TV and film locations: Midsomer Murders

Date Posted: 05/04/2017

There are lots of TV locations that can help you create a fun group trip… this time we look at the hit show, Midsomer Murders.

Despite making its debut in 1997, Midsomer Murders is a television programme that endures, with legions of fans tuning it to find out ‘whodunit’. 

Of course, the past 20 years has meant a long list of filming locations, including quaint villages, undulating countryside and impressive houses. If you know fans of the show, perhaps think about organising a group trip… how about these for starters? 

Wallingford is a market town located in Oxfordshire with a rich history and links back to the Anglo Saxons. For Midsomer fans, Wallingford may be more recognisable as Causton, home to the show’s main character, Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. In fact many of the series’ extras are said to be from the town.

TV aside, there is plenty for groups to do on a day visit. Wallingford Castle, although in ruin now, makes for a nice walk and an enjoyable exploration for anyone who loves a bit of history. There is a museum to peruse in the town too, as well as plenty of pubs for lunch.

Groups can also enjoy special Midsomer Murders tours; both walking trails and driving tours are available.

Mapledurham Estate is a manor house in south Oxfordshire with plenty of history behind it. Group tours can be arranged for bespoke midweek visits and the estate is also open to the public on Easter Sunday and every Sunday through to October.

A location used for Midsomer Murders it’s not short of drama itself with a few of its previous owners having met their own murderous fates.

Various events are held at Mapledurham Estate throughout the year so keep an eye on the website for dates. 

Pictured: A location in Dorchester used for Misdomer Murders. Photo credit: Visit England and Visit Oxfordshire.

Dorchester on Thames is the main location in which the television programme is set. For groups visiting here, there is a downloadable Midsomer Murders guide available via the website, which points out all the iconic locations seen in the drama series.

You might also like to pay a visit to Dorchester Abbey which is thought to be one of the finest monastic buildings in Oxfordshire with a history leading back to 635 AD.

Other locations worth a visit are the Dorchester Museum and Hurst Water Meadows.

The Stonor estate has been home to the Stonor family for more than 850 years and today visitors can see a picturesque manor house and explore acres of parkland. The house and gardens have different opening days and periods so do check the website for more information.

The estate can be seen in various episodes of Midsomer Murders and it can be fun remembering them as you take in your surroundings. 

Events are also held at Stonor throughout the year, including: the Gifford’s Circus between 13th and 17th July; the Luna Outdoor Cinema on 21st and 22nd July; and the Henley Handmade Fair between 25th and 28th August.

Warborough is home to several Midsomer Murders locations, but the most recognisable is The Six Bells pub which has featured on more than one occasion and is where DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Troy enjoy a pint whilst they discuss a case.

If you and your group enjoy walking, Warborough offers several local trails which all start at The Six Bells pub, meaning you can enjoy a bite to eat, take in the Midsomer vibe before heading off to explore the village and local countryside.

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