- 3 bedroom, Terraced House
- Metcalfe Close, ABINGDON, Oxfordshire, OX14 5TH
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Are you thinking about buying or renting a property in Abingdon? A historical market town in the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames has plenty to offer its residents.
Thanks to good local, regional and national transport links, the area has become popular with both the young and old and those with families wanting to escape the city, while still remaining within commuting distance of centres such as Oxford and London.
Abingdon enjoys the strong community feel of a typical, successful market town with numerous attractions such as riverside gardens, parks and leisure facilities amidst desirable countryside. So, could Abingdon be the perfect place for you to set up home? Read on to find out.
As previously mentioned, Abingdon is well serviced by transport links. Although the town does not have a train station itself, there are a number of stations in the surrounding area, which are connected to Abingdon by regular bus services.
There are also regular buses in the area, with services from Abingdon to Radley, Kennington, Botley and Oxford.
As the home of Speckled Hen, Abingdon has a long brewing history and there are plenty of riverside pubs, where you can sit and watch the world go by. Popular venues include; The Spread Eagle, The Old Anchor Inn (set in a beautiful riverfront location) and the award-winning Brewery Tap, which specialises in real ales and craft ciders.
When it comes to restaurants, the residents of Abingdon are also well catered for, with a huge variety of cuisine on offer. In the town centre, there’s Limoncello, an Italian restaurant, Zabb Thai, a Thai restaurant, TiffinsTandoori, an Indian restaurant, The Olives, a Greek restaurant and Parasol, a Chinese restaurant.
Many residents will head into Oxford for a night out, where you’ll find plenty of bars and clubs, including many of the big chains.
Just outside of Abingdon is the Tilsley Park sport complex, which offers athletics, hockey and football facilities. There are also a few gyms in the area, including Fitness in Time, a ladies only gym, and The White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, which offers a gym, as well as a swimming pool, squash courts and badminton courts.
If the sun shines in Abingdon, there are plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy it in. The town’s location on the Thames means that there are a number of river-side walks in the area, such as the Abingdon to Oxford Thames path, the Lost Abbey Trail and the Waterways Walk.
Parks in the area include; Albert Park, Boxhill Park and Abbey Meadows, which has a nine hole pitch and putt course, crazy golf course and tennis courts.
There’s also plenty to do if the weather takes a turn for the worse. In Abingdon itself, there’s The Abingdon County Hall Museum, which is located in the town centre and is free to the general public, and the Abbey Buildings, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the business life of the monastery. You can also visit the 18th century Guildhall.
Alternatively, you can visit Oxford, one of the UK’s most historic cities, where you’ll find Christ Church College, The Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum. There’s also the beautiful Blenheim Palace in Woodstock.
There are a few locally owned retail shops in Abingdon, as well as a number of chains including Homebase, Boots, WH Smith, Fat Face and many more. However, residents will generally travel to Oxford, Didcot, Newbury or Bicester fashion Village for retail shopping, where there is greater choice. Oxford, in particular, is home to all of the big high street names, as well as a range of independent boutiques.
In terms of food shopping, Abingdon is well-equipped, with a Waitrose, a Tesco superstore, the Co-operative, Budgens and a retail park.
A number of the pubs in Abingdon, such as The Kings Head & Bell and The Old Anchor Inn, host regular quiz nights, whilst The Nag’s Head hosts live music, including jazz, rock and blues. There’s also a Cineworld cinema in Didcot.
For the kids, there’s the play area at Abbey Meadows and Rhymetime – a free, interactive session for under 5s and their families – at Abingdon Library.
There’s also a central library, which has free Wi Fi, a local studies centre and DVDs and CDs for rental.
There are a number of council owned car parks in Abingdon. With the exception of the Charter multi-storey car park, they’re all open 24 hours a day, with charges applying between 8am and 6pm.
Traffic in the centre of town can become a little congested, but generally isn’t too bad.
Residents of Abingdon have access to a number of primary and secondary schools. Primary schools include; Dunmore Primary School, which is rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED, Thomas Reade Primary School, rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED and Rush Common Primary School.
To find out more about buying or renting a property in Abingdon, call or visit the local Andrews branch.
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