Things to do in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire, located in South East England, is a county rich in history and natural beauty. It boasts a landscape that includes the rolling Chiltern Hills, extensive woodlands, and picturesque villages, making it a popular destination for both tourists and residents alike. The county is also home to the new town of Milton Keynes, known for its modern infrastructure and cultural venues. Buckinghamshire has a strong historical significance, with ties to the Anglo-Saxon period and several key events throughout British history.

The county offers a diverse range of attractions including stately homes, historic buildings, and museums that tell the story of its past. Among these are the renowned Bletchley Park, the WWII codebreaking centre, and the National Trust’s Cliveden House with its stunning gardens overlooking the River Thames. Buckinghamshire’s educational institutions like The Open University in Milton Keynes contribute to its vibrant community atmosphere, while local festivals and markets showcase its rich cultural heritage.

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  • Cliveden House: This National Trust property offers breathtaking views over the Thames Valley. Visitors can explore its lavish gardens, maze, and woodland walks or take a guided tour of the historic house that played host to royalty and celebrities.
  • Bletchley Park: Once Britain’s best-kept secret, today Bletchley Park is open to all as a museum dedicated to its role in World War II codebreaking efforts. It features exhibitions on cryptography, wartime intelligence activities, and the groundbreaking work of Alan Turing.
  • Waddesdon Manor: A magnificent French Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures. The manor is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens perfect for leisurely walks.
  • Stadium MK: Home to Milton Keynes Dons Football Club, this stadium not only hosts thrilling football matches but also concerts and other large-scale events throughout the year.
  • The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre: Located in Great Missenden where Dahl lived for 36 years, this museum inspires visitors with interactive galleries dedicated to Dahl’s stories and writing hut.
  • The Stables Theatre: Offering an eclectic mix of live music performances ranging from jazz to classical music in an intimate setting nestled within Wavendon.
  • Buckinghamshire County Museum: Situated in Aylesbury, this museum showcases local history through archaeological finds, fine art collections, and changing exhibitions.
  • Chiltern Hills Walks: Explore scenic walking routes across the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for breathtaking landscapes and peaceful countryside experiences.
  • Ascott House & Estate: This half-timbered Jacobean farmhouse turned luxurious Edwardian residence houses an exceptional collection of paintings, fine furniture, and oriental porcelain set within extensive gardens.
  • Gulliver’s Land: An adventure park designed specifically for children aged 2-13 years old featuring rides, shows,and play areas set around themes from Gulliver’s Travels.
  • Centre:MK Shopping Centre: One of the largest shopping centres in Europe offering a wide range of retail stores alongside dining options catering to all tastes within Milton Keynes.
  • Hughenden Manor: Former home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli offering insights into his life through personal memorabilia set against the backdrop of stunning formal gardens.