Abingdon County Hall Museum

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The Market Place
OX14 3HG

One of Abingdon’s oldest and most beautiful buildings, the County Hall was built between 1678 and 1682 by Christopher Kempster, a protégé of Sir Christopher Wren. It was built to house the Berkshire Assize Courts, which for 200 years bore witness to some of the county’s most important criminal trials. The County Hall, now a lively and modern Museum, houses three floors of exhibitions with a diverse collection of local social history and archaeology, ranging from evidence of pre-Roman settlement to an in-situ MGB Roadster, one of the last to be produced in the Abingdon factory. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the historic town and the surrounding countryside from the rooftop of the Museum, while the newly restored Mouse Hole cellar café provides delicious lunches and drinks, with special Rooftop Teas during the summer period. With changing topical exhibitions and special events all year round, the Museum is a must see for anyone visiting South Oxfordshire.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday: Closed Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00-16.00 Open Bank Holidays Closed 24th December - 2nd January Inclusive


Free Admission

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Children's play area
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Refreshments
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Conference facilities available
  • Meeting room available
  • Studio/working space available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Bicycle park
  • Cafeteria
  • Cinema/film screening facilities
  • Late night openings
  • Members/Friends facilities offered
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups

Facilities information:

Wheelchair access to basement, cafe and Crossly Engine. We regret that at present there is no wheelchair access to main gallery and attic. Baby changing facilities, public unisex toilets and disabled toilet are available in the museum basement.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • General guide to collections available
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Commercial filming service
  • Handling sessions
  • Touch exhibits
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Braille information and/or interpretation
  • Guided tours
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Loan service
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Early years education service available
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Primary school education service available
  • Roleplay/costumed interpreters available
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Special educational needs education services available

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