Thames Valley Museums
Did you know that there are over 70 museums in the Thames Valley? There’s something to engage every age and interest. With international museums such as the Ashmolean in Oxford and the River & Rowing Museum which has been recognised as one of the top 50 Museums in the world by The Times.
Museums continue to evolve and improve and one example is Abingdon County Hall Museum, which has had a Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment and as well as a contemporary permanent exhibition, has a cafe, and the County Hall Roof, sporting breath-taking views of the historic town and surrounding countryside.
Another Thames Valley Museum includes the Stanley Spencer Gallery which first opened in 1962, three years after the artist's death. It has a wonderful collection of more than 100 of his paintings and drawings. In 2007 the Gallery was awarded a large grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled the former Methodist chapel to be transformed into a stunning exhibition space.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
The River Thames offers fantastic leisure facilities for boating. Whether you are looking for a relaxing afternoon, seeing the sights while somebody else drives, or you want to be in charge and hire a boat, punt or canoe for an hour or longer. Read more…
Fancy a quick snack, or a hearty three-course meal? What about a glass of wine by the river? There’s a whole host of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms along the River Thames.
From historic royal palaces to thrill-filled theme parks, the River Thames is surrounded by lots of exciting attractions.