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Holidays in Aylesbury

The beautiful county town of Buckinghamshire with Old English connections

View above the River Thames

Cosy pubs, ancient architecture and a selection of interesting shops make Aylesbury an excellent place to visit.

Aylesbury is an attractive town with a bustling centre packed with historical buildings, independent shops and excellent eateries. At the heart of the town is the elegant Market Square, where you’ll find various sculptures and statues, and a Victorian clock tower. Don’t miss the King’s Head, a 14th century coaching inn which is now owned by the National Trust. Visitors can still enjoy a pint of real ale and there’s a collection of intriguing artefacts, including a chair which was supposedly used by Oliver Cromwell in 1651, following his victory at the Battler of Worcester. Aylesbury is surrounded by the unspoilt countryside of the Vale of Aylsebury, which is a great place for a variety of outdoor pursuits including walking and cycling. The region is also home to ancient woodlands, stately homes and pretty villages.

One of the town’s most popular attractions is Buckinghamshire County Museum, where the area’s fascinating history is revealed to visitors. In the same building is the excellent Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, where you’ll find plenty of fun activities for young readers. There’s also a good café, garden and gift shop.

The rolling hills of Aylesbury

The countryside surrounding Aylesbury is scattered with fun attractions, such as Bekonscot Model Village and Railway. This is the world’s oldest model village with an extensive railway, beautiful gardens and more than 80 years of history. Also well worth a visit are the Hellfire Caves, a network of manmade caves which were once the haunt of the notorious Hellfire Club, who went there to drink and carry out satanic rituals.

“Cosy pubs, ancient architecture and a selection of interesting shops make Aylesbury an excellent place to visit.”

Aylesbury has some excellent places to eat, whether you’re looking for a cosy pub or an atmospheric restaurant. One of the town’s best pubs is the Hop Pole, known for its welcoming atmosphere and excellent selection of local ales. It also has an extensive menu, including seafood, mezze platters and a selection of fresh salads. One of the area’s best Indian restaurants is Little Kimble, where you’ll find a range of delicious curries. Alternatively, check out one of Aylesbury’s most popular eateries, The Grill Steakhouse, where every dish is made from prime, 28-days-hung beef.

Some of England’s most impressive countryside is easily reached from Aylesbury, including the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is a haven for wildlife and a great place for hiking and cycling.

While you’re there

Bekonscot Model Village

Feel like a giant as you wander amongst the tiny houses and railways.

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Children will love the three interactive galleries of this museum in Roald Dahl's home town.

Buckinghamshire County Museum

Fascinating exhibitions tell the story of Buckinghamshire's natural and cultural heritage.

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