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Discover Benson, Oxon: A Guide to Sightseeing and Dining at the Waterfront Café

Nestled by the tranquil waters of the Thames in Oxfordshire, Benson is a picturesque village rich in history and natural beauty.


Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or simply in search of a peaceful retreat, Benson has something to offer.


Here's a curated list of must-see attractions and activities in Benson,  where you can start or end your day, or even both in a dining experience at the Waterfront Café, a charming spot by the waterfront that promises to enrich your visit.

Stroll Along the Thames Path
Begin your adventure with a stroll along the Thames Path. This national trail offers stunning views of the river and leads you through some of the most scenic landscapes in the area. It's the perfect way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Benson and the surrounding countryside.

Explore the Historic RAF Benson
Dive into the rich history of RAF Benson by exploring this active Royal Air Force station. While direct public access may be limited, the base's significance during World War II and its ongoing role in national defense add a fascinating historical layer to your visit to Benson.

Visit St. Helen's Church
Step back in time at St. Helen's Church, a historical gem dating back centuries. The church's architecture and serene churchyard offer a peaceful retreat and a glimpse into Benson's medieval past.

Discover Local Wildlife at the Benson Nature Group

For those interested in wildlife and conservation, the Benson Nature Group provides insights into the local ecosystem. Learn about the variety of species that call this area home and the group's efforts to preserve Benson's natural heritage.

Relax at the Benson Lock and Weir
Take a moment to unwind by the Benson Lock and Weir, a key feature of the Thames and a lovely spot for picnics, photography, or simply watching the boats pass by. The lock is a testament to the historical importance of river navigation in the region.

Uncover Benson's Civil War History
Benson's strategic location meant it played a role in the English Civil War. While here, delve into the village's history during this tumultuous period and imagine the dramatic events that once unfolded in these peaceful surroundings.

Indulge in Local Cuisine at the Waterfront Café
After exploring Benson's sights, there's no better way to conclude your visit than with a meal at the Waterfront Café. Boasting a prime location by the waterfront, our cafe offers a selection of delicious, locally sourced dishes. Whether you're in the mood for a hearty breakfast, a leisurely lunch, or a relaxing dinner with views of the Thames, the Waterfront Café provides a warm welcome and a memorable dining experience.

The Waterfront Café Experience
At the Waterfront Café, we're more than just a dining destination; we're a place where memories are made. Our menu celebrates the best of British cuisine, with a focus on freshness and quality. From our famous full English breakfast to our seasonal specials, every dish is prepared with care and served with pride. And with our idyllic setting by the river, you're guaranteed a dining experience that's as scenic as it is satisfying.

Join Our Events and Community Activities
Stay tuned for our calendar of events, ranging from live music nights to local produce markets. The Waterfront Café isn't just a restaurant; it's a community hub where locals and visitors alike can come together to enjoy the best of Benson.

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Plan your visit to Benson and make the Waterfront Café a highlight of your journey. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or culinary delights, Benson and the Waterfront Café offers an experience that's rich in history, beauty, and flavour.

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