Towns Around And About



The County Town of Buckinghamshire is a place of surprising contrasts. The market, a part of Aylesbury life since the 13th century, is complemented by modern shopping areas. The charming conservation area around St. Mary's Church lies in sleepy lanes and cottages above the town. Around every corner is a tale - Henry VIII reputedly wooed Anne Boleyn at the King's Head; Roald Dahl invented his classic children's tales in the Aylesbury area, and his imagination is now celebrated in the town's County Museum. And in the cobbled market square, stands the imposing figure of John Hampden - a local hero and key figure in the defeat of the Royalist in the English Civil War.


Dating back to Saxon times, the town can boast that it was once granted a charter by the legendary Alfred the Great. The enchanting Georgian buildings of the town centre are enlivened by the unique Old Gaol and Town Hall. Take a gentle stroll along the tightly interwoven streets leading to the hill-top parish church of St. Peter and Paul, or follow the meandering riverside path of the Ouse which runs through the heart of the town.


A picturesque town, one of its jewels being the Red Lion, whose former guests include Oliver Cromwell and Robert Louis Stevenson. The focal point of the town is the Clock Tower, built in 1842. Wendover is nowadays famed for its many culinary delights, boasting a fine array of places to eat from around the world. The scenery from nearby Coombe Hill and Wendover Woods is amongst the most spectacular in the Vale.


Princes Risborough:

Nestling as it does in a natural pocket in the western escarpment of the Chiltern Hills, on the edge of the Vale of Aylesbury, and between the dry and wet weather routes of a Roman Road, Princes Risborough has afforded shelter to the traveller and sanctuary for its inhabitants for more than one thousand years.


Tring stands at a meeting of the ways. Where the prehistoric Icknield Way, hugging the chalk escarpment from East Anglia to Salisbury Plain, crosses the Roman Akeman Street, piercing the Chilterns on its way from St. Albans to Alcester, you will find Tring.


Thame is an ancient market town close to the Chiltern Hills. It has a long history dating from the earliest times. This is reflected in the many old and interesting buildings including the Parish Church, Market House and timber framed buildings such as the Birdcage.