Highlights of Buckinghamshire and Self Catering in the area
Buckinghamshire is one of the home counties around London. There are a number of attractive towns and plentiful greenery abounds in Buckinghamshire. To find a great place to stay:
Read on for more information on places to visit in Buckinghamshire.
Top Towns to Visit in Buckinghamshire
Particularly noteworthy places to visit on a self catering break in Buckinghamshire include:
Old Amersham is situated at the bottom of a hill, nestled in the Chiltern countryside and is quite separate from the newer part of the town, Amersham which is situated on the hill. Old Amersham is both picturesque and old worldy. It centres on a very wide high street (from the days of coaching inns where Old Amersham would have been one of the first stop off points for journeys from London on to Birmingham) and also has an ancient Market Hall which is still used for occasional markets today. It is a very desirable area and the high street itself is lined with designer shops, craft shops, restaurants and old coaching inns which have now been transformed in to modern pubs or hotels but sympathetically, retaining original features. The pavements are mostly cobbled and Old Amersham has quite a village feel to it.
Amersham Museum is located in an original Tudor Hall house along the High Street. Walking tours around the Old Town are offered from the museum on Sundays for a small fee. Amersham itself has good links with London and is the last stop on the Metropolitan underground line. Old Amersham is around 20 minutes walk from the underground station or a short car drive away and feels a million miles away from London. Old Amersham is surrounded by beautiful Chiltern Hills, adding to the appeal of this special place.
Buckingham & the surrounding area
Buckingham is a small market town in Buckinghamshire. There are a number of old buildings in Buckingham, perhaps the most noteworthy being Buckingham’s Old Gaol which is now a museum, but was originally a prison. It is interesting not only due to its history but also by virtue of the outward appearance. The Old Gaol is somewhat castle like – quite unusual for a jail. The Old Gaol was built in around 1748.
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Situated very near to Buckingham, deep in the countryside, are Stowe House and Stowe Landscape Gardens. Stowe House, originally a family mansion house and now mostly converted to Stowe School is open to the public at specific opening times where tours are offered of the 8 state rooms. The National Trust’s beautiful landscape gardens are also at this site, offering views of lakes and various intriguing follies and monuments. A visit to Stowe House and Stowe Garden makes for a glorious summer day out.
Wendover is a quaint historic town near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. It is picturesque with old buildings lining the High Street and views of the surrounding beautiful Chiltern Hills. There is a very quaint chocolate café for those with a sweet tooth where you can enjoy chocolates or chocolate cake, along with a number of restaurants and pubs.
Wendover Woods are on the outskirts of Wendover, high up on the hills, with superb views over the surrounding countryside. If you feel like monkeying around and some high adrenaline activity high up in the trees, you may want to book a session with ‘Go Ape’ who have a course at Wendover Woods. You can also cycle or enjoy walks in Wendover Woods. There is even a Forest Café in Wendover Woods so you can recharge your batteries.
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