Guide to Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is a county of stately grandeur and striking landscapes. Cut through with the waterways of the Great Union Canal and backed by the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a wonderful place to walk, stroll or picnic at any time of the year.

A 7 day ITINERARY for Buckinghamshire

There are so many things to experience on a trip to Buckinghamshire that seven days may not be enough, however we have compiled the best of the best to ensure you make the most of your holiday.

Buckinghamshire in miniature

Buckinghamshire is brimming with excellent family attractions, it can be a difficult task choosing where to visit first, however Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is a must! This model village is built around the 1930’s era and gives visitors the opportunity to get a glimpse into what life was like all those years ago. This delightful model village is the world’s oldest with it opening for the first time in 1929 boasting over 80 years of history. Buildings include miniature houses, shops, a fire station, a race course, a zoo, a marina and a harbour. The fascinating history coupled with the 1.5 acres of well-kept gardens make it a great educational day out for the whole family.

Time for tea and cake

Holidays are synonymous with indulging in some of your favourite treats, whether these are sweet or savoury. Buckinghamshire’s streets are lined with delightful eateries from which to tantalise your taste buds! Teapots of Olney is a quaint tea room in the traditional market town of Olney, make a visit here to treat yourself to a delicious dish of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon or a toasted teacake brimming with fruit and served with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. After filling your stomach with a hearty breakfast head out and see everything else Olney has to offer, the streets winding through the village boast a fantastic array of independent shops, boutiques and antique outlets providing you with the perfect opportunity to embark in a spot of retail therapy.

Dining alfresco

To make the most of every new place you visit while on holiday, sampling their local produce is a must. Buckinghamshire pride themselves on their ability to source fresh ingredients of great quality right from their own natural larders so why not experience it for yourself! Stop by Kings Farm Shop in Wendover to select some picnic ingredients, this delightful farm shop offers a tempting range of cheeses, locally produced free-range meats, homemade quiches and pies, you will be sure to be spoilt for choice. Once your picnic hamper is full, head to Wendover Woods to indulge in a spot of alfresco dining with glorious surroundings. There are plenty of vantage points from which to take in the beautiful rural views and rolling countryside.

Retail therapy and theatre

If you have some holiday money left over you most certainly can reward yourself with a day of shopping! Eden shopping centre in Wycombe is a great destination to indulge in some serious retail therapy, here you will find an eclectic mix of both high street names and designer brands and with plenty of coffee shops speckled throughout there are plenty of opportunities to re-fuel as you go. After a day of shopping head to Wycombe Swan Theatre for an up-market night out, this wonderful venue hosts a fantastic array of shows and entertainment for visitors of all taste and ages to revel in. If you’re feeling peckish you can also enjoy a pre-show three course meal at the Swan Bar and Kitchen – the perfect addition to your theatre trip.

Story time

Buckinghamshire is home to a museum dedicated to everyone’s favourite childhood author – Roald Dahl. If it’s a rainy day, with children in tow and you are stuck on what to do, this makes for an excellent visit. This great little award-winning museum is nestled in the very same village that Roald Dahl himself lived and wrote for 36 years, today it showcases both his life and career and, with its three interactive galleries makes for a fantastic and educational visit. Whilst in Great Missenden it would be rude not to also stop by The Wild Strawberry café, this adorable eatery has been transformed from a marquee into a shabby chic tea room serving delicious cakes and lunches in the most beautiful setting. The tea room is set on a working farm which also gives visitors the opportunity to do some fruit and vegetable picking!

Stately homes and gardens

For a leisurely day out, where you can take a step back and appreciate the beautiful surroundings on offer in Buckinghamshire, Waddesdon House is the perfect destination. Over a century ago, the House and setting were transformed from bare farmland to stunning gardens and parkland to delight the small circle of Baron Ferdinand’s friends and today much of the iconic history still stands. The house boasts magnificent art collections whilst the surrounding gardens highlight exceptional architecture, beautiful flowers and leafy trees which encase the grounds. Take a stroll and experience the beauty for yourself, before stopping by the on-site café for a warming hot chocolate.

Lambs and piglets

For anyone who has an interest in animals, Odds Farm Park in High Wycombe is a great day out. A visit to this small, but fun packed attraction will allow the whole family to get close to all sorts of farm animals, learn about them and join in the many excellent activities and demonstrations on display throughout the year. This is a great attraction come rain or shine due to the Giant Indoor Playbarn where little ones can whoosh down fast slides, scramble through nets and tunnels whilst you enjoy a coffee from their Espresso Bar. After a busy day out, take a detour on your journey home and drop by The Tree at Cadmore, also in High Wycombe for a well-earned late lunch. This child friendly pub and restaurant serves up delicious meals to suit even the fussiest of palettes, from Pan Fried Sea Bass to Spiced Tandoori Chicken Wings you can be assured a high quality meal.

A guide to the Buckinghamshire countryside

Explore the stunning scenic trails and green rolling hills.

Buckinghamshire holidays

Feeling inspired? The beautiful Buckinghamshire landscape is waiting!

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