In the town centre, you’ll find Waitrose, a bakery, a family butcher’s and a specialist tea and coffee shop with a tempting aroma. If you’re looking for a light lunch, there’s plenty of choice. For evenings out, you don’t have to think about driving – The Old Post Office, Pizza Express, Le Clos Wine Bar and Avanti are just a few of the popular restaurants in the heart of town. With several hair and beauty salons, opticians, Boots-The-Chemist and branches of Lloyds, Nationwide, and Barclays Banks on hand – and with a good local bus service, you won’t need to rely on a car.
The River Thames and the ruined castle provide a scenic backdrop to this market town and the Castle Gardens and Castle Meadows are pleasant places to stroll.
There are plenty of wonderful strolls along the River Thames and a great way to appreciate the area in summer is to cruise down the Thames from Wallingford to Reading. Walkers who reach the top of Wittenham Clumps near Dorchester will be rewarded with one of the best panoramic views over the county. Cyclists are able to the follow three scenic routes, ranging from 11 to 25 miles in length which start from Wallingford Town Hall.
For a day out, head to Basildon Park, a Grade I listed 18th century country house, set within landscaped parkland about nine miles from Wallingford. Near Henley-on-Thames, you’ll discover Grey’s Court, a Tudor House with a series of walled gardens and wonderful parkland.