Guide To Holidaying In Buckinghamshire
A guide by Elizabeth Gardiner
The beautiful home county of Buckinghamshire, located on the outskirts of London towards the Midlands, is considered one of the most spectacular and memorable places to visit in all of Britain.
A rich literary history and variety of picturesque villages make up the 726 square miles of this distinctively green county. Buckinghamshire has around 600,000 residents, which has included the Prime Minister, Tony Blair and world famous childrens' novelist, Roald Dahl.
The lively market town of Aylesbury is one of the main towns in the county and is very popular amongst families because of its abundance of activities to suit everyone.
You can visit the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery to see how his characters came to life or take a trip to Oak Farm Rare Breeds Park to get up-close and personal with a range of friendly farm animals.
The charming town of Amersham has an unique fusion of ancient and modern architecture and is well-known for its designer boutiques and antique stores. One of the most interesting places to go is the Bojangles Creative Café, where the whole family can enjoy a day of creating and painting their own pottery designs.
The Red Lion pub is a popular place to eat and was voted the best `Community Pub in London and Home Counties' by the Morning Advertiser. It has a traditional menu and an outdoor children's play area.
A town worth putting your walking shoes on for is Marlow. Stroll along the riverside past divine Georgian houses on the way to the Suspension Bridge. Afterwards sit down to a traditional English meal at The Kings Heads or satisfy your Italian taste buds at Café Uno.
The Marlow Town Regatta and Festival and Buckinghamshire County Show are two of the annual events to mark in your calendar. Other attractions include Bekonscot Model Village ,the oldest model village in the world. Portraying rural England in the 1930's, time has stood still in this wonderland of make-believe for over 70 years. Also worth a trip is the beautiful Willen Lake, where you can participate in a range of water sports.
Milton Keynes has emerged as a popular retreat for visitors and is famous for its large shopping facilities and obvious lack of congestion and litter amongst its green boulevards.
The biggest attractions include Xscape, Europe's largest indoor skiing complex; Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit and ten-pin bowling at Megabowl. The Bridge restaurant is a cosy place to eat and serves simple meals produced from local ingredients.
The heart of Buckinghamshire is the town of Buckingham, home to Britain's first independent university. A rich history is laden in the walls of the Old Gaol and Town Hall near the vibrant market square.
Visit the Stowe Landscape Gardens to witness the beauty of One of the first and finest Georgian landscape gardens in Britain, Stowe has over 30 arches and temples mirrored in the waters of lakes or silhouetted against the sky. The garden and park were created by the Temple family during a two hundred year period. For the nature lovers amongst you a trip to Cliveden is also a must. This spectacular estate overlooking the River Thames has a series of charismatic gardens featuring topiary, statuary, water gardens, a formal parterre and woodland and riverside walks with magnificent vistas.
For a fanatastic meal with atmosphere take a seat at a number of eateries such as The New Inn, which specialises in Sri Lankan curries.
Don't forget to visit some other great restaurants within the county such as Chesham Cottage for the finest home cooked oriental meals or The Ivy House in Chalfont St Giles, to taste their award-winning traditional and exotic dishes.
All the towns have an extensive range of attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
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