The county of Buckinghamshire is known for its beautiful countryside and historic buildings, providing plenty of inspiration for exciting days out. Right on the doorstep of London, the south of Buckinghamshire is home to the towns of High Wycombe, Amersham, Marlow and Beaconsfield. Those who head north will travel through Aylesbury Vale with its range of enchanting villages, magnificent country houses and quaint market towns. A wealth of charming traditional country inns are dotted around the stunning countryside and villages, many of which are destinations in their own right. If you are planning a trip to Buckinghamshire, we’ve put together the top five tourist attractions and destinations that you won’t want to miss.
Created by a family that were so powerful that their riches exceeded the kings, Stowe displays its scale, grandeur and beauty through over forty magnificent monuments and temples, against a stunning backdrop of lakes and valleys along with an endless variety of different trails and walks. The site of a derelict coaching inn that was used by the earliest visitors to Stowe around 300 years ago is now home to a vibrant new Visitor Centre that opened in 2012.
Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre
Located in beautiful countryside and open all year round, Green Dragon offers plenty of space for children to explore and play all year round. Fully opened in spring this year, the Green Dragon Farm has been thirty-eight years in the making, and a dream come true for owner Ray Marzac who is passionate about conservation and sustainable living. Visit the Eco Café for a selection of fresh homemade foods from local suppliers.
Queens Park Arts Centre & Limelight Theatre
The Queens Park Centre has something for everyone, with seventy weekly arts and crafts workshops including needlecraft, drama, yoga, painting, pottery and much, much more. The Limelight Theatre within the centre provides affordable access to quality live theatre, music and comedy shows, along with a number of interesting exhibitions and demonstrations.
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Aimed at young children and their families, this award-winning small museum houses three fun, fact-packed galleries made up of hands-on displays and activities. There are always a range of craft activities available, and on the weekend and during school holidays the museum hosts a number of workshops, storytelling sessions and events.
No. 2 Pound Street
An innovative wine shop based in the picturesque market town of Wendover in the centre of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns, No. 2 Pound Street sells classic wine favourites alongside further ranges of quirky, organic, and biodynamic wines created by smaller producers from all corners of the globe. To compliment the wine, there is an amazing British deli counter, which celebrates the award-winning artisan producers of cheeses, meats and smoked salmon in the country. No. 2 Pound Street has won a number of awards and commendations, and is well worth a visit as part of a tour or shopping trip.
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