Abington/Glenside

One of Montgomery County’s oldest communities, Abington is rich in history and classic local events, while its neighbor Glenside is teeming with unique attractions such as one of the region’s most “acoustically perfect” music venues, Keswick Theatre, and a national historic landmark, Grey Towers Castle.

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Insider Tips

These neighborhoods are easier to get to than you’d think.Both areas can be reached quickly by SEPTA Regional Rail. For the most part, parking is free.

There are also loads of parking lots in the area for your convenience. Abington and Glenside are part of a larger community called Abington Township.

Other areas in the township include Elkins Park and Willow Grove.

Some businesses are closed on Monday, so check before you go.

On a Budget

Glenside Pizza
274 North Keswick Avenue
yelp.com
215.886.9900
Craving tasty pizza before a show at the Keswick Theatre? This spot dishes out huge (and delicious) slices, plus hoagies.

 

Thai Thanee Restaurant $$
1533 Old York Road
215.885.4404
From traditional Pad Thai to its own Crying Tiger salad, this spot serves the best of Thai cuisine. For its prices, you’ll be surprised by its delicious authenticity.

 

Closet Exchange $
1901 Old York Road
yelp.com
215.657.1226
It costs a lot to wear designer clothing. Thanks to this shop, college students can afford to dress to impress.

 

Study Spots

The Village Diner $
299 Keswick Avenue
yelp.com
215.886.9656
This diner’s French toast will get those brain cells pumping in no time. The quiet ambiance makes it a great spot to study while chowing down.

 

Elcy’s Coffee House $$
1 Glenside Avenue
elcys.com
215.884.5600
Not in the mood to lug your books through town? This local favorite is right by the Glenside Train Station, so you can do homework on the go.

 

Penn State Abington
Duck Pond (free)
1600 Woodland Road
abington.psu.edu
215.881.7300
No matter where you attend college, you can bring your books to this gorgeous pond. It even freezes in the winter, adding to its aesthetic appeal.

 

Outside Itch

Glenside Farmers Market $$
435 West Glenside Avenue
theglensidefarmersmarket.com
215.565.6422
Go local at this seasonal outdoor farmers’ market, offering everything from fresh fruits and veggies to candles and pottery.

 

Keswick Cycle $$$
408 North Easton Road
keswickcycle.com
215.885.7433
It’s best to buy a bike from people who adore biking. So it’s no surprise Keswick Cycle has received Philadelphia magazine’s “Best of Philly” award for best bike shop. You can even test ride before buying.

 

Briar Bush Nature Center (free)
1212 Edge Hill Road
briarbush.org
215.887.6603
This beautiful trail features more 30 species, a bird observatory and a gorgeous pond, perfect for a long study break.

 

Arts & Culture

Keswick Theatre $$
291 North Keswick Avenue
keswicktheatre.com
215.572.7650
This 1,300-seat theater spotlights internationally acclaimed performers from a wide range of styles.

 

Abington Art Center
free (visit); $$$ (classes)
515 Meetinghouse Road
abingtonartcenter.org
215.887.4882
Artists and art-admirers alike should pay a visit to the 27-acre Abington Art Center. Visitors can take a mosaics class or simply walk through its sculpture park.

 

Steve Weiss Music, Inc. $$
2324 Wyandotte Road
steveweissmusic.com 215.659.0100
Moving to the beat of a different drum? This shop—selling sheet music, accessories and other drummer needs—is your new go-to.

 

Seriously

The Irish Shop $$
279 N. Keswick Avenue
theirishshopglenside.com
215.576.5770
Visit the land of green hills without leaving Glenside. This shop lines its shelves with Irish goodies of all sorts, from traditional foods to Irish cologne.

 

Hillside Cemetery (free)
2556 Susquehanna Road
A gold mine for history buffs, this small cemetery contains graves dating back to the 18th century, making it the oldest graveyard in the region. Be on the lookout for a few local sports figures.

 

Penny’s Flowers $$$
263 North Keswick Avenue
pennysflowers.com
215.884.9130
Send a magnificent bouquet of flowers right to your honey’s residence hall.

 

Don’t Miss

Queen Sushi $$
281 Keswick Avenue
queensushipa.com
215.887.0602

 

Sweet Magnolia $$
117 South Easton Road
yelp.com
215.576.5583

 

O’Neill’s Food Market $$
347 North Easton Road
yelp.com
215.572.0242