Thame – a major Midsomer filming location
Thame is one of the most frequently used filming locations for the popular ITV series, Midsomer Murders. The town regularly features, either as Causton, or as any one of the many villages in the fictional Midsomer County. The series is still going strong after 20 years with regular screenings, not only in the UK, but all over the world. Many Thame landmarks have been featured in different episodes over this time, including Thame Town Hall, the Market House, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, the historic Swan Hotel, Black Horse, and Spread Eagle hotels, together with many other locations.
Fans of the detective series can pick up a free Midsomer Murders leaflet from the Town Hall Information Centre (when open) or Thame Museum (when open) and discover all of the deadly locations around the town. Lovers of DCI Barnaby can also have their photograph taken outside of Causton Town Hall. Pop in to the Town Hall Information Centre (when open) to pick up the ‘Causton’ sign to feature in your photo. Here you can also purchase a wide variety of Midsomer Murder themed books and gifts.
Please note that the Town Hall Information Centre is currently closed due to the Coronavirus restrictions. Keep checking this page or the Town Council home page for updates.
Please note that Thame Museum is also closed currently but is expected to re-open in September. Updated information will appear here and on Thame Museum’s website as soon as available.
Midsomer Walking Tours of Thame
To ensure that visitors to Thame (aka Causton) have as enjoyable an experience as possible, 21st Century Thame has organised regular Midsomer tours which are led by specially trained Midsomer tour guides. They take place weekly between April and October on Wednesdays at 11.00am. Each tour starts at Thame Museum, one of the filming locations (located at 79 High Street, Thame OX9 3AE) and takes in all the varied locations in the town centre. Please note that, in line with the Coronavirus regulations, a maximum of five persons can book for each guided Midsomer Walking Tour. See How to book a tour below for important booking information.
A recent tour participant commented:
My friend and I are on the train back to London so I thought I’d take the opportunity to drop you an email to let you know how much we loved the tour. It was really interesting how it mixes real history with facts about the show, and what a beautiful town! Alan was a wonderful guide – very warm and considerate, and of course brimming with knowledge. The photo opportunity outside Causton Town Hall at the end was a particularly lovely touch. I will definitely be recommending it to any Midsomer Murders fans I know.
How to book a tour
The tour lasts around an hour and a quarter and costs £7.50 per person. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions currently in place, you can only buy tickets online. Tickets may be purchased for any of the Wednesday tours until the 2020 season ends on Wednesday 28th October. Please note that online bookings must be made by 5.00 pm on the Tuesday before each Wednesday tour.
In accordance with Coronavirus regulations, a maximum of five participants can be booked onto a guided tour. We have therefore arranged for two tours to be available for booking each Wednesday, each enabling five people to take part, with a guide accompanying each of these tours. The tours will start at 11.00 am and 11.05 am. If you have any questions, please contact Tony Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07881 688895.
Midsomer Murder Walking Tours re-opened on Wednesday 19 August 2020 in line with the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.
Midsomer Walking Tour of Thame with Steam Train Ride and Cream Tea
Spend a unique Sunday afternoon taking a Midsomer Walking Tour (commencing at 2 pm in Thame) and combine it with Cream Tea in the afternoon tea car on the 4.30 pm steam departure from Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. All at our special joint ticket price of £25 per adult.
Please note that, due to the Coronavirus restrictions, the combined tour with Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is not being held at present. Please check this page or visit the Railway’s website for updates.
1. Midsomer Walking Tour of Thame
By arrangement, one-hour guided walking tour of Thame, if Wednesday is not convenient. Tickets are £7.50 per person, but please note minimum charge of £30 applies.
2. Midsomer Walking Tour of Thame combined with Driving Tour of Filming Locations in Midsomer Villages
By arrangement, one-hour guided walking tour of Thame, combined with a driving tour of filming locations in nearby Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire villages, including Long Crendon, Great Haseley, Shabbington, Brill and others. Lunch can be included. Rate depends on duration and coverage of tour.
To arrange either of these bespoke tours, please contact Tony Long at email@example.com or call 07881 688895.