Wallingford Museum

Exterior of Wallingford Museum
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Wallingford Museum is a colourful and delightfully intimate local history museum, housed in a medieval oak-beamed hall-house opposite the Saxon banks in the Kinecroft and next to the Public Library. There is ample car-parking behind the nearby Waitrose.

Recently the Museum doubled in size - it now occupies both floors of Flint House. If you can, allow at least 1½ hours for your visit - but if you keep your ticket you can always come back again!

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Opening hours

Tues - Fri 14.00-17.00
Sat 10.30-17.00
Sun (June-August) & Bank Holiday Mons 14.00-17.00

Closed: December to February
also Mon except Bank Holidays
and Sun except June, July & August

Admission charges

Adults: £5.00 unlimited admission for whole season
Accompanied children: Free
(sorry - no unaccompanied children)
Friends: £15 per annum

** Admission includes free audio-tour **

Additional info

Group and educational visits are welcome out-of-hours by prior arrangement. Morning visits for schools are preferred to allow freedom to use the whole Museum.

Access to documentary resources can be arranged for bona fide students.

Includes items from archaeological excavations in and around the town and artefacts from the Romans to the 20th century. Strong local social history emphasis focuses on the growth and decline of the vast Medieval Castle, one of the largest in the country, the government of the town under its unique 1155 Charter, and the more everyday nature of life in a Thames-side market town in later centuries.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Personalities, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, Film and Media

Key artists and exhibits

  • Saxon
  • Norman
  • Medieval
  • Local history
  • William the Conqueror
  • GWR
  • Wilder
  • Wells
  • Agatha Christie
  • Midsomer Murders
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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A Night at Wallingford Museum - cartoons for children

  • 13 May 2016 6-9pm

Experience a special ‘Night at the Museum’ at Wallingford Museum anytime from 6pm – curfew (9pm) on Friday 13th May! Following the great successes of previous years events. This year's Night at the Museum will be a bookable 'Cartoon' event for children featuring Steve Head and his cartoon exhibition plus a chance for children to be creative and draw their own cartoons inspired by Museum items, with help from local artists who will be on hand. Kindly sponsored by NADFAS. Limited numbers of children. Possibly small fee for materials. ..... Further details to follow......

And even if this isn’t your thing..... it’s a great opportunity to see the museum in an evening, instead of our normal opening daytime opening hours! There’s plenty to see – not only can you read original letters from Agatha Christie, you can find out more about her life in Wallingford during the 42 years she lived at Winterbrook House. You can also discover the fascinating story of Wallingford’s history.
All this for the price of the entry ticket – just £5 for an adult, and free for children – but if you’ve already visited this season, of course you can use your ticket again, and again and again….

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Adults £5
Children free

This also entitles visitors to admission to the Museum until 30th November 2016.

Phone 01491 651127 for further details.



A dig at the Museum

Family Archaeology Day @ Wallingford Museum

  • 23 July 2016 11am-4pm

An actual archaeological excavation will be taking place in the Museum courtyard and you’ll be able learn all about how archaeology is done from the experts. You’ll also be able to take part in some ‘hands-on’ work - pot-washing, sieving, and much more. Then you can find out how to begin to identify the sort of pottery that helps to date the finds from archaeology and even try making your own pots for fun! Also explore the delights of the Museum - find the Roman skeleton, the woolly mammoth bones, spearheads, stones from the lost Priory; handle the cannon ball and search the ‘smelly-feely’ drawers. Have a good look at this year’s special museum exhibitions including '1066 - William comes to Wallingford', and '300 years of Cartoons', plus the expanding exhibition 'At home with the Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie’, and the Midsomer Murders display (Wallingford is Causton in the television series!).

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Entry is by Museum ticket at the door - £5 per adult (which gives unlimited entry until 30 November) but accompanied children are FREE.



Wallingford Museum
Flint House
52 High Street
OX10 0DB

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General enquiries


Party bookings


Company Secretary



01491 835065

Party bookings (schools & adults)

01491 651127

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.