Thames Valley, Henley, Waddesdon & Midsomer

Thames Valley, Henley, Waddesdon & Midsomer

A 5 day tour visiting the Oxfordshire towns and villages featured in Midsommer Murders

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A 5 day tour visiting the Oxfordshire towns and villages featured in Midsommer Murders

Fans know Midsomer as the home of traditional pubs, village greens, fetes and Sunday afternoon cricket. They watch the improbable number of murders committed in dastardly yet creative ways, and solved by the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby of Causton CID. But that’s the fictional Midsomer County.

The real-life Midsomer Murders locations are spread across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire where towns and villages have names every bit as wonderful as their fictional counterparts. South Oxfordshire’s villages, stately homes, stone cottages and market towns provide around half of the filming locations.

 

Henley-on-Thames

Henley’s historic heart sits just a few strides from the River Thames. The main street has many Georgian frontages covering older buildings and among the 300 buildings within the town designated ‘of special architectural or historical interest’ are St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, Market Place and the 18th Century stone bridge.

 

Dorchester

The Roman town of Dorcic, or Dorchester as it is now called, is an attractive and prosperous Thames-side village. The village is actually about a quarter of a mile away from the Thames at its confluence with the River Thame. Along the High Street there are a number of fine period buildings which give the village its special character. Today Dorchester is firmly established on the tourist trail due in part to being a popular location for the TV series Midsomer Murders and scenes from several episodes have been filmed in the village.

Wallingford

Wallingford is a riverside town of narrow 9th century streets, a half-cobbled square and Elizabethan town hall. The river Thames at Wallingford is spanned by a 16 arch bridge and makes a splendid entrance to the town. Wallingford’s 16th century town hall hosts the tourist information centre. 

The 19th century corn exchange is a theatre and it doubles as Causton theatre and the amateur dramatic group often provide extras for episodes of Midsomer Murders. Queen of English crime writing. Agatha Christie, lived and wrote in Wallingford. She is buried in nearby Cholsey.

 

Waddesdon Manor

Built in the late 19th century by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, this stately home near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, masquerades as a 16th century French Chateau. It was created by Rothschild to house his collection of 18th century French art and to entertain his fashionable friends. Today it is owned by the National Trust and maintained by them along with Rothschild family trusts.

Day 1

We depart Cumbria for the journey south, we make a short lunch stop in the historic town of Warwick on our way to Berkshire and arrive late afternoon at the Millenium Madejski Hotel, Reading, our base for the next 4 nights. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

For our excursion today, we are joined by a local guide, our first visit is to Henley-on-Thames, probably most famous for its annual Royal Rowing Regatta, we enjoy a relaxing one-hour cruise on this lovely stretch of the River Thames. This is followed by a leisurely one-hour walking tour of Henley. We then have some free time, perhaps visit the River & Rowing Museum or see the beautiful church where Dusty Springfield is buried. Our guided tour in the afternoon visits some of the beautiful little towns, villages and rolling hills which are the settings for Midsomer Murders and the centre of DCI Barnaby’s investigations. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Our first stop today is Dorchester-on-Thames, here we have an included walking tour of this picture postcard village built up around one of England’s most historic Abbeys. Following time for a drink in one of the historic coaching inns or tea rooms, we head to the medieval market town of Wallingford, It has a riverside setting with narrow 9th century streets, a half-cobbled square and Elizabethan town hall. A 16 arch bridge spans the River Thames and makes a splendid entrance to the town. We have a short guided walking tour of the town and chance to visit the Wallingford Museum which offers a glimpse of the past with an audio commentary walk through time in the Wallingford Story. In the afternoon we meet one of the actors who has appeared in Midsomer murders, over a cream tea in a traditional 16th Century coaching inn, he will entertain us with stories from Midsomer and more. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

This morning we travel through the Chiltern Hills towards Aylesbury and an included visit to Waddesdon Manor, built in the 1870s for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. This French Renaissance-style château has a fine art collection and one of the best Victorian gardens in Britain. On arrival we have a brief introduction to the estate over tea/coffee and biscuits in the café before have time at leisure to explore the house and gardens. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Day 5

After breakfast we leave our hosts at theMillenium Madejski Hotel and begin our journey home, calling at the lovely cathedral city of Lichfield for lunch, before arriving back in Cumbria early evening.

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Millenium Madejski Hotel Reading

Featuring a swimming pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a fitness centre, the 4-star Millennium Madejski in Reading is conveniently located right next to The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre and adjacent to the Madejski Stadium.

Each room here features a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box, coffee and tea making facilities, and an en-suite bathroom.

Guests can dine in the award-winning Cilantro Restaurant & Champagne Bar, serving international cuisine. Further options include a brasserie, a bar and a restaurant serving Thai cuisine.

Further facilities include concierge services, a 24-hour room service and a business centre.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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