district in which Abingdon lies, is largely flat with an abundance of meadows and woodland.

Occupied since the Iron Age, Abingdon boasts some impressive historical sites including Abingdon Abbey, Abingdon County Hall Museum and Abingdon Bridge. Abingdon was one of the first towns in Britain to achieve status as a 'Fair Trade Town' with town organisations and retail outlets encouraged to stock fair trade goods. A number of traditional and entertaining family events, combined with a number of contemporary festivals and annual celebrations, draw visitors from far and wide.