Places to Visit

Midsomer Murders

Thame is one of the main filming locations for British detective drama Midsomer Murders. Many of the town’s buildings, shops and open spaces regular feature in the show including the Town Hall, Thame Museum and the Spread Eagle Hotel. Fans of the detective series can pick up a free Midsomer Murders leaflet from the Town Hall Information Centre and discover all of the deadly locations around the town. Guided tours in partnership with Thame Museum are also available. Lovers of DCI Barnaby can also have their photograph taken outside of Causton Town Hall. Pop in to the Town Hall Information Centre to find out more, where you can also purchase a wide variety of Midsomer Murder themed books and gifts.

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Phoenix Trail

The Phoenix Trail has something to suit everyone, whether it’s a quick, traffic-free cycle ride between Princes Risborough and Thame, a tranquil path to amble along with your dog on a summer’s evening, somewhere safe to teach your child to ride their first bicycle, or a connecting route for horses to get on and off the Ridgeway at Bledlow. Rich in wildlife, the trail is particularly renowned for red kites. The trail also features some great artworks, some of which reflect the route’s railway heritage, and magnificent views of the nearby Chiltern Hills. With it’s flat, even surface the Phoenix Trail is ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs.


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Players Theatre

Thame Players Theatre Company is a vibrant and successful theatre group with over 150 members, which was founded over 70 years ago. Thame Players own and run the only dedicated theatre in Thame which offers a wide range of quality entertainment, from serious theatre to comedy and pantomime. There is also a full line-up of in-house productions as well as visiting acts. In addition to live performances, the theatre also hosts regular film screenings organised by Thame Cinema for All.


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Thame Museum

Thame Museum houses a vast collection of artefacts and exhibits spanning centuries of the town’s history. Housed in the old Court House, the museums offers a wide variety of display panels, artefacts and oral histories each telling the story of this historic town and its people. Every object on display has a unique link to Thame’s past and illustrates life in the community from Neolithic times to present day. In addition to the permanent galleries, the museum has a rich programme of temporary exhibitions and informative talks. Facilities for local and family history are also available.


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  • Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm, and Sundays 12noon – 4pm
  • Free entry
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • 79 High Street, Thame, OX9 3AE
  • www.thamemuseum.org 

Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve

With several different habitats in one easy-to-stroll site, Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve is a unique piece of semi-wild countryside free from roads but just a short walk from Thame town centre. Meandering right through the reserve is a tributary of the River Thame called the ‘Cuttle Brook’, which springs to life in the Chilterns. The whole area now offers superb open river-meadow views and a network of paths through about thirty acres of meadow, woodland, sedge and reed beds, trees, river banks and scrubland.

Every visit to Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve is an adventure, each season offering its own mystery and variety – the first flowers of Spring, the meadows in a Summer haze, the colours of Autumn and the frosts of Winter.

With regular improvements to increase the richness of the wildlife habitats for the future, it’s a fascinating environment for learning, enjoyment and relaxing for everyone.


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  • Open all year
  • Free parking is available by the Scout Hut off Southern Road
  • www.cuttlebrook.org.uk
  • Accessible from Southern Road, Thame, OX9 2EE

Self-Guided Trails

There is an abundance of excellent walking, cycling and historical trails in and around Thame. You can pick up all the guides from the Town Hall Information Centre or you can download and print them using the links below:

Historic Trail 1    Historic Trail 2   Historic Trail 3

Eating & Drinking   Cycling Guide  Midsomer Murders Trail

Walking Guide   Commemorative Plaques

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is an award winning heritage railway with its main station at Chinnor on the border between Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. From the station you can board both steam and diesel locomotives and set off on a breath-taking journey through the Chilterns countryside. In addition to the regular Sunday services, the railway operates a number of special events throughout the year including Teddy Bear days, History & Natures rides and Murder Mystery evenings. 


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  • Services operate every Sunday
  • Adult £11, Senior £10, Child £6, Family £28
  • Station Road, Chinnor, OX39 4ER (Sat Nav: OX39 4BZ)
  • 01844 353535
  • www.chinnorrailway.co.uk 

Rycote Chapel

Rycote Chapel is an historic fifteenth-century Chapel with exquisitely carved and painted woodwork and many intriguing features, including two early seventeenth-century roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery. It was built in 1449 by Richard Quatremayne, close aide to Richard, Duke of York, and later, to Edward IV. It was to serve as a private chapel for Ryecote Palace, now sadly destroyed. This beautiful building is one of the finest medieval chapels in England, and has changed so little since the early 17th century that it is like a time capsule making it well-worth the short drive from Thame town centre.


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  • Open April to September 
  • Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm – 6pm
  • Adults £3.50, Concessions £2.50
  • Rycote Park, Milton Common, Thame, Oxon, OX9 2PE
  • www.rycote.bodleian.ox.ac.uk