A Day Out

If you are planning a day out we recommend combining a visit to us with other activities.

For those with an interest in railways:

Didcot Railway Centre is three miles from the museum. It is open every day of the week, with steaming on Wednesdays and weekends, the collection of partially and fully restored steam trains is one of the finest in the world. We suggest a morning at Didcot and then visit Pendon in the afternoon.

Steam Museum Of The Great Western Railways at Swindon tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway – \‘God’s Wonderful Railway\’ – a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world.

Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway operates a 3.5 mile section of the old Great Western Branch line that ran between Princes Risborough and Watlington.

Of more general interest we suggest:

Harcourt Arboretum has been part of the University of Oxford since 1963. The site comprises 130 acres containing the best collection of trees in Oxfordshire with some of the oldest redwoods in the UK. Seasonal highlights include wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods. It is open through the year.

Earth Trust manages an estate of 300 hectares, including Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, a conservation farm and a new woodland dedicated to forestry research.

Wallingford Museum is is a colourful, delightfully intimate and family friendly local history museum, housed on two floors of this medieval oak-beamed building in the heart of Wallingford in Oxfordshire, a Thames-side town founded in the ninth century by Alfred the Great.

Places to eat close to Long Wittenham

The Plough in Long Wittenham is the closest pub to Pendon and offers excellent meals in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Tell them that you are coming to Pendon and you\‘ll be welcome to leave your car there while you explore the museum.

The Vine and Spice is a well-regarded restaurant serving food from the Indian sub-continent in a 500 year old building. Its less than a 5 minute walk to the Museum.

The Barley Mow offers excellent food and is located at Clifton Hampden Road about 1.5 miles from Pendon.