Buckingham is a great place for just walking around the Town admiring the old buildings, river and enjoying the green spaces or walking the extensive footpath network in and around town. You can mooch around the variety of small specialist shops, the markets (on Tuesdays and Saturdays), enjoy a snack or a full meal in the many eating places or have a drink at the many pubs which cater for all tastes. The main attraction in the town is the Old Gaol, which is worth visiting.
Time your visit right and you will be able to enjoy taking part in the Fringe Week or the Summer Festival, listen (free of charge) to Music in the Market or Band Jam, or enjoy taking a fairground ride in the middle of Town at one of the Charter Fair weekends.
At weekends there is normally a film being shown at The Film Place (and occasionally mid-week). There are also plenty of other events organised throughout the year – just check the Local Events page in the What’s On section of the website. The University of Buckingham concerts and open lectures are popular.
Map of major roads into Buckingham
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There are many other old and interesting buildings in the Town. These include: The Chantry Chapel (a NT property and Buckingham’s oldest building), The Old Town Hall, The Church of St Peter & St Paul, and the iconic Old Gaol. The Old Town with its narrow streets and old buildings is also worth wandering around.
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Buckingham has an abundance of green spaces including the following:
River Great Ouse and Buckingham Canal
The River Great Ouse rises not far away from Buckingham and eventually flows into the sea at Kings Lynn. The River Great Ouse attractively winds its way through the centre of Buckingham and, even though it is only a few miles downstream of where it starts, is already about 10m wide on average. It also has the capacity to flood after significant rain falls and some of the green spaces become an extension of the river.
Buckingham did have a canal but this became disused many years ago. The waterway to Buckingham ran from the Grand Union lock at Cosgrove, on the Grand Union Canal, along the Stony Stratford and Buckingham arms. However, it closed down in the 1960s but there is still evidence of it and the Buckingham Canal Society are currently working on restoring it, including the Bourton arm near to the town centre.
Chandos Park - within easy walking distance of the town centre, Chandos Park’s unique attraction is the Great River Ouse which runs through it. The park has an excellent play area, a multi-use games area (MUGA), and provides the ideal setting for a family picnic.
Heartlands - the green lung of Buckingham, which links its two major parks and contains a skate-board park and children’s playground.
Bourton Park (and Stratford Fields) – a fine recreational area with bridleways, playgrounds, picnic sites and special dog exercising areas.
However there are many other smaller green spaces throughout the Town.
Buckingham is a great base for walking in the Town itself.
The following walks are accompanied by separate guides available from the Tourist Information Centre (in some cases at a small charge).
Circular Walk - Buckingham’s latest attraction is a leisurely walk around the Town perimeter which “joins up” several pre-existing walks. Taking in Bourton Park, the University, Chandos Park and the Great River Ouse, the walk is clearly way marked and includes alternative routes, making it easier for pushchairs etc. Passing through the heart of Buckingham, it meanders through parkland and along the old railway embankment, where it offers great views of the Town.
Map of the Circular Walk
Nearby Circular Walks - Several popular circular walks including the following locations: Thornborough, Claydon Woods and Tingewick & Water Stratford. Other local walks which are well used include: Brill, Stewkley and Oving / North Marston although these are further afield.
Long Distance Walks - There are a number of long distance walks which go through or near to Buckingham including the Bernwood Jubilee Way, the North Bucks Way and the South Bucks Way. A long distance Bridle Path called the Swans Way also comes near to the South of Buckingham.
Buckingham Town Trail - a short walk that passes most of the significant buildings and historical landmarks within the Town Centre. Starts and finishes at the Old Gaol. The Riverside Walk as you might expect focuses on the paths near the river and there is also a walk to St Rumbold’s Well. Exploring Maids Moreton Avenue, a tree lined path, starting from Stratford Road (near to the entrance to Stratford Fields) going up the hill to Maids Moreton can be very pleasant and this walk can also be made into a circular walk by using other footpaths nearby. However there is no guide for this walk. A number of other circular walks around villages in the Buckingham area are also available.
The Swan Pool and Leisure Centre is open 7 days a week and facilities include a 25 metre main pool, fun pool, flume, sauna, squash courts, gymnasium and fitness suite. Tel (01280) 817 500. Click here to visit their website
Chandos Park Tennis Courts are open to the public all year round or you could join Buckingham Tennis Club. Bookings for the courts must be made in person at The Old Gaol Tourist Information Centre, Market Hill, MK18 1JX, though provisional bookings can be made over the phone (01280) 823 020 or by email (email@example.com). Click here for more information on how to book.
