Though many of English Heritage’s Free to Enter sites remain open to visitors, unfortunately it has been necessary – as a result of advice relating to coronavirus - to close Abingdon County Hall Museum for operational reasons, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
The County Hall has dominated the market place of Abingdon, south of Oxford, since the late 17th century. Designed by a protégé of Sir Christopher Wren, this splendid Baroque building was erected between 1678 and 1682. It housed a courtroom on the first floor, raised on arches above a market space. It is now home to the Abingdon County Hall Museum, and there are fine views from the rooftop overlooking the market square.
Read more about the history of Abingdon County Hall.
Before You Go
Access: There are over 120 steps in the building, the majority of which have a shallow tread. A small lift from street level can take visitors down to the cellar area, but there is no lift access to the gallery or rooftop.
Opening Times: The museum is open 10am-4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, throughout the year. The site is also open on Bank Holidays, except over Christmas and New Year.
Roof Access: The rooftop is open at the weekend between Easter and October, and daily in the summer. This is weather permitting and charges apply - see details.
Facilities: The museum has toilets, a café, baby changing facilities and a shop. The cafe is open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 2pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only.
Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.
Other Information: Prams and pushchairs can be left in the foyer or taken into the café.