Over the past few years, The George at Dorchester on Thames has been featured in a number of episodes of the popular detective series Midsummer Murders. It is an ideal centre to explore some of England’s finest countryside, the Thames walk; pretty villages, stately homes and the oldest seat of learning are all within a short distance. Dorchester is well served by public transport, with the main bus station in the centre of the town, while the nearest train station is Culham which is 2 miles away.
Exit A34 on to A415 signposted Abingdon. Follow until Berinsfield and turn right towards Dorchesterjust before the A4074
Oxford – 9 miles
Oxford, is famous the world over for its University and its place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th Century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty to do. Whether it is visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or shopping till you drop,Oxford has something for everyone.
Didcot Railway – 9 miles
A unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics; and a recreation of Brunels broad gauge railway all in a rural setting based around the original 1930s engine shed.
Henley on Thames – 15 miles
This is a town with an international reputation for the world’s greatest rowing regatta. A 12th century South Oxfordshire market town, Henley sits on the river Thames. The main street has many Georgian frontages and within the towns designated are ‘of special architectural or historical interest’ are St Mary’s church, the town hall, market square and Henley Bridge. Bring a picnic, pick up a copy of Wind in the Willows and settle for an hour by the waterfront and watch others messing about on the river, or hire a boat and join in the fun.