Buckingham is also home to two bowls clubs, Chandos Park Bowls Club and Buckingham West End Bowls Club, located on Brackley Road. The town has many other sports clubs including several football clubs, a rugby club and a golf club on the outskirts of the Town.
Buckingham’s central location makes it an ideal base for a touring holiday or somewhere to stop en-route to other major tourist places. It is ideally located for easy access of a number of nearby market towns and, for the dedicated shopaholic and theatre-goer, is less than half an hour from Milton Keynes.
The following are just a selection of the many major attractions that can be easily reached from Buckingham by road (drive times approximate). Further details on specific attractions can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre Tel (01280) 823 020.
Stowe Landscape Gardens… Discover the Unexpected
Explore more than 30 monuments, temples and secret corners, ornamental lakes, wooded valleys and spectacular views; miles of walks and trails through the gardens and surrounding parkland.
One of the finest Georgian landscape gardens extending over 400 acres, with valleys and vistas, lakes and rivers and more than 30 temples and monuments designed by many of the leading architects of the 18th century. The newly restored 250-acre Deer Park has recently opened and restoration continues in other areas of the Park and gardens. The one and a half mile avenue leading from the Buckingham entrance to the triumphal Corinthian arch gives just a taste of the many treasures to be explored. The Trust’s excellent guide will help to explain the symbolism and allegorical nature of many of the landscape’s features and the monuments.
While you are visiting us you can also enjoy the comforts of the National Trust Tea-room and shop. There are events held throughout the year for all ages. The magic of the gardens provide the perfect setting for the Monuments and Temples that complement the landscape to create a truly unforgettable experience at Stowe Landscape Gardens.
Follow the gardens on Twitter @StoweGardens or add us on Facebook by searching ‘National Trust Stowe‘. Click here to visit their website
Motoring at Silverstone - A full range of driving courses including rough terrain, track open days, and indoor and outdoor karting for ages 8+ are available throughout the year.
Brackley Antique Cellar - the largest purpose-built antique centre in the Midlands containing over 80 antique dealers specialising in ceramics, porcelain, clocks, glass, jewellery, rugs, militaria, Victoriana, kitchenalia and furniture.
Bletchley Park - home of the Enigma code breakers, who played such a significant part in winning World War II. Click here to visit their website
Milton Keynes Museum - located at Wolverton and set among farm buildings, the museum has collections depicting industry and rural life from 1800 to the present day, with exhibits ranging from farm carts to a fire engine and from tractors to a tram. A Victorian kitchen is housed in a former laundry and, besides the many displays; there are demonstrations of rural crafts during special open weekends. Click here to visit their website
Claydon House (NT) - Steeped in history, Claydon House is one of England’s most extraordinary houses displaying some remarkable 18th-century rococo and chinoiserie decoration. It is a fascinating showcase of stunning craftsmanship including a spectacular Grand Staircase of elaborate mahogany parquetry inlaid with box, ivory and ebony.
Claydon has been the seat of the Verney family since 1620 including Sir Edmund Verney, the brave ‘Standard Bearer’ to Charles I whose travails during the Civil War have been well chronicled. The house also has many letters and mementoes of their relation Florence Nightingale, who was a regular visitor. Claydon House was given to the National Trust in 1956, but the 6th baronet Sir Edmund Verney and his family still live in the east wing and farm the surrounding estate.
You can stroll through parkland and around the lake, with unspoilt views across the surrounding countryside and take in the Gardens, a renewed example of a Victorian country house walled garden, both decorative and productive with a two acre kitchen garden. There is a Restaurant and a Tea-Room, as well a variety of art and craft outlets. Click here to visit their website.
The Canal Museum – Britain’s waterways heritage housed in a restored corn mill on a living canal in the picturesque village of Stoke Bruerne. Click here to visit their website.
Oxford - the city of dreaming spires and ancient colleges.
Waddesdon Manor (NT) - the Rothschild mansion with an exquisite collection of priceless works of art and furniture. Click here to visit their website
Sulgrave Manor - The Northamptonshire home of George Washington’s ancestors is a splendid example of a modest manor house at the time of Shakespeare. Its many attractive features include the kitchen garden and rose garden with its 16th century sundial. Click here to visit their website
Blenheim Palace - currently home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Click here to visit their website
The Cotswolds - charming villages and countryside, considered by many to be the essence of traditional England.
Stratford-upon-Avon - birthplace of Shakespeare and home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Warwick Castle - the finest medieval castle in Britain. Click here to visit their website
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