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Different places and streets to shop

Abingdon-on-Thames's town centre shops have plenty to offer all ages in every season. There are new shops and restaurants including some near the River Thames. The town also has shopping centres on the main arterial roads into town and to serve the local community north, south, east and west of the centre.

To save time or make sure you don't miss some particular shops or cafés, our selection of streets and places below will help you work out what you will find. Parking is free in civic car parks during the evenings and for two hours in the day providing you read the terms and get a ticket with your registration number.

All shops have websites and many sell on line. Please remember though that as part of the Shop Local initiative you are keeping good traders in business by supporting the town.  You can see the quality of goods and notice all the new offers ,Independent shops often have offers which are better value than those on line. 

Tickets outlets for town events available now
Unicorn Theatre varied plays and June Festival of One-Act plays
Monthly Thursday brilliant pro bands Tickets available from: 
Online: email: or The Bookstore Abingdon
Tickets available from: The Bookstore Abingdon

Unicorn Cinema all the latest films in this intimate 93 seat space town cinema book any day on

Film Society – ABCD Film Society
 All films shown at the Health and Wellbeing Centre at 7.45pm Silent Classic in St Nicolas Church each March
 Tickets available by membership or turn up early. For more information:
Abingdon and District Musical Society 
Concerts in the web diary March, June, November, Christmas Tickets available from Mostly Books or at the door.

Abingdon Operatic Society
April and October Tickets on sale at and Newbury Building Society
The Northcourt  Music, top tribute acts and Comedy at the Northcourt
Tickets available online at or at the Abingdon United Social Club from 7.00pm onwards or on the door (if not sold out)

Abingdon Air and Country Show    Each May
Available on the day unless sold out on line booking preferred. Local outlets from end of February

Music in the Park  first weekend in June
Tickets (wristband for entry) available on line or from Abingdon-on-Thames Information from April (Cash only)

Book and reading events
Abingdon Library No tickets required. Variations and check in holidays
Every Tuesday: Computer Buddy Sessions 4.00 – 5.00pm
Every Wednesday: Rhyme time 9.30 – 10.00am and 11.00 - 11.30am
First Thursday of the month: Books Aloud Audio Book Group 2.00 – 3.30pm
First Friday of the month: Children’s Book Club 3.30 – 4.15pm
Saturday: Code Club 10.00 – 11.00am   Story time  2.30 – 3.00pm
Last Saturday of the month: Family History Help desk 10.00am – 2.00pm
Mostly Books bookshop arts, book and reading groups, literary events, children's sessions
The Bookstore tickets for events, a booklet of seasonal specials

Food events
Added Ingredients Wine evenings with tickets for food pairings monthly

Lounge Café
Museum Mouse Hole Café closed for now, craft activities offered here
Annie's at Abingdon Bridge
The Little Tea Room

these offer sociable activities, many more are in te directory of town businesses

Events in Abingdon Pubs
The Boundary House – Sport, music 
The Brewery Tap Live music Sundays
The College Oak Sport, music at weekends
King's Head and Bell  Abingdon Jazz Club one Wednesday each month, gigs in the King Charles Room upstairs including the town's public speaking club
The Midget – Tuesday Quiz, Thursday Disco Bingo. Sport
The Nags Head – Friday night Live Music, Saturday night Soul Sessions, Sunday early evening Jazz
Abingdon Museum programme of free talks and events and free entry all year round Tuesday to Sunday Some special talks have a small cost, children's crafts are free

Other Local Activities
Culham High Ropes activity adventure centre Book at
Snakes and Ladders soft play centre No booking required but inform them if bringing more than 10 children. Under 12’s only,with parent or carer responsible

Abingdon Bridge Marine - Salters Steamers last weekend in May to Heritage weekend in September boats between Wallingford, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxford. Short trips from Oxford or Reading during other seasons depending on current and rive height.

Ticket Suppliers
Abingdon Visitor and Community Information Centre
Abingdon Gift Centre – Studio Theatre Club
Abingdon Information Centre – Music in the Park and Abingdon Air and Country Show
Mostly Books – Abingdon and District Musical Society
Newbury Building Society – Abingdon Operatic Society
Music at the Unicorn
The Bookstore – Abingdon Drama Club
The Northcourt – Music and Comedy at the Northcourt tickets
Unicorn Cinema for the cinema in the Abbey buildings and a new cinema from December 2018 in Guildhall
Unicorn Theatre



35 Ock Street Free Mike Brain art and typography



Bury Street is Abingdon's pedestrianised area with some of our largest shops. The street feels spacious and light, and a new larger New Look store has now opened right in the middle. It's also a great place to find cards, books, gifts, make-up, toiletries and perfume, jewellery, and health foods. To shop in Bury Street the closest parking is in the Charter multi-storey found by turning right off...
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Just a step through from the Bury Street main shopping area is the quieter Bath Street with unusual gifts, even steampunk. Many women and men buying for women head for their 'destination' shops and come to town for this street's specialities. Fashion enthusiasts, dressmaker or quilter after a special fabric head for Mason's.  Easily reached from the Charter car park..there's good coffee at...
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Stert Street is lined with quaint old buildings leading up to the church tower of St Nicolas on the Market Place. There's a quick route through from the Market Place at one end and just a few yards from the Charter Car Park at the other. Also handy if you have parked in any of the Abbey Close Car Parks. Some of our best independents are situated here including Mostly Books and Added Ingredients...
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  The St Helen's quarter forms the heritage heartland of the town, with views of St Helens spire as you walk down West St Helen Street and of the County Hall as you return via East St Helen Street. The medieval merchant houses on East St Helen Street form one of the loveliest streets in the country, especially seen from the County Hall roof. They are described in more detail in the history...
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This ancient street links the two old market areas of the town: the Market Place at the eastern end and The Square at the western end, now the home of the War Memorial. It's the place to come to browse local properties for sale or to get financial advice, but also has some lively pubs, including la specialist gin bar, locally-owned "The Grapes" with good sports coverage, and The Narrows, former...
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The central meeting place for most Abingdon folk, the Market Place is a lively place with markets and events frequently taking place but also a wonderful spot for an open-air coffee in the sunshine. There is a choice of the R&R, Costa, Java, Pablo Lounge and the cafe next to the County Hall aptly-named Throwing Buns. Some long established businesses fringe the edges of the space, including...
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Ock Street runs to the West of the High Street parallel with the River Ock. The name Ock is the middle english word for a salmon. The river with its Ock River Walk are still a haven for wildlife. Independent businesses along Ock Street include a computer training centre with internet access, an independent builders' merchant, food outlets such as a sandwich shop, six takeaway food places,...
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Fairacres is a retail and business park conveniently a mile West of the town centre and also close to the A34. Argos, B&Q,  Homebase, Vineys, AHF, Pets at Home, Topps Tiles and some new stores and food outlets are there. Beales now closed, other stores opening soon. Opposite is the Oxford Abingdon Hotel (formerly The Four Pillars) a large superstore, a wine shop. There is a walk from the town...
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If you are in a hurry and need to get some essentials sorted out, the Peachcroft Shopping Area is a real help. With ample free parking, and shops all close together, this is one of the most convenient hubs in the town. The Christian Centre coffee shop has a play area for kids if you need a short break, or on sunny days there is the park opposite. There's a post box, two cash machines, a duty...
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