Visit Midsomer Market Towns
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Thame shopsThe most filmed location of Causton is a thriving market town with independent shops, traditional butchers and quirky cafes. Stay central at The Spreadeagle so you can park up and leave the car for a couple of days. There's a weekly fresh produce market (Tuesdays), small theatre, pubs with great character and good choice of restaurants. The Town Hall doubled as Causton Arts Centre and Causton Town Hall.

Guided and self-guided walks available at Thame museum. Or opt to follow the Phoenix Trail – flat cycling or walking along a disused railway track packed with artworks.

Access via: M40 junction 7&8

Thame at a glance

Filmed Locations Episodes filmed in Thame Local Attractions Places to Eat Places to Stay
The Cornmarket Shot at Dawn Thame Museum The Spreadeagle The Spreadeagle
The Town Hall Midsomer Life Town Tours James Figg The Oxfordshire
The Spreadeagle Picture of innocence Waterperry Gardens The Thatch The Oxford Belfry
Market Square Maid in Splendour Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Rumseys Other options
Rumseys Choclatier Things that go bump on the night Golf Course Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway  
  Dead in the water Phoenix Trail Waterperry Gardens  
  The house in the woods      
  Vixen's Run      
  Blood Wedding      
  Days of misrule      


Wallingford MuseumThe original location of Causton, Wallingford is a traditional market town that palyed a big role in English history and retains ancient castle ruins. The town centre, particularly around Market Place, offers independent shops, restaurants and cafes. The Corn Exchange small theatre/cinema was Causton Playhouse four times. The choir at the church is Midsomer Worthy choir.

There are a range of self-guided walks available from the information centre (including Midsomer Murders walks), plus the opportunity to walk part of The Thames Path. No market town is complete with a market or two - Wallingford's Charter market takes place on Fridays and a local producers market is held on Saturdays.

Access via: A4074 8 miles from Reading or Oxford

Wallingford at a glance

Filmed Locations Episodes filmed in Wallingford Local Attractions Places to Eat Places to Stay
The Corn Exchange Death of a hollow man Wallingford Museum The Old Post Office The George Hotel
Town Hall Strangler's wood Self guided walks The George Hotel The Springs Hotel
Market Place Death's shadow Wallingford & Cholsey Railway The Springs Hotel The Shillingford Bridge Hotel
River Thames Death of a stranger Dorchester Abbey The Shillingford Bridge Hotel The Six Bells (nearby)
Wallingford Bridge Death in chorus   The Six Bells (Warborough) Other options
  The black book      
  Dead man's 11      
  Death's shadow      
  Blue herrings      


Henley RiversideFeatured once as Causton, Henley is a Riverside town with a Georgian facade of special architectural and historic interest. The town offers specialist shopping for art and antiques plus boutiques and curiosities. There's a thriving Café culture, (or the more english version, afternoon tea, if you prefer), pubs, restaurants and a microbrewery, alongside town centre hotels and B&Bs. Other amenities include a Theatre, cinema, boat trips along the Thames, self-guided walking trails and the national River & Rowing Museum.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside for walks along The Thames Path, the Chiltern Way or Sustrans cycle routes, there's even an electric bicycle network or an Environment Trail for kids or fun-loving adults. Find out more at the information centre based in the Town Hall.

Access via: M4 junction 8/9

Henley-on-Thames at a glance

Filmed Locations Episodes filmed in Henley Local Attractions Places to Eat Places to Stay
Henley Bridge Dead in the Water Greys Court

Hotel du Vin

Hotel du Vin
Hart Street Down amongst the Dead Men River & Rowing Museum Leander Club Leander Club
Town Hall Last Year’s Model Stonor Hobbs Boats Other options
The Argyll Pub The Magician’s Nephew Nuffield Place The Little Angel  
Market Square The Black Book Hobbs Boats The Three Tuns  
Gabriel Machin Butchers Shop Orchis Fatalis   The Crown Inn  
Tudor House Antiques Shop Sacred Trust   River & Rowing Museum  
  Dark Secrets   Nuffield Place  
      Greys Court  


St Leonards Church lych gate, WattlingtonReputedly England’s smallest town offers, as well as interesting architecture and history, a curious white mark carved into the nearby hill. Legend has it the 270ft triangular mark was designed by local squire Edward Horne in 1764 because he felt the church required a spire. Watlington is the heartland of the re-introduced red kites and is a wonderful vantage point to see these large and distinctive birds of prey in flight.

The library featured as Midsomer Library.

Access via: M40 junction 6

Watlington at a glance

Filmed locations Episodes filmed in Watlington Local Attractions Places to Eat Places to Stay
High Street Ring out your dead Museum Newington Nurseries (nearby) The Lambert Arms
St Leonard's Church Midsomer Rhapsody Watlington Hill Crazy Bear (nearby) Other options
Town Hall Judgement Day   The Lord Nelson (nearby)  
Library A tale of two hamlets      
  Orchis Fatalis      
The lych gate and St Leonard's church in Watlington © Copyright Steve Daniels and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

At a glance guides provide information specific to each market town. To search a bigger range of places to stay the 'other options'  link takes you to the local Southern Oxfordshire website which lists accommodation available in the wider area.

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