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‘Watlington, the smallest town in England’

Watlington is reputed to be England’s smallest town and, with origins dating back to the 6th century, it is certainly one of the country’s most historic.

Surrounded by charming villages and nestling in the Chiltern Hills, one of South East England’s finest landscapes, Chilton has everything for the outdoor enthusiast. The Icknield Way, otherwise known as the Ridgeway National Trail and Britain’s oldest road, Shakespeare’s Way and the Oxfordshire Way all run close to Watlington and make for an excellent day’s walking as you explore the superb countryside.

Other attractions include historic houses, including Nuffield Place and Stonor Park, one of England’s oldest manor houses, the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railyway, ancient churches that date back to the 12th century, nature reserves and the Chilton Sculpture Trail where artists work on exhibits during the year.

Whatever you choose to explore, Watlington offers a traditional market town welcome with country pubs, comfortable accommodation and memories to last a lifetime.



Discover more about Watlington

There are many useful sources of further information about Watlington, its main attractions and calendar of events and activities. Click on the links below to discover more about Watlington in Oxfordshire.

Watlington website »

Visit South Oxfordshire website »


How did Hidden Britain help Watlington?

We worked with the people who want to share what they love about Watlington and helped them develop an effective business and marketing strategy that would attract visitors to their village and share the experiences they enjoy here with others.

Read our Watlington case study »

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