At the heart of Buckinghamshire is the beautiful Chilterns countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with ancient woodlands and popular attractions including the Chiltern Open Air Museum near Amersham and the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre in Great Missenden. A great mix of holiday experiences are in Buckinghamshire which contains stunning Thames riverside location Marlow where visitors can take boat trips to Henley along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames here. Visit spectacular Grand Tour inspired West Wycombe Park or take a tour of pioneering Bekonscot Model Village & Railway in Beaconsfield which spearheaded a host of model villages around Britain.
Dynamic new city Milton Keynes is one of Europe's fastest growing cities offering a superb choice of cutting edge sports and leisure centres. Purpose built conference centres and modern conference hotels in Milton Keynes are popular for business events situated just 30 minutes by train from London.
Amersham is ideally situated in the heart of the Chilterns countryside just a 20 minute drive from the M25 and with direct train and underground links to central London. Famously associated with the 16th century religious group the Lollards and the Amersham Martyrs, this and other historic themes in the area are explored in-depth in the award winning Amersham Museum.
Surrounded by stunning Chilterns ancient woodland, attractions in Amersham and nearby towns include poet John Milton's cottage in Chalfont St Giles and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden. Essential visiting in the Amersham area is the Chiltern Open Air Museum with on-site Victorian Farm. Accommodation in Amersham and the surrounding Chilterns includes historic country inn B&Bs, luxury country house hotels and high quality B&B guest houses and holiday cottages.
Historic market town Aylesbury, with a market and market place dating back to the 13th century, is Buckinghamshire's main county town ideally situated on the northern edge of the Chilterns AONB. The Vale of Aylesbury spread across north Buckinghamshire is a rich agricultural area, most famous in the past for the Aylesbury duck and containing bustling market towns, pretty villages and premier country inns.
Buckinghamshire family and heritage attractions feature in the Aylesbury area including the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre with miniature railway, the acclaimed Buckinghamshire County Museum with children's favourite the Roald Dahl Gallery and stunning Waddesdon Manor, historic home of the Rothschild banking family. Aylesbury also hosts the annual Roald Dahl Festival in July and the Bucks County Show features annually in August and the Weedon Park Showground near Aylesbury.
Aylesbury accommodation includes charming historic coaching inn B&Bs, luxury spa country hotels and friendly farmhouse B&Bs within easy reach of the Ridgeway National Trail and beautiful woodland in the area such as Wendover Woods. Both Aylesbury and Wendover boast fast rail links to London Marylebone.
Beaconsfield on the edge of the Chilterns countryside is surrounded by stunning woodland and in the town centre is award winning family attraction Bekonscot Model Village and Railway. Further top family attractions near Beaconsfield include Odds Farm Park and the Chiltern Open Air Museum. Visitors based in Beaconsfield hotels and B&Bs have easy access to the M40 for day trips to Oxford, a range of attractions in the Chilterns and fast train links to Wembley Stadium and London Marylebone via Beaconsfield station.
Historic Georgian market town Buckingham has a beautiful town centre with pretty parks, tree-lined streets, weekly markets and fine craft and antique shops. Historic attraction in the town centre is the Georgian Old Gaol Museum and just 3 miles north west of Buckingham is spectacular Georgian garden gem Stowe Landscape Gardens (NT), with temples, lakes, monuments and house linked to some of Britain's greatest gardeners and architects including Vanbrugh, Robert Adam and 'Capability' Brown.
Buckingham accommodation includes historic coaching inn B&Bs, fine modern leisure hotels and high quality B&B guest houses. Buckingham town centre is well served with numerous traditional real ale pubs plus chic cafes and restaurants. Close to both the M40 and M1 motorways, Buckingham hotels afford easy access to nearby Silverstone Racecourse, Oxford and Milton Keynes. An extensive local bus service links Buckingham to Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Oxford.
High Wycombe is centrally situated in The Chilterns and is Buckinghamshire's largest town containing beautiful Georgian architecture and a magnificent town centre park designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown with additions by Humphry Repton. Further landscaped treasures can be found around High Wycombe at the National Trust's Hughenden Manor and West Wycombe Park. West Wycombe village with 16th century inns and West Wycombe Park with the Hell-Fire Caves offering ghost tours are not to be missed in the area.
Accommodation in High Wycombe and surrounding Chilterns villages includes luxury B&B inns, country house conference and wedding hotels and beautiful self catering cottages and barns. The M40 and day trips to Oxford from High Wycombe are within easy reach and High Wycombe station offers fast train links to central London.
The River Thames at Marlow is one of the most spectacular lining the Upper Thames. Higginson Park alongside the Thames is where to board Marlow boat trips to Henley, Maidenhead and Windsor. Rowing boats are also available to hire from Higginson Park during the summer months. Marlow sits close to the Berkshire border and has strong links via boat trips and boat hire to its Berkshire neighbours Maidenhead and Windsor as well as Royal Regatta centre, Oxfordshire's Henley.
The Chilterns border Marlow to the north. Visitors based in Marlow B&B inns, luxury hotels and holiday cottages have easy access to the ancient woodlands of the Chilterns as well as Windsor, Cookham and Henley attractions. Marlow station affords direct train links to central London and Marlow contains a wide choice of riverside and country inns, cafes and award winning restaurants.
Milton Keynes is one of Europe's fastest growing cities containing premier conference and leisure facilities, museums and galleries and hundreds of restaurants and bars. Situated just off the M1 motorway only 30 minutes by train and a 1 hour drive from central London and Birmingham, Milton Keynes is a top choice with both business and leisure visitors. For business, there are four purpose built conference centres in Milton Keynes. Sports and leisure facilities in Milton Keynes are impressive inclusive of cutting edge sports centre like Xscape with snow slope and Willen Lake for a range of watersports including jet ski, water skiing and wakeboarding.
Attractions near Milton Keynes include Britain's premier centre for motorsport for over 60 years Silverstone. Beautiful Buckinghamshire historic market towns and coaching villages including Stony Stratford, Olney and Wavendon offer a wide choice of country house hotels, historic coaching inn B&Bs and self catering barns all close to Milton Keynes and Silverstone.
Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes is a famous historic site for codebreaking during World War II and the birthplace of the modern computer. Pretty Buckinghamshire villages like Olney and Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes contain a wonderful choice of independents shops, traditional inns and fine cafes and tearooms.
Charming Chilterns village Great Missenden is famously associated with the author Roald Dahl who moved here to Gipsy House in 1954. Many of Roald Dahl's children's stories are set around the village. The award winning Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre on Great Missenden High Street explores the author's life and books in a fun interactive way and visitors can identify several features in the village like the BP pumps on the High Street which inspired or appeared in his stories.
Great Missenden village contains charming traditional real ale pubs, independent shops and a choice of character B&Bs. The village serves as an excellent gateway into the Chilterns countryside, within easy reach of Amersham and the Chiltern Open Air Museum. Great Missenden also boasts outstanding public transport links, with Great Missenden station affording direct rail links to London Marylebone and to Amersham for London Underground connections.