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 Welcome to the vibrant and historic market town of Thame in the county of  Oxfordshire,  on the edge of the beautiful Chiltern Hills.

Neil Dudgeon, who plays Insp Barnaby in Midsomer Murders, with the 'Causton' locations map that includes Thame

Neil Dudgeon, who plays Insp Barnaby in Midsomer Murders

THAME – The fictional ‘Midsomer’ village of Causton where ‘Inspector Barnaby‘ has investigated some of his most celebrated murder cases in the internationally popular TV series, Midsomer Murders.

Easy to get to by road or rail, Thame is the quintessential English market town, with its many pubs that serve traditional beer and good English pub food, cafes, historic buildings, links to the English Civil War and querky, independent shops – including Thame’s very own Chocolaterie.

Discover where the great English Patriot, John Hampden, died of his wounds in Thame, after he was mortally wounded at the battle of Chalgrove in 1643, during the English Civil War. It was this war that established the constitutional precedent that the monarch cannot govern without Parliament’s consent.

Visit the ancient Inn, The Bird Cage, where enemy soldiers were kept imprisoned during the Napolionic wars, and see the iron ring where the ‘dancing bear’ was attached while his itinerant keeper slated his thirst with a pint of ale.

Visit the Midsomer location sites in Thame and the rest of  South Oxfordshire here: and discover a list of filming locations with pictures of the locations here:

Complete your visit with a ‘selfie’ in front of ‘Causton’ Town Hall – just ask the friendly staff inside the town hall for the Causton Town Hall sign for you to pose in front of . You’ll also find a huge selection of leaflets and guides for things to see and do in the Information Centre at the Town Hall, in the Thame Museum as well in several shops, hotels and business in the town.


Situated within a short drive or bus ride of the university city of Oxford, and with a direct railway line to London and Birmingham, Thame is the perfect place to live, to base your business or to visit at any time of the year.

With over 600 free car parking spaces, Thame is easily accessible and ideal for family- friendly shopping, days out with friends or business meetings.  You can sample the delicacies of our high quality butchers, bakers and delicatessens and regular Farmers markets, pick up a bargain at the bustling Tuesday market, or browse around some of our award winning specialist shops, all of which give our town its unique and special atmosphere.

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