It's so easy to get to Buckinghamshire that you will soon see why it's a favourite for city dwellers looking to get out of town. Indeed, it's ideal for either a day trip or an extended weekend break. Nestled among the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the county truly is blessed with a beautiful landscape. The main stations serving the county from London are Marylebone and Paddington and you can reach High Wycombe or Buckingham in under 30 minutes.
The other major calling points in the county are Amersham, Aylesbury, Chesham and Winslow. High Wycombe draws visitors from miles around to its enormous Eden Shopping Centre, as well as the mythical Hellfire Caves. These are located in the nearby charming village of West Wycombe, surrounded by miles of rolling green hills. In Buckingham, wander across 250 acres of walking trails around the gorgeous Stowe House, which has monuments and temples to explore on the grounds. In Chesham, see the amazing Ashridge Estate, built in the 19th century in extravagant Gothic Revival style. To find out about Buckinghamshire events, exhibitions, markets and more, go to the Visit Buckinghamshire website or check out the Twitter feed on the right. Trains to Buckinghamshire depart from Oxford, Bedford, Reading and Northampton.
Top 5 destinations in Buckinghamshire
- High Wycombe: One of the closest towns to London, with plenty to do besides shopping and nature walks. Head to another of the county's finest stately homes, the 18th century West Wycombe Park. High Wycombe Museum takes a look at the town's local history from the 17th century to the present.
- Milton Keynes: Undoubtedly the best place for family trips in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes has a huge range of activities to enjoy. Head to Gulliver's Land, a superb theme park with a range of great rides, and Snowzone, with indoor ski slopes which can be enjoyed at any time of year. Xscape is a brilliant place for adrenaline junkies, with bungee jumping and more.
- Buckingham (Bletchley Station): Another great place for keeping the kids entertained, this is where you can find the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. The author called Buckinghamshire home for many decades and this amazing institution brings his books to life.
- Aylesbury: If your main intention is to get away from the crowds of your hometown, you couldn't pick anywhere better than Aylesbury. Walk through acres of serene parkland at the many green spaces, such as Vale Park and Haddington Hill.
- Beaconsfield: This alluring town boasts unique attractions including Burnham Beeches, with its ancient trees. Beaconsfield is another great choice for letting the stresses of everyday life slip away as you rediscover nature on the doorstep of the capital.
Travelling to Buckinghamshire by train
It's easy to reach to the county with trains to Buckinghamshire. Journeys from London Marylebone to High Wycombe are often direct, with no stops on the service provided by Chiltern Railways. Trains are particularly frequent too, departing every 15 to 30 minutes on average. Bedford to Milton Keynes Central takes under an hour, usually changing at Bletchley and calling at Millbrook, Ridgmont and Fenny Stratford among other key calling points. This journey is provided by West Midlands Trains.
The journey from Reading to Aylesbury takes around 2 hours, with a change at London Paddington before carrying on through Harrow-on-the-Hill, Amersham and Stoke Mandeville. The service is run by Great Western and Chiltern Railways. This makes Buckinghamshire a wonderfully well-provisioned county for travelling to by train, serving as a nexus between Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, London and other surrounding locations. Whether coming for the day for a quick escape into the country or spending a long weekend shopping, sightseeing and soaking in the history, trains to Buckinghamshire are the start of an unforgettable holiday.
Train stations in Buckinghamshire
These are the key train stations in Buckinghamshire. Why not look at each of them and consider somewhere off the beaten track for a return visit to this gorgeous rural county?
- Aylesbury Vale Parkway
- Bourne End
- Bow Brickhill
- Chalfont & Latimer
- Denham Golf Club
- Fenny Stratford
- Gerrards Cross
- Great Missenden
- Haddenham & Thame Parkway
- High Wycombe
- Little Kimble
- Milton Keynes
- Monks Risborough
- Princes Risborough
- Seer Green and Jordans
- Stoke Mandeville
- Woburn Sands