Bordering Greater London, Buckinghamshire is a ceremonial county that encompasses historic market towns, picturesque villages and protected areas of natural beauty. Its name translates as “the district of Bucca’s home” in reference to an Anglo-Saxon landowner, with the area having a long history dating back to the Celtic Britons.
Things to do in Buckinghamshire
Whether you want to explore magnificent country estates or learn about the computing legacy of Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire is sure to inspire.
Sightsee in Buckingham. Once the county seat of Buckinghamshire, Buckingham is a lively market town renowned for its Georgian architecture. Wander through the 18th-century Old Town and visit the Gothic Revival-style Old Gaol, which houses a museum that brings Buckingham’s history to life.
Visit the National Trust-run Stowe Estate. Commissioned by Sir Richard Temple in the 17th century, Stowe House is a Grade I-listed country house surrounded by English-style landscaped gardens. Join a guided tour to learn about the colourful characters who once occupied the residence, then admire the pavilions, bridges and monuments that dot the spectacular grounds.
Explore the Chiltern Hills. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chiltern Hills is an idyllic setting for both long and short walks. From Coombe Hill, there are magnificent views across Aylesbury Vale, all the way to the Cotswolds on a clear day. You can get up close to animals from across the globe at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or visit the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames.
Discover the history of computing at Bletchley Park. On the southern edge of Milton Keynes, Bletchley Park is a country estate that is synonymous with code-breaking during World War II. It’s home to “Colossus”, the world’s first programmable digital computer, as well as the hands-on exhibits of the National Museum of Computing.
Getting around Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire is around an hour’s drive from the centre of London and 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Trains connect to major towns and cities throughout the county while buses serve smaller villages.