Buckinghamshire Travel Guide

Ivinghoe Beacon Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire - © Pointillist

Introduction & Overview

The Buckinghamshire Travel Guide takes a look at a range of visitor attractions, places of interest and offers useful tourist information for travellers. The area guide includes travel information on local transport and travel, events, facts & figures, entertainment, maps and accommodation.

The county has a mix of urban and rural including the famous English countryside. The unfortunate tag of commuter county has been put on the county as is the case with the other Home Counties.

The unfortunate tag should not detract from paying the county a visit, there is a nice mix of scenic countryside and a choice of attractions, Buckinghamshire is well known for its historic attractions.

The county has well town towns such as Buckingham, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes. Around Aylesbury are several of Buckinghamshire's most popular visitor attractions. The Chiltern Hills in southern Buckinghamshire provide a countryside retreat for those wishing to get away from it all.

Most of the Chilterns are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a visit to this attractive area will confirm why the area has been given the title. The area is very popular among walkers, the terrain and environment is conducive for walking. Visitors can explore and drop in to a village pub for a spot of refreshment and a hearty lunch.

The charming town of Amersham has an attractive high street benefiting from Georgian and half-timbered buildings. Along the Thames there are many villages that have thankfully maintained their charm and character, it makes for a great place to visit especially if you are from more urban areas.

The town of Buckingham located in the north of Buckinghamshire, it was once the county town of the county until it was superseded by Aylesbury. The charming market town is located 17 miles north of Aylesbury, through history the town has been ruled by Saxons, Danes and Normans and was once a centre for the wool industry.

The town centre includes a number of traditional pubs and restaurants and includes the historic market place where 18th century architecture is in evidence. There are regular market days held on both Tuesdays and Saturdays. Visitors can find a range of shops in the town from well known names to smaller independent shops.

West Wycombe is a village located 15 miles south of Aylesbury and a few miles from High Wycombe next to the A40. There are some fine examples of historic buildings, with many dating back to the 16th to 18th centuries. Shops on the high street give leaflets showing an architectural walking trail about the village.

West Wycombe Hill contains a 13th century church, the interior emulates an Egyptian temple with Corinthian columns and marble floors. Close by are the West Wycombe Caves, in the 1750s the caves were excavated from an old quarry.

Milton Keynes located approximately half way between London and Birmingham, 20 miles north of Aylesbury in Bucks. Milton Keynes is a new town where building started in the late sixties, today it is a thriving town that has big expansion plans on the horizon.

Milton Kynes benefits from being a well-designed new town and has parkland, tree lined streets and ever growing leisure and shopping facilities.

Bletchley Park is known as a centre for code breaking during the second world war. Several thousands of people worked here and it is thought their efforts helped end the war perhaps two years earlier than was anticipated. Sometimes talked of in unflattering terms, the town is growing and flourishing and is worth a visit.

Local attractions include the National Bowl, an open air entertainment venue that hosts a number of music events. The Milton Keynes Theatre hosts a number of dramas, operas, ballets, shows and musicals. Milton Keynes Museum looks at the social, industrial and archaeological history of the town and local area.

Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire and has continued to grow both in importance and size. Aylesbury became a major market town during Anglo-Saxon times and played a leading role in the English civil war.

The town became an established trade route, over the years the town has been home to the flour, needle and lace industries.

There are tourist attractions close by in the form of Claydon House, Waddesdon Manor and Stowe Landscape Garden. In the centre of the there is St. Mary's Church that is surrounded by a conservation area.

The King’s Head is a historic 15th century coaching inn, known for being among the best preserved in England. Visitors can enjoy food and drink at the inn.

Also located in the town centre are the Buckinghamshire County Museum and Art Gallery and the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery that share a site together. The museum's exhibitions concentrate on the history and culture of the Buckinghamshire region. The Roald Dahl Gallery is a joy for any of his many fans children and adults like that like his work.

High Wycombe also known as Wycombe is located 15 miles south of Aylesbury. The town was once famous for furniture making, paper industry and lace and linen cloth. The town is undergoing a number of regeneration and redevelopment projects including in the town centre.

Local attractions include Wycombe Museum showcasing the social and industrial history of the area. Hughenden Manor is a historic house with gardens famous for its association with former British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli.

Local shopping facilities include the Eden Shopping Centre, with over 100 shops to choose from. The Wycombe Swan hosts a number of theatrical productions including shows, comedy, pantomime, dance and drama.

Buckinghamshire is a county that has far more than just being a commuter country. It is a county with some great historical attractions for visitors to see and enjoy, there are towns such as Milton Keynes and Aylesbury that are thriving and these urban spaces are contrasted to the open countryside that is only a short distance away in this region.

The character filled countryside here is a definite highlight and offers a great retreat to enjoy.

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