Buckinghamshire Attractions

Buckinghamshire offers visitors a choice of local attractions in the county, visitors can see a range of interesting and charming places to discover. The county includes a number of historic houses and buildings, gardens and parks, galleries, theatre, concerts and events. Buckinghamshire’s location in the south of England close to London means the English countryside and the great outdoors are all within reach located close to local towns and villages with a range of things to see and do in the county.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Buckinghamshire, these include:

The 15th century Buckingham Chantry Chapel is located in the town of Buckingham under the guardianship of the National Trust. The chapel was restored back in the 19th century by the well known architect George Gilbert Scott. The chapel is one of the oldest buildings in Buckingham, famous for its Norman doorway. The architecture of the building is relatively restrained and was once used by the Royal Latin School. Currently visitors can find a second hand bookshop along with displays of local art. There is a coffee shop where visitors can relax and take in the historic surroundings.

The Chilterns AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) offers visitors with some wonderful natural scenery, open spaces showcasing the English countryside at its finest. There are plenty of footpaths and bridleways for visitors to explore the area by foot and bicycle with plenty of walking and cycling routes to try. The Chilterns cycleway is a 170 mile sign posted cycle route that goes round the Chilterns offering visitors a great way to explore the area and see the villages and market town and host of local attractions along the way.

Attractions include a number of historic houses and gardens including West Wycombe Park, Hughenden Manor, Princes Risborough Manor House and the King’s Head Coaching Inn. There are also a number of galleries, museums, railways, nature reserves, vineyards and much more to explore.

The Bekonscot Model Village is a miniature village established back in 1929 and shows rural England of a bygone era in the 1930s. Located in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, there are six little villages on the landscape that include fields, farms, churches, castles and woods among others. You can see the population of the village enjoying a cricket match and at the zoo and the fair as you stroll around the village. There are cottages and train details to see too, this village provides a fascinating reminder of yesteryear in this part of the world. There is a sit-on railway at weekends and school holidays.

The Roald Dahl Museum is located in the centre of Aylesbury. In the gallery characters from Roald Dahl's children's stories can be seen, kids can go inside James' giant peach, see the odd inventions with Willie Wonka, or take part in hands on experiments. There are optical toys, magic mirrors, an upside down room and more besides. The Boy Gallery looks at the childhood of the famous author whilst the Solo Gallery includes the writing hut that includes the original furnishing and contents. There is much to see and do here and is sure to entertain the whole family.

Claydon House is a Georgian home located in the village of Middle Claydon, 5 miles from Buckingham. Calydon House is famous for its celebrated association with Florence Nightingale and the interior carved decoration. The house is built in a rather classical style but it is inside where the house really shines. The rococo decoration is among the most striking you will see anywhere; there are a number of rooms in both Chinese and Gothic styles and some extremely ornate carvings. Situated in peaceful parkland, Florence Nightingale was a frequent visitor to Claydon, and her bedroom contains many of her personal mementoes, including letters and clothing.

Waddesdon Manor is located in the village of Waddesdon, a few miles from Aylesbury. The house was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in order to display the great collection of art treasures he had. The manor is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Aylesbury Vale, it is the last remaining complete example of 'le goût Rothschild'. The House contains the high quality French furniture, textiles and decorative arts from the 18th century with some great English portraits and Dutch paintings.

Waddesdon Manor is also known for having some of the best Victorian gardens in the UK. The garden contains the Aviary, containing species that were at one point part of Baron Ferdinand's collection and other birds besides. The Wine Cellars contain thousands of bottles of Rothschild wine going back to the 19th century.

Stowe Landscaped Gardens are located close to Buckingham and are managed by the National Trust. The gardens at Stowe were among the first of a new style of landscaped parkland that evolved into what is commonly known as the English landscape garden. The gardens at Stowe began back in the early 18th century, the famous gardens have had much time and effort spent on them over the years and the great sight they are today is a testament to this and the on going maintenance. There are peaceful woodland walks opening out to planned vistas with monuments as a focal point. Stowe Gardens rank highly in its contribution to England's great gardens and their influence has stretched to a number of other gardens over the centuries.

The Milton Keynes Theatre is the place to go for theatre fans. Along with the renaissance in the arts and culture in many UK cities and towns, the theatre has helped establish Milton Keynes in the UK arts and culture field. The theatre has proved to be a big hit with theatre goers and with the latest equipment available; visitors can find a range of productions ranging from large-scale West End musicals to smaller, intimate drama. The auditorium ceiling has can accommodate varying shows and can be raised or lowered depending on the scale of the production.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Buckinghamshire; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Buckinghamshire is a county that offers visitors with a mix of towns and historic market villages including a number of picturesque locations in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The towns of Milton Keynes and Aylesbury offer an ideal place from which to explore the county, local attractions and charming market towns and villages ensuring visitors can enjoy both the urban and rural when visiting the county.

The county includes a number of well known attractions including Claydon House and the Chilterns and family attractions such as Roald Dahl Museum. Buckinghamshire’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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