Ascott House

Ascott HouseThis a half-timbered Jacobean hunting lodge, built in 1876. Once owned by Leopold de Rothschild. Contains a Dutch and English picture collection, plus much French and English furniture and Chinese porcelain.
Run by National Trust*

Opening times: Mar~Sept: Tue to Sunday (not Monday), 14:00 to 18:00
Admission Charge*
Location: Near Wing on the A418 - Tel: 01296 688242

Bletchley Park

Historic IBM ComputerHome of the WWII secret operations group that tirelessly worked to decipher encoded German military communications during the war. Guided tours tell the fascinating story of the German Enigma Machine and Alan Turing's hand built 'bombes' computer, developed to finally crack the code. Other exhibits include the war time use of homing pigeons, military vehicles and a Churchill collection.

The National Museum of Computing is also located in the grounds of the Bletchley Park estate.

Opening times: daily 9.30 to 5.30pm, Weekends 10.30 to 5pm (Closed Xmas)
Admission Charge
Location: The Mansion, Bletchley Park MK3 6EB - Tel:

Bolebec Castle Mound

Bolebec Castle MoundThe earthworks and moat of a castle, built in 1147 by Hugh de Bolebec and pulled down after the Civil War.

Location: On Market Hill at Whitchurch on the A413
Image Credit: Philip Jeffrey (CC2)

Burnham Beeches

English WoodlandOver 500 acres of ancient beech woodlands, pasture, ponds, streams, grassland and heath land - ideal for ramblers and walkers. The area was acquired by the City of London in 1880 to prevent residential development. There has been woodland on the site since the retreat of the last ice age and the area has been inhabited as early as the Iron Age, indicated by several Scheduled Ancient Monuments on the site.

Location: Lord Mayors Drive (off Beeches Road), Slough SL2 3PS (Parking available)
Tel: 01753 647358
Image Credit: Kathryn19

Bekonscot Model Village

Bekonscot Model VillageThe oldest model village in the world, first opened to the public in 1929. A wonderful picture of 30s rural England, with miniature houses, churches, castles, shops, a fire station, race course, farms, zoo, a working model railway and a harbour. Covered picnic area and children's play area.

Opening times: daily from 10am - Admission Charge
Location: Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2PL
Tel: 01494 672919
Image Credit: stgeorgemr

Chenies Manor

Chenies Manor and GardensBrick-built manor house owned by the Russell family, from the early 16th century until 1955. The Russells rose under the patronage of Henry VIII, and a whole wing was created to accommodate the king and his court when he came to stay. The house provides a dramatic backdrop for some very impressive gardens, noted for its clipped topiary and roses.

Opening times: April to October - Admission Charge
Location: Chenies, Rickmansworth WD3 6ER
Tel: 01494 762888
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Chiltern Hills

This chalk escarpment stretches from Oxfordshire in the Thames Valley, through Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire. A large area of the hills was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965. The highest point is 267m at Haddington Hill near Wendover, where a stone monument marks the summit. The nearby Ivinghoe Beacon is a more distinctive hill and a popular spot for walkers and model aircraft enthusiasts, who use the lift generated by the wind blowing up the hill to launch their models. Read more about the Chilterns ...

Claydon House

Claydon HouseAn 16th-18th-c manor house owned by the Verney family, where Florence Nightingale often came to stay from 1859-1890. The internal decor is spectacular. Its ceilings, cornices, walls and overmantels are adorned with delicate carvings by Luke Lightfoot. The Chinese room is particularly fine.

Opening times: April to October - Admission Charge
Location: Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire MK18 2EY
Tel: +441296730349 - run by National Trust
Image Credit: Nigel Cox (CC2)


Cliveden GardensThe country home of Lord Astor in the 1930s and a famous political centre. The house has fabulous gardens that provide magnificent views over the River Thames.

Opening times: all year (exc. Xmas) - Admission Charge
Location: Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS
Tel: 01628 605069 - Run by National Trust
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/Clive Nichols

Dorney Court

Dorney CourtA beautiful pink brick, timbered and gabled, Tudor manor house built around 1440. Lived in by several generations of Palmers. Its magnificent Great Hall is lined with old masters. In particular a portrait by Lely of the gallant Countess of Castlemaine. A large carved stone pineapple commemorates the first pineapple to be successfully grown here in England.

Opening times: special public days only - see website for detais - Admission Charge
Location: Dorney Lane, Dorney, Windsor SL4 6QP
Tel: 01628 604638
Image Credit: Michael Garlick (CC2)

Hughenden Manor

Hughenden Manor GardensHome of Benjamin Disraeli from 1848 until his death in 1881. With the help of the architect E.B. Lamb, he restyled the red brick Victorian mansion in a Gothic and Jacobean-style with extensive formal and informal gardens. The interior survives today much as it did in Disraeli's time. His study remains untouched, containing many of his personal items, including letters from Queen Victoria, manuscripts of his novels and family portraits. The house is surrounded by beautiful parkland and sweeping lawns, with formal gardens and a terraced Italianate garden near the house.

Opening times: March to December - Admission Charge
Location: Valley Rd, High Wycombe HP14 4LA
Tel: 01494 755573 - run by National Trust
Image Credit: Hannah Brownlie

Milton's Cottage

John Milton's CottageThe sole surviving home of poet John Milton, who came here with his wife and child in 1665 to escape the Great Plague of London. Although he only stayed here for two years, it contains a substantial collection of portraits, busts and relics, as well as many rare books. Including a first edition of Paradise Lost, the epic poem he penned whilst staying here. The cottage's lovely garden is filled with flowers in summer.

Opening times: Mar-Oct, Tue-Sat - Admission Charge
Location: 21 Deanway, Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4JH
Tel: 01494 872313
Image Credit: Alan (CC2)


Stowe GardensA mansion house and landscaped park created and developed in the 17th and 18th centuries for the Dukes of Buckinghamshire. Three great landscape designers, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and Capability Brown, were brought in to achieve the site's natural look and feel. There is a sweeping lake, pavilions, monuments, arches, bridges and 32 classical temples in the grounds.

Opening times: all year (exc. Xmas) - Admission Charge
Location: Buckinghamshire, MK18 5EQ
Tel: 01280 817156 - Run by National Trust
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon ManorA 19th-century French style mansion built for Baron de Rothschild, housing a magnificent collection of Sévres porcelain, 18th-c furniture and paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds. The house is surrounded by one of the finest Victorian gardens in England, with magnificent trees, lawns, terraces and a Rococo style aviary.

Opening times: March to November - Admission Charge
Location: Waddesdon, Aylesbury HP18 0JH
Tel: 01296 820414

West Wycombe Park

West Wycombe Park, Village and Hill, BuckinghamshireA Palladian style mansion, built in the 15th-c by Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the notorious Hell-Fire Club (known as the knights of St Francis of Wycombe). The house has many superbly decorated rooms with fine ceilings, painted by the Italian Borgnis family. Of particular interest is the tapestry room, hung with Flemish arras, the red drawing room and the saloon. Within the park is a hilltop church and mausoleum (see image), and a landscaped lake.

In caves, to the north of the park below church hill, is where The Hell Fire Club is said to have conducted its secret revels.

Opening times: April to August - Admission Charge
Location: Park, Village and Hill, High Wycombe HP14 3AJ
Tel: 01494 755571
Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/Martin Hailey

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