I was pleasantly surprised to learn Abingdon’s history. It proudly claims to be the oldest town in England, due to having a pre-neolithic settlement and archeological and object proof of the town developing on this site for thousands of years.
The Abbey Gardens are a charming stroll with flat, easy paths and wide gates, comprising of two main areas; the formal garden area with flower beds, herbaceous borders, seating and an Italian walkway; and the open parkland with a number of mature trees, a folly and an ornamental lake which is a haven for wildlife and is home to the nationally scarce water vole. (MAP HERE)
Amongst the planted flower displays can be found Victoria’s statue and the ruins which have fooled many a visitor into thinking they have seen the remains of Abingdon Abbey. In fact it is Trendell’s Folly created in the 19th century when this was a private garden. None the less the stones are probably ancient in their own right as they are thought to have come from St Helen’s church whose spire looks over the river. To understand how spectacular the medieval abbey really was, trace out the stones in the grass which mark the lines of the foundations uncovered when the archaeologists investigated this site.
Continue your stroll through Abbey Meadow, feeding the ducks on the Millstream as you go, all the way to the rushing waters of the Abingdon Lock and Weir. If your children let you pass one of the biggest and best (FREE) parks in Oxford, that is….. please see post down below
🗺 Address: Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JD
🚘 Free timed parking
🚻 Toilets available
🍕Refreshments available close by town centre or Waitrose
🧺 Picnic allowed (lots of benches under trees)
🦽 Buggy accessible
🐕 Dogs allowed
